Amber Rubarth

Amber Rubarth won the Grand Prize in this year's New Song Mountain Stage Contest for her song "Letter From My Lonelier Self," giving her the great opportunity to record her new unreleased album with a musical hero of hers, Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids). Her quirky and endearingly candid songwriting has attracted enthusiasm from NPR's All Songs Considered, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, a glowing feature in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and a Sun Studio Session airing nationwide on PBS.

Amber grew up with her father who owned five CDs, the best of which was The Bodyguard Soundtrack. She knew she loved music, but her exposure was limited. At seventeen, she moved to Carson City, NV and became a chainsaw sculptor. She did this seven days a week with a waitressing job at night for four years, until one night her mentor shared that the most important thing he had learned was to follow your number one passion, because that is the only way you will be truly great and serve your purpose in the world. It struck a chord, and the next week she returned her chainsaw and bought a guitar. Curious and motivated, she began writing and performing at open mics and coffee shops. She posted her songs to MySpace, where they caught on quickly and she was named one of the Top 100 Independent Artists with over 1.5 million plays. She began touring independently throughout the US, Europe and Japan, and through word of mouth alone many concerts began selling out.

The new album produced by Jacquire King will be released in late 2011. Amber is also composing for films, most recently writing and performing music with Paul Brill for the Sundance Film Festival winner "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work." She is also one half of Brooklyn's buzz band The Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlight feature.

For more information and a free MP3, please visit http://AmberRubarth.com

Two-time grammy nominated artist, Dave Eggar has performed throughout the world included solo appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Center London, the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, Mr. Eggar has performed and recorded with artists such as Evanescence, The Who, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Brecker, Train, Frank Ocean, Carly Simon, Dave Sanborn, Ralph Stanley, and many others.
He has won awards for his work in contemporary music from ASCAP, the Leonard Bernstein Foundation, MacDowell Colony, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Time Magazine and was the winner of the SONY Records Elevated Standards Awards in classical music. The New York times sighted his "Boundless imagination" and "Limitless Possibility" in his most recent New York recital. Dave Eggar currently tours with the band Deoro and has released records on the Domo and Chesky labels.

How would you define “world music”? For Tim Snider, it’s personal expression inspired by his world travels. Studying violin, guitar and percussion across the globe and incorporating his influences like Ben Harper, Paul Simon, Nick Drake and Bill Withers, Tim Snider continues to surprise his audience – and himself – with new blends of foot-stomping, soul-stirring musical goodness.

For most of us drawn to music, it’s an inexplicable force. For Tim, it was a cosmic force. When he was two weeks old, his grandmother, nearing her last days, held him in her arms and proclaimed, “Finally, this will be my violinist.” She had inherited her love of violin from her father, Theodore Post, who had studied violin at Julliard and Harvard and helped found the music department at University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Since none of her children took to violin, she knew a grandchild would. She was right. A three-year old Tim, mesmerized by a performance by Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street, begged his mother right there and then for violin lessons.

Tim has barely put down the violin since. His younger years were focused on classical music, then in high school, he discovered guitar and delved into classic rock, blues, folk, funk, metal and grunge. Latin guitar player Milton Merlos inspired Tim to return to violin and the two traveled to Europe to explore flamenco, Cuban salsa, and West African music. When Tim returned to the US in 2003, he enrolled in the jazz department at UNR and started Sol'Jibe, a group that blended American roots, world beat, and Latin rhythms into an inspired sound dubbed "World Rock.” In its eight-year history, Sol’Jibe studied at the National School of Music in Havana, supported legendary artists such as Michael Franti, Robert Randolph, and Steel Pulse, and played over 200 festivals and shows a year across North America.

Today, Tim pulls out all his talents in his solo shows, creating looping layers of each instrument and vocals to produce a fresh, inspired sound every time. Tim took this textured live experience on the road this fall, playing a handful of stops in the Northwest, then heading out of the country to a month long European tour, and recently finishing with ten stops across the southern US. During the tours, Tim opened for and played with diverse acts such as singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth, folk fusion guitarist Rodney Branigan, Americana band Redwood Son, and jam band Keegan Smith and the Fam. You can also catch Tim playing around his hometown of Reno, NV with his band, Tim Snider and The Sound Society. With a line-up of extremely talented musicians including Jason Thomas on drums, Zack Teran on upright bass and vocals, and Alex Miller on guitar, the group is constantly evolving yet always delivers an infectious groove that gets the crowd moving.

He also is an international recording artist, writing, producing, and recording string parts for rock and acoustic artists around the world. As for his own recording, Tim is working on the follow-up to his 2010 EP, The Delmar Sessions, on which he played all the instruments and produced himself.

Tim is currently planning more US show dates so be sure to see him when he comes around. And watch out – with over twenty-five years in music, Tim’s only getting started.

Gold Heart

The five piece band Gold Heart features sisters Analise on mandolin, Jocelyn on guitar, and Shelby on fiddle. They've received the respect and admiration from the Bluegrass and Acoustic communities for their instrumental ability and accomplished harmony laden music. Their style is best described as rootsy, yet fresh and exciting.

The Gold Heart sisters tour extensively as a quintet with their father, Trent, on bass and banjoist Russ Carson. The sisters have gained attention world-wide since their formation in 2005 following an international tour of the UK. They were invited to perform at the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association showcase in Nashville. Jocelyn penns the majority of Gold Heart's materiall. She was a finalist in the 2008 Chris Austin Songwriter's competiton, Bluegrass category, at Murlefest. Gold Hear's album, My Sister's and Me, was released in August of 2009 on Rural Rhythm Records produced by Justin Carbone.

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