Hill Country Live Presents
410 7th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20004
The Believers have a serious love for old school country music - they can't help it if they were raised on punk rock & metal. Founding members Craig Aspen & Cyd Frazzini formed The Believers ten years ago in Seattle amid the Alt. Country- No Depression boom of that time and have been recording and performing ever since. Sharing a range of influences from Gram Parsons to The Clash, they created a Country/ Rock /Soul sound that has earned them praise from contemporaries like Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale and the BBC2 Radio's Bob Harris who declared them simply, "Brilliant." Now, with three albums under their belt and a career spanning almost a decade, The Believers have toured Europe with Grammy winning Country star Jim Lauderdale and the States with Folk /Rock/Zydeco phenomenon Donna the Buffalo, and seem stronger than ever. "We've always considered ourselves a rock band with a country problem, jokes Aspen, but now we've hooked up with these other artists and soaked up all their influences too. Maybe we'll develop a Zydeco problem on the next record...you just never know." Of their latest release 'Lucky You' , Britain's Rock n Reel Magazine wrote The Believers are "What Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three might've sounded like if they'd jammed with The White Stripes." That sounds about right to Cyd Frazzini who smiles and says, "I hope we can always come across that dangerous."
Hard-rocking marina fronts a high-energy power-trio based in Houston. Now for something completely different! In response to popular and persistent fan demand, marina has put together a CD with a dozen a dozen unplugged-style versions of her most requested original tunes. The result is a delightfully spontaneous and challenging body of work that holds up under repeated listenings and stands up to critical comparisons with even the great, recognized practitioners of the song-writing craft. The compositions are shining examples of epic story-telling delivered with unwavering conviction and a fire-in-the-belly ferocity. marina enjoys the intimacy of performing acoustic-solo in small rooms and she has begun to do this type of gig more and more frequently. She has adapted well to the demands of being the dazzling delivery system for her musical creations. Solo, the embedded message contained in the lyrics never gets drowned out or stepped on by the roar of a high-intensity rock band. It's been a busy year for marina rocks....Finalist @ Kerrville's New Folk Songwriter's Competition for 2013, 1st place winner @ 106.9 "The Ranch" songwriter's competition, & 1st runner up @ Larry Joe Taylor's songwriting competition. Her latest single "Stuck in the Mud" w/Lloyd Maines on dobro/banjo is now making airwaves on European radio.