Please join us for The Roots Down Revue featuring:
After Jack, formed in 2011, fuses bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. Through expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music, they create a modern sound with a distinctly old-time energy. After Jack consists of Mary Allison, Emily Blankenship-Tucker, and Rachel Blankenship-Tucker. The band takes its name from the hero of beloved mountain folk-tales, whose quick thinking and good fortune always brought him out on top.
Born and raised in the two Virginias, songwriter-performer Sarah White might resemble some kind of Hazel Dickens/Patti Smith/Cat Power love child. Her catalog offers an eclectic blend of driving folk-rock, sorrowful country ballads and experimental, personal narrative songs– the trifecta that defines her lengthening body of work. Her latest album, out in April, features 11 of her best songs recorded with a bevy of special guests including Dave Matthews, Carl Anderson, Carter Gravatt of Carbon Leaf, and members of Sleepwalkers.
Sarah performs solo and with a band and wields a well-worn Jumbo Gibson acoustic. She has opened for Merle Haggard, Justin Townes Earle, Earl Scruggs, Will Oldham, Dave Matthews Band Caravan and was once named Best Songwriter in her hometown of Charlottesville. More recently White took home the winning prize at the Ashland Coffee & Tea Songwriter Shootout.
Catherine The Great is the solo project of Catherine Backus, formerly half of Athens, GA duo, The Skipperdees. A winner of the 2017 Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, Catherine draws comparisons to Kathleen Edwards, Lori McKenna, and Gillian Welch. You can cyberstalk her at catherinethegreatmusic.com.