Bassist for The Del McCoury Band, Mike began a 13 year association with what was to become, and still is, the most awarded band in Bluegrass Music. He's racked up an unprecedented 9 Entertainer of the Year awards, 5 Bass Player of the Year awards as well as various Album, Instrumental and Song of the Year awards and a Grammy. He's been granted membership to the Grand Ole Opry, as well as a Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album of 2005. He's now a part of the Nashville 'Super Group' 18 South.
“Jimmy” James Hunter is a 16 year old guitar prodigy that the guitar magazines started writing about when he was 9. His songwriting abilities coupled with amazing guitar licks and killer vocals put him in a class of his own. Having been spotted by music industry veterans, Hunter frequently travels to Nashville from his hometown in Sacramento, California. In Nashville, he performs and co-writes with some of the music industry greats that reside there. One Eyed Rhyno, a band that he shares with sister, Elaine, is quickly gaining in popularity in the Northern California Indie Rock scene. Check out the “about” tab on their website for more incredible information.
The theme to the Oscar-winning 2009 drama “Crazy Heart” was awarded the top song written for motion picture, television, or other visual media at the 53rd Grammy last week.
Bingham’s Grammy win, shared with co-writer T Bone Burnett, is yet another trophy the pair collected for the track: The two were previously awarded a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song performed by Colin Farrell and Jeff Bridges in the movie.
He's won the praise of music critics everywhere and, much more importantly than that, he won an Oscar for the Best Original Song for the song he co-wrote for the movie "Crazy Heart."
Bingham has also gotten rather involved in different initiatives like Farm Aid - he played the big Farm Aid festival last year with the likes of Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. In fact, we got to know Ryan through Willie Nelson’s band, whom he frequently tours with.
Click here to watch a clip of Ryan when he had the opportunity to play the Voyage-Air Guitar off stage for us.
Buddy Cannon is an American country music songwriter and record producer. Active since the late 1970s, he is known primarily for his work as Kenny Chesney's record producer, for which he won the Academy of Country Music's Producer of the Year award in 2006.
Along with Bill Anderson and Jamey Johnson, Cannon co-wrote George Strait's 2006 single "Give It Away", which won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award. Other artists who have recorded Cannon's songs include Vern Gosdin, George Strait, Billy Ray Cyrus and Mel Tillis. Artists whose albums he has produced also include Chely Wright, Reba McEntire, and George Jones.
Kangaralien is a really stupid name for a band. I mean, uhh . . . *ahem* . . . Kangaralien is a Boston-based acoustic guitar duo. That their music calls to mind traces of progressive rock bands like Rush and Porcupine Tree shouldn't be surprising, as its two members, Eric Clemenzi and Steve Belleville, met playing in a Dream Theater tribute band. But more than a passing listen displays a range of influences including bluegrass, jazz, and classical. If you sit close enough to your speakers, you may even hear the faint smells of a kangaroo thinking of a spaceship.
Since their formation in 2004, Kangaralien has released two full-length albums; their self-titled debut in 2006 and its follow-up, Inspired by Humans, in 2009. They've supported these recordings by playing at all types of venues. No, really; rock clubs, restaurants, apple orchards, ice cream parlors, libraries . . . you name it. As a duo, Kangaralien plays concerts, visits schools, and sets up clinics for aspiring musicians. As individuals, Eric hones the craft of the brain-melting guitar solo and still finds time to be a dad and teach 80 students every week. Steve finds time to do less and less as his gigging schedule and Wii Bowling schedule become increasingly demanding.
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