2018 Featured Artists-In-Residence
Guthrie Brown - Emerging Artist
Justin Townes Earle
Raveis Kole- Emerging Artist
2018 Crown All Star Band
Nathan East, Danny Seraphine, Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre, Wes Ritenour, Kirk Covington, Cory Henry, Larkin Poe, Gary Oleyar, Craig Thomas, Dave Beyer, Clipper Anderson, plus many more!
Guthrie Brown - Emerging Artist
Guthrie Brown, a Nashville transplant by way of "old Montana", began playing the guitar at age six. By the age of 17, he journeyed to Nashville to pursue the dream of being a professional songwriter and recording & performing artist. After settling in Music City, he recorded and produced his first self-titled EP, which got the attention of Nashville's premiere independent radio station, WRLT Lightning 100. Capitalizing on the initial success of his debut EP, Guthrie recorded and released his second EP Spirit of the Elk with producer Stuart Mathis (The Wallflowers, Lucinda Williams). Following his second release, he recruited his longtime friends and musicians John Ogelby (drums), Will Honaker (bass, keys) and John McNally (guitar) to join the band. Their musical pairing has since been compared to something as strong and pure as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Justin Townes Earle
Justin has evolved and matured in more ways than one, both in his personal life and professional career, even at just 32 years of age. Releasing four full-length, critically-acclaimed albums and constantly touring, he has found clarity through the trials and tribulations he has faced since childhood. His fifth record Single Mother narrates this newfound clarity and self reflection on the path Justin was now taking.
Justin can be considered a forefather of Contemporary Americana. As music becomes popular, sometimes the authenticity can slip through the cracks. Justin, whose heart and soul is rooted in Nashville, writes with passion and honesty, while still catching your attention. Albums such as Single Mothers or Kids in the Street depict his earthy credibility. Justin uses songwriting as a platform to express and release added weight, producing beautifully solid and rootsy country music.
Playing from a young age, Nathan experienced his first breakthrough at only 16 years old, traveling alongside American Singer/Songwriter and Composer, Barry White. Quincy Jones became aware of Nathan's talents, creating a path of collaborations with Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Barbara Streisand, and Beyonce. Along with Lee Ritenour, Nathan is also a founding member of the contemporary jazz group, Fourplay.
Collaborating with so many elite talents in the industry, Nathan takes much pride in the music he has produced with others. Before recording his first solo album Nathan East as lead artist, featuring his son, brother and a who's who list of guest artists. In this album you can sense his spirit and spontaneity throughout each song. Nathan has played bass on Grammy awarded and nominated records and songs such as Eric Clapton's album Unplugged, Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories, the hit singles "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You" and "The Greatest Love of All".
A Brooklyn native, Henry may be best known for his role in Snarky Puppy, the fusion jam orchestra hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the more versatile groups on the planet right now.” He’s won three Grammy awards for his work with the band since 2012, but Henry’s deft keyboard skills have been blowing minds around the world for more than two decades now. At six, he made his debut at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, and at 19, he joined the touring band of jazz icon Kenny Garrett. Since then, he’s toured or recorded with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and The Roots to P. Diddy and Yolanda Adams in addition to cracking the Top 10 on Billboard’s Jazz charts with a pair of solo albums. NPR called him “a master” and said his “musical charisma is a match for a nearly 400 pound organ,” while Keyboard Magazine dubbed his playing “soulful, church-y, playful, restrained, and virtuosic,” and The Boston Globe raved that “if anyone’s going to preach the gospel of the Hammond organ, it should be Cory Henry.”
Cory, while still playing with Snarky Puppy, currently leads his own band Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, garnering raves wherever they play while showcasing Cory's gifts as an improviser, along with his skills as songwriter and producer
Since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, singer/songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music.
Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. With five albums to her name, Liz’s music has been featured on tv shows such as Lifetime’s Army Wives, ABC’s Beauty & The Beast and MTV’s Scream. Her latest release, Weightless, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Longley’s eponymous 2015 Sugar Hill Records debut, Liz Longley, which earned accolades from critics, who proclaimed the album “a thing of beauty,” (Popdose), and praised her “captivating stories set to tunes that will be running through your head after a single spin.”
Dropping out of high school in 10th grade to pursue a career in music proved to be the right path for Pat. Before turning 18 years old, Pat was considered an icon in the Jazz community, and signed to Prestige Records at the age of 20. He has performed with Gene Ammons, Woody Herman, Barry Miles, John Handy, and Trudy Pitts. Delivering music therapy seminars or teaching master classes and clinics worldwide at Berklee College of Music, Patti Summers Jazz Club, TheNew School, or Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, this is only the beginning. Pat has also received Grammy nominations and been honored as an individual and for his work.
