Brett Benowitz

Brett Benowitz was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Cartersville, Georgia. As a kid he was drawn to the funky style of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the virtuous guitar playing of Jimi Hendrix. By age 13 he picked up the guitar and started writing music. When Brett was 20 he studied abroad in Israel and for the first time, he started playing his original songs in bars and clubs with his guitar duo band, Lechem v’Dagan (Bread and Grain). After returning to the states he recorded his first self-titled album dedicated to the loving memory of his late grandmother, Betty Benowitz, and after graduating college in 2011, he moved to NYC to pursue a career in music. While living in Brooklyn, Brett recorded two albums with his blues duo band, Sham, and a solo EP called “One”. Now Brett has completed his greatest work yet, Burn To Glow, a nine-song concept album recorded at Dubway Studios in NYC. Drawing from funk, soul, blues, and rock, Brett’s music is blue-eyed soul with groove and passion. With emotional lyrics, funky guitar licks, and powerful vocals most often compared to that of Jeff Buckley’s, Brett bares his soul in his songs with heartfelt messages and catchy melodies you’ll be humming in your sleep.

Katie Buchanan

Katie Buchanan is an indie-pop singer/songwriter and producer. She plays guitar loudly, drinks whiskey slowly, and writes songs that beg for a second listen. Her sophomore album, Who We Are When We’re Standing, will be released June 9, 2017.

Common Jack

Brooklyn based folk-rock outfit Common Jack was formed by singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist John Gardner during a two and a half year world tour with the actor-musician Broadway show, Once. Based on the indie film of the same name, starring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova of The Frames / Swell Season, Gardner spent those years playing Once to sold out houses in America, Canada, and Japan while gigging with his own material during his free time.

Citing a wide range of influences from Bob Dylan and George Harrison to Hurray for the Riff Raff, Feist, & Weezer, Gardner operates within the fluid genre of Americana, employing folk song structures while blending in elements of rock, blues, and pop to create fresh arrangements, all while retaining a sense of familiarity and history that all Americana music has.

Collaborating with some of the Once musicians, Gardner recorded Common Jack's debut LP - Bowl, Holland - in Washington DC's historic Cue Recording Studios with platinum producer Jim Ebert (Dave Grohl, Madonna). Bowl, Holland was praised for the "richness of the sound...from minimalist to quite symphonic." & for Gardner's songwriting and singing, "his voice takes us in quite a poetic world, in a very original musical dimension, he makes us fly." (Michel Penard, ISA Radio)

Upon finishing the album, Gardner immediately began working on what would become Common Jack's second LP. Recording at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn with co-producer & engineer Harper James (of breakout group Eighty Ninety), Gardner and the band pushed themselves even further with a dynamic new album, Strange New State. It was released to critical acclaim & realized the potential so many heard on Bowl Holland. Longtime Common Jack friend and radio DJ in France Michel Penard of ISA radio immediately wrote “this album will remain the first gem on the discography...(Gardner) reached something with these recordings.” These sentiments were echoed by The Alternate Root magazine, “Common Jack snags the indie style of musical inclusivity...self assured and confident...hits a universal note.”

Rickenbach

Cosmic folk troubadour Ryan Rickenbach makes his Arlene’s debut. Rickenbach released Stasis EP in 2016 and is currently recording a debut LP for his fledgling vanity label, A-Frame Records. More information and a lusty music video at rickenbachmusic.com.

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