Copper Into Steel, South Rail Band, Sara Masterson

Copper Into Steel

An acoustic rock, blues, and bluegrass band from Murfreesboro/Nashville, TN.

South Rail Band

Some voices were just meant for each other. Jay Byrd and Lara Supan blend to make South Rail’s sound undoubtedly their own. Robust harmonies backed by solid songwriting and musicianship define the band’s original music, steeped in a fusion of authentic Americana and Rock and Roll.

South Rail’s melding of genres and styles is attributed to the diverse backgrounds and influences of its members. Lara, originally from the DC area, studied vocal Jazz at Ithaca College in upstate NY. Before joining South Rail she had been singing and performing since the age of three in various settings ranging from a short stint in musical theatre to solo gigs supporting her own album recorded in Ithaca.

Jay was raised in North Carolina, where he began his professional music career in his late teens. He co-founded a blues-rock trio The Groov, then joined a Grateful Dead cover band named Wavy Train. After moving to the DC area in 2001, Jay began his journey into the Americana style. Since then, Jay has won multiple awards from NewSong, and also won the Gold BMI Songwriter Award in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for his original works.

Keeping South Rail in time is drummer Ben Potok. Ben was born and raised in the tri-state area, studied drum set at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and played in multiple regionally touring bands.

South Rail’s upcoming EP consists of songs written independently by Jay and Lara. While Lara’s material tends to lean autobiographical in nature, she cites “how poignant the art of storytelling can be” when referring to Jay’s lyrics. The combination of Jay’s roots style, influenced by artists such as Bob Dylan, Wilco, and Levon Helm, with Lara’s Jazz and Soul influences, more akin to Norah Jones and Adele, comprise South Rail’s distinctive music. Ben produced the EP, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered in the DC area.

South Rail’s collection of original songs, whether heard live or on their EP, is sure to captivate audiences everywhere.

“South Rail is the total package. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing them and hearing them sound fantastic in person and on recordings. The music and performance are a true reflection of their likeable, down-to-earth personalities, poised with their stunning talent, and brilliant songs.” – A. Jones (Ageowns, DC Decibel contributer)

Sara Masterson

Sara Masterson is a singer/songwriter and recording artist from Chicago. Her music is fiery, dreamy and remarkable, with influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Adele. Her earthy vocals and indie-pop melodies capture your interest, while her candid, hopeful lyrics invite you into a dreamy soundscape that shows glimpses of a girl who is destined for a beautiful journey.

Sara is one of the nations top emerging new artists with a reputation for being one of Chicago’s premier music songstresses. Sara has played sold out shows throughout the Midwest and has headlined at top Chicago venues including the Hard Rock Cafe, Subterranean, Uncommon Ground and the Midwest Acoustic Music Festival. Sara has been Songwriter-in-Residence at Uncommon Ground and a featured artist for the Hard Rock Café’s highly selective Songwriter Showcases. Sara is also a top featured artist for the RLife LIVE Renaissance Hotel brand throughout United States, performing at Chicago RLife LIVE events as well as being an entertainer for the RLife LIVE brand throughout the country in cities like Columbus, NYC, Boston, D.C. and Nashville. Sara will be heading out on a national RLife LIVE Renaissance Tour this summer, performing at some of the best music clubs and Renaissance hotels in the East Coast and Southeast.

Sara was chosen by Metromix Chicago as a Chicago band to know, describing her band as “Chicago’s dream rockers.” Sara’s music has received attention from radio stations across the country, including UIC radio, the Artistic Freedom Collective Radio, Outside the Loop wluv 88.7, and the Cool Vibes Radio Podcast. Sara’s songs have also been heard on many different film and media soundtracks through her music licensing deal with Songfreedom. In 2010, Sara released her first full-length album, called “We Don’t Belong.”

Sara recently launched a successful kickstarter campaign to fund her second album, an EP produced by David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters). Check out how you can support her newest project and get tons of exclusive rewards here. She is also currently booking for a major summer tour to support her new EP, called “Always the Beautiful”. The “Always the Beautiful Tour” is headed from Chicago to Columbus, NYC, Boston, D.C., and Nashville, with many cities in between. Check out Sara’s Tour page for a concert near you.


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