Along the way, Martino experienced some health problems affecting his nervous system. Eventually he was informed his health condition was terminal and underwent surgery, after suffering a severe brain aneurysm. Pat's memory failed him after the surgery, but in the following months, he began a miraculous recovery. Pat has been recognized as one of the most virtuosic guitarists in jazz, embodying thoughtful energy and soul.
Jim began learning guitar at the age of five and as he got older was attracted in particular to the guitar parts and sounds in early Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson records. His California roots led him to early '60's surf music, being especially fascinated by the guitar sounds of early surf rock groups like Dick Dale and the Del-Tones and the Champs. His big opportunity came when Tutti Camarada, owner of Hollywood's famed Sunset Sound, hired him on as Recording Engineer to operate Studio "2" where he worked with superstars-to-be The Doors, Lee Michaels, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, and later Buffalo Springfield.
Over the next few years Jim became a knowledgeable and skilled recording, mixing and mastering engineer as well as musician and producer. When Buffalo Springfield splintered in 1968, Jim and Richie Furay, along with Rusty Young, were already formulating a plan to hang onto the rock 'n roll shoes while adding some spin from the country influences they'd loved and grown up on. They formed the group Poco, carving out a previously unknown genre of music called "country rock" that became immensely popular in the late 60s and beyond.
It all starts with the lyrics! Unexpected and original stories that capture your attention and hold it within a rich tapestry of rhythmic and harmonic choices that surprise and delight. Expect the unexpected! Well-crafted vocal and instrumental interplay that draws you in. Experience Art in Music!
Hollywood Music and Media Award Nominees (HMMA) Laurie Raveis and Dennis Kole play together as Raveis Kole, a singer-songwriter interplay melding Raveis' caramel smooth, emotive vocals and groove-driven acoustic guitar rhythms with Kole's fingerstyle counterpoint and harmonic explorations. Since meeting at the Crown Guitar Fest, they have had 3 singles in the FMQB AC Top 40 for US Radio. Their style is "artistic, thoughtful and connecting" - creating songs that turn left in a right-handed world. Their new project, "Electric Blue Dandelion-Nashville Sessions," with Nashville co-producer Jeff Silverman (Allman Brothers, Prince, Rick Springfield) is slated for a late summer 2018 release.
Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour has been a part of the Crown family from the beginning in 2010, and is returning for his 8th experience. As an L.A. native, Lee grew up in a diverse area, giving him opportunities to work with The Mamas & The Papas, Dave Grusin, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, and Phil Collins. From rock to blues to jazz, Lee has not stayed put in his career, documenting his journey throughout forty albums.
Over the span of forty years, Lee received a Grammy along with 16 more nominations, earned his spot at #1 in guitar polls, and of his forty albums, featured 35 chart songs. As a founding member of the jazz band, Fourplay, Lee and the group became one of the most successful contemporary jazz band ever. Within a year, their first album landed at #1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart for 33 straight weeks.
Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli comprise one of the best classical guitar ensembles in the world. Performing globally, SoloDuo has performed at and received warm receptions from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Seoul’s Sejong Chamber Hall. Aside from classical, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo have extensively studied Italian music from the 17th and 18th centuries and have applied their studies and experience to their teaching careers.
Matteo attended the university in Cremona to further his education in musicology. He studied under Angelo Gilardino and David Russell, among others. At the Accademia Pianistica di Imola he studied chamber music, which would help him in chamber music competitions later on.
Lorenzo gained momentum after winning top prize in prestigious guitar competitions, performing over 600 times all over Europe and 200 more performances around the world. He has published numerouschamber and solo works with guitar.
By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960's, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music, becoming known for crossing genres and doing the unexpected. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium: music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar's music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. His band White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album Edgar Winter's White Trash, and with 1972's follow-up live gold album Roadwork.
Edgar's music can be heard in no fewer than 15 film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got to do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. Edgar's hauntingly beautiful song "Dying to Live" is featured as "Runnin” (Dying To Live) in the film Tupac Resurrection, the biography of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results.
In 1967, a young musician from Denver was invited to play steel guitar on what would become the final album by Buffalo Springfield. Soon after, he – along with Richie Furay, George Grantham and Jim Messina – would form the seminal West Coast country-rock band Poco. Over the next five decades, alongside band mates that would also include Paul Cotton, Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit, he became not only the musical core of the band, but also the writer and vocalist behind hits including ‘Rose Of Cimarron’ and the #1 smash ‘Crazy Love’. Now the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who remains the heart and soul of Poco has made the most surprising statement of his 50-year career.