Devin Tuel

Devin Tuel

As a native Pennsylvanian, Devin Tuel has established herself on the East Coast as a folk singer/songwriter by performing in venues such as, The Bitter End in New York City, participating in the "New York Singer Songwriter Sessions", and playing intimate theatres throughout Philadelphia, including Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville. She has been compared to the likes of Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell, as her voice is a crisp and floating vibrato through which she showcases her poignant and personal lyrics.

Growing up in Pennsylvania surrounded by winding country roads and lush trees, Devin quickly took to writing poetry to describe the beauty of her hometown. Music has always been a part of Devin’s life; she spent long hours singing and learning guitar with her father. Her southern ancestry and love for traditional folk music became a large part of her musical style as she began writing her own songs. Devin moved to New York City in 2008, to attend a small liberal arts college. During that time she felt moved and inspired by the vast array of people and experiences that filled the city, but longed for her woodland upbringings leading her to write some of her most honest and heartfelt music to date.

Now back in the Philadelphia area, and soon to be Nashville bound, Devin is taking to the studio in the beginning of 2013 where she will record her first EP, ‘Heavy Soul’. A collection of five songs that transcended from folk beginnings and once paired with melancholy emotions of her trials in love and loss, gave way for a grittier alternative country rock. ‘Heavy Soul’ will begin Devin’s career with a resonating bang. Upon the release of ‘Heavy Soul’ in 2013, Devin will go on her first major tour.

Todd Fausnacht (of The Dull Blue Lights)

Whatever muse inspires Todd Fausnacht to pen his blue notes, she overshot by about two generations. Fausnacht is an echo chamber of the early twentieth century whose soulful blues ballads and front porch country toe-tappers kick up a Dust Bowl nostalgia the size of Oklahoma. The sound is Americana through and through, drawing from the blues of Blind Willie McTell and Lightnin’ Hopkins, the twangs of Woody Guthrie and Merle Travis, and the souls of Dylan and the Beats (Ginsberg, Kerouac, that bunch). But you don’t have to take this humble biographer’s word for it. Fausnacht fills in the ranks of the Philadelphia Folksong Society and has graced the stages of the prestigious Philadelphia Folk Festival and XPN’s State Street Blues Stroll. Or you can listen to his latest record, Todd Fausnacht and the Well Whiskey Wind Whistlers, at toddfausnacht.bandcamp.com and decide what you think for yourself. But whatever you do, take your beaten soul with you.

Katie Barbato

Katie is currently recording her new album at Blackbird Studios in Nashville with producer Obie O’Brien while gearing up for the theatrical release of “Sugar”. Katie wrote the theme song “Sugar” which is featured in the trailer. The film stars Shenae Grimes, Corbin Bleu, Marshall Allman and Austin Williams and follows the story of a group of homeless kids as they try to survive on the streets of Venice Beach seen through the eyes of a 20 year old named, Sugar. Katie’s song is featured on the soundtrack with songs by Cat Power, Hope Sandoval, and Jane’s Addiction.

Katie has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Ginger Coyle, Dan Collins, Jackie Greene, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, Citizen Cope with Meshell Ndegeocello, Sharon Little, and Melissa Ferrick. She has performed at notable venues and festivals such as Bethlehem Musikfest, TurksHead Music Festival, Block Island Music Festival, Ladybug Festival, Sellersville Theater, Club Passim, The House of Blues, Tin Angel, World Cafe Live, Pianos, The Bitter End, and The Rockwood MusicHall. Barbato was one of four winners of the “Revolution” contest held by The Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project in 2011. She has done commercial work for Clear Channel, and has been featured on Radio 104.5 FM, WXPN 88.5FM, Hometown Heroes 93.7 WSTW, Boston’s WERS and the NBC 10! Show.

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