With twenty-four albums, a Grammy, an Oscar and many other kinds of awards and nominations between them these sisters share a transcendent musical bond. It’s as deep, haunting, knowing, and beautiful as the Alabama woods they once called home. Both sang as soon as they could form words, but music is the only language they have ever needed to communicate with and understand each other. “Not Dark Yet” offers a glimpse into that understanding for the first time and finally, after years of trying to get it made, at the right time. Produced by Teddy Thompson and recorded in Los Angeles during the summer of 2016, the album provides a potent look at their individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with a co-written “Is It Too Much,” to close out the ten-song set. “Not Dark Yet” is not a duet record. It is no ordinary collaboration. It is not a creation, but rather a celebration of something that has always been, two voices becoming one and finding home within each other.
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The latest studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin with Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It is Harley’s seventh album to date and the second to feature Daniel Kimbro. The two musicians met through mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds. Expect to be wowed by the playing and the passion!
Dublin roots band, I Draw Slow, have been consistently selling out venues and releasing records to critical acclaim in Ireland for the past decade. It’s been five years since the band made their debut US appearance in Nashville, following release of their second album “Redhills”. Fifteen tours and 25 states later, they’ve become a dominant force on the North American folk music scene and are receiving well deserved recognition from some of the biggest festivals in the US. They have recently signed to Compass Records in Nashville with their new album “Turn Your Face To The Sun”, which reached No.1 in Ireland.
Folk Gala ft. Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer / Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro / I Draw Slow ON YOUTUBE