Suzanne Slair with special guest, Wyatt Espalin

Suzanne Slair

Singing and songwriting professionally since the age of 6 in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, Suzanne recorded and performed in hundreds of folk festivals and concerts at a very early age with international folk artist, Paulo (Paul Finkleman).

She also performed in the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics as a child, and studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Canada.

Suzanne was accepted to attend a conservatory program in NYC at the age of 18, where she studied voice under the Metropolitan Opera's mezzo-soprano, Ariel Bybee, and studied dance under Bob Fosse's proteges at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She composed and recorded musical scores and dance numbers for off-Broadway shows.

However, she quickly expanded her musical roots in the NYC's Lower East Side live music scene.

Fronting rock bands, singing and playing guitar, headlining at CBGB's, Don Hill's, The Spiral, Acme Underground and other revolutionary clubs, were Suzanne's rites of passage, as they were for all New York rockers at that time.

When CBGB's closed down in 2006, it marked the end of an era in NYC. That year also marked Suzanne's move to Austin TX, where she developed a deeper connection to her songwriting.

Wyatt Espalin

With the Ocoee River in East Tennessee as the backdrop, and North Georgia on the horizon, Wyatt Espalin's debut album, The Pardon (April, 2013), was born. Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eleven, Wyatt's passion for music was obvious, even from the barn room stage built by his grandfather. He and his brother Matt were known as "The Fiddling Brothers." While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with Cobi Ferguson to form the acclaimed Americana duo, Trees Leave. Combining electric guitar with traditional bluegrass roots led to a noticeably unique sound and a growing fan base. Having years of touring under their belts and two successful albums, Run (2008) and The Gospel of Hurt (2010), it was time for Cobi to settle down, and Wyatt to find a new setting fit for a more personal level of songwriting. So alone began his sabbatical to the Ocoee, and his debut album, The Pardon, which in ten songs provides ten glimpses into breakups, burdens, colorful britches, and the light on the other side of it all.

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