ROOTS v. 47



Format:  Singer/Songwriter    Artist:  Agnès Milewski
Song:  Stupid Cupid    CD:  Seven Demons
This Vienna based composer, singer, songwriter leads the audience to another world with her delightful voice, poetic lyrics and clever and fun arrangements with unusual instruments. This life affirming tune features Agnès on the ukulele.
Contact: Agnès Milewski, Meiselstrasse 7/41, A-1150 Wien, Austria

Format:  Folk    Artist:  Hugh Prestwood with Judy Collins
Song:  Charlie    CD:  I Used To Be the Real Me
This Emmy winning, Hall of Fame songwriter penned #1 hits for Randy Travis,
Trisha Yearwood and Crystal Gayle. His latest release includes all originals plus harmonies by the legendary Judy Collins. It’s a brilliant, radio-ready album.
Contact: Wildwood Records/Cleopatra Records, Box 1296, NY, NY 10025

Format:  Folk-grass    Artist:  Michael Johnathon
Song:  SongFarmers Blues    CD:  WoodSongs III Book & CD Gift Set
A folksinger’s call to SongFarmers and all front porch pickers. This cut features a lineup of allstars including dobro great Rob Ickes, Ron Block (AK & Union Station) Pat Flynn (New Grass Revival) and Raymond and Ruth from the McLain Family Band.
Contact: PoetMan Records, PO Box 200, Lexington, KY 40588

Format:  Americana     Artist:  Lisa Biales
Song:  Don’t Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down  CD:  The Beat of My Heart
Inspired by a lost song that her mother wrote, Lisa captures the good time spirit of the blues on her beautifully produced album. Upbeat and fun from the best voice in contemporary roots music today. This haunting track has a Dylan-esque Oh Mercy vibe.
Contact: Big Song Music, 6317 Buckley Road, Oxford, OH 45056

Format:  Folk    Artist:  Wyatt Easterling
Song:  An American Dream    CD:  Divining Rod
Beyond the clutter of hostile news cycles, a true interpretation of what it’s like to seek the American Dream. This master storyteller dives into the hearts, hopes, and aspirations of a family trying to cross the border. An important and brilliant work.
Contact: Phoenix Rising Records, PO Box 4066, Chapal Hill, NC 27515-4066

Format:  Blues    Artist:  Tom Principato
Song:  Robert Johnson Told Me So      CD:  Robert Johnson Told Me So
Tom and his band a deliver passionate performance full of funky roots music with scorching guitar. Tom has spent the last 45+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. This CD proves to be his best work to date.
Contact: Powerhouse Records, PO Box 2213, Falls Church, VA 22042

Format:  Folk    Artist:  Dean Gitter
Song:  Delia’s Gone    CD:  American Songbag 2.0
Dean is a legendary under-the-radar artist with a stunning resume, he even produced Odetta’s brilliant debut album. His new CD celebrates his love of folk music and Carl Sandburg … Dean is an important artist your audience needs to hear.
Contact: Questa Records, HC 81, Box 612, Questa, NM 87556

Format:  Americana    Artist:  Jack Ballengee Morris
Song:  West Virginia Refugee    CD:  West Virginia Refugee
This fourth generation Appalachian folk artist exposes his soul on his debut album. Jack’s record combines elements of his folk music up bringing with modern day struggles. Look for his album in the next Acoustic Rainbow sampler mailing.
Contact: Jack Ballengee Morris, 8972 Charington Court, Pickerington, OH 43147

Format:  Folk    Artist:  Patricia Pettinga
Song:  And We Sing    CD:  Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
While honoring the folk tradition and pushing new boundaries, Patricia engages and inspires with heart, mindfulness, and good humor. Her versatile voice and skillful guitar playing help to share a positive message of community and hope.
Contact: P2Productions, 3793 Springbrook Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49004

Format:  Folk    Artist:  Si Kahn
Song:  Upstream    CD:  Bristol Bay
Master songwriter Si Kahn is using this album to spread the word about the struggle to stop the Pebble Mine and to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska. It is a solid song supporting a very worthy cause. Visit for more info.
Contact: Musicians United, 1320 Fillmore Avenue, #500, Charlotte, NC 28203-5977

Format:  Americana    Artist:  Bill Wence
Song:  California Callin’    CD:  California Callin’
Songwriter legend Tom T. Hall called Bill Wence “a national treasure …”  This is title track from a beautofully recorded, radio-ready album. DJs who like to add a dash of genuine country music to your playlist should ask for the entire CD.
Contact: Bill Wence, PO Box 39, Nolensville, TN 37135

Format:  Folk Rock    Artist:  Common Jack
Song:  Fine Line    CD:  Strange New State
Anchored by soaring vocals and head-bobbing instrumentation, New York based Common Jack has provided a rootsy, politically charged track that puts their Southern upbringing on full display.
Contact: John Gardner, 30-36 38th Street, Apt. #1, Astoria, NY 11103

Format:  AAA    Artist:  Carl Chesna & Co.
Song:  Wintertime Greys    CD:  Prayer to the Black Madonna
This folk rock tune from this Asbury, NJ band tells the story of the Greek myth Demeter & Persephone – explaining the changes of seasons. Your listener’s will love this lush composition that’s inspired by Suzanne Vega & T.S. Elliot.
Contact: Asbury Wax Cylinder Recordings, PO Box 1282, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Format:  Folk     Artist:  Bob Rowe
Song:  Higher Ground    CD:  Higher Ground
Award winning songwriter Bob Rowe’s title cut to his 23rd album is an original song with an uplifting message of hope for our troubled world. The album really showcases Bob’s songwriting gifts and will be an inspiration to radio listeners.
Contact: September Records, 901 Lay Blvd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Format:  Americana    Artist:  JB Bruck
Song:  Don’t Cry For Me    CD:  Comin’ Back Alive
Nashville’s JB Bruck returns to the Acoustic Rainbow with this song celebrating life from his brilliant new album. A beautiful mid-tempo acoustic arrangement with universal lyrics that speaks to all ages. A timeless compostion and radio-ready.
Contact: Bucktown Records, 408 Luna Court, Franklin, TN 37064

Format:  Singer/Songwriter    Artist:  Susanna Rich
Song:  I’m Enough    CD:  Shakespeare’s *itches (Vol. 1)
This Emmy-nominated songwriter latest CD is a 21st century interpretation of some of Shakespeare’s most famous female characters. Tender and haunting, this moving anthem finds Isabella (from Measure for Measure) confronting a leering bully.
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Contact: Wild Night Productions, 31 Maines Lane, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Format:  Americana    Artist:  Bones Jugs
Song:  Love Don’t Pay The Bills    CD:  Don’t Waste A Drop
With bones, jug, xylophone, kazoos and more, it’s a 21st century spin on early Americana music. Whether originals like this tune here or other hidden gems, this album is full of fun, upbeat and creative music. A roots DJ’s dream album.
Contact: Charlie Harris, 704 S. Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Format:  Folk Rock    Artist:  Mike Marino
Song:  Lonely Road    CD:  Tomorrow’s Yesterday
From a timeless album comes a tale about the erosion of our American Heartland. Mike and his all-star backed band provides a raw roots sound that leaves the listener with a vintage message of hope.
Contact: Restless Soul Records, 123 W. Wolfert Station Rd, Mickleton, NJ 08056