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Nettwerk Records is excited to participate in this year’s Thriving Roots: A Virtual Community Music Conference, a 3-day music industry conference presented by The Americana Music Association Foundation (AMAF). Throughout the 3 days (September 16, 17, and 18), Nettwerk will feature a slew of artist performances, highlighting a blend of Americana, singer/songwriter, acoustic and pop-folk sounds that make up our diverse roster. Keep reading for information on each artist and their schedules.
For more information on the conference, please visit their website HERE.
“Sounds Of Nettwerk – Day 1”
(Wednesday, September 16 at 9:30AM PT / 11:30PM CST)
Features Old Sea Brigade + Luke Sital-Singh, The Sweeplings, William Fitzsimmons, and LULLANAS
“Sounds Of Nettwerk – Day 2”
(Thursday, September 17 at 10:15AM PT / 12:15PM CST)
Features Wild Rivers, Joshua Radin, Ocie Elliott, and Beta Radio
“Sounds Of Nettwerk – Day 3”
(Friday, September 18 at 9AM PT / 11AM CST)
Features Wild Rivers feat. Voices Of Our City Choir, The Sweeplings, LULLANAS, and Canyon City
Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh
Listen To All The Ways You Sing In The Dark Here
Despite being friends for just three years, Nashville-based Old Sea Brigade (aka Ben Cramer) and LA-based Londoner Luke Sital-Singh share a chemistry that most groups chase for a lifetime. The first EP collaboration from these two solo artists, All The Ways You Sing In The Dark was mostly written at Luke’s place in LA last summer in just seven days, finishing the recordings alongside Ben’s production partner Owen Lewis in Nashville at Shoebox Studios in December 2019. It’s comprised of four songs that carry the spirit of their surroundings. Nodding to the Laurel Canyon renaissance of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Ben and Luke garnered inspiration from cruising around Silver Lake and Hollywood.
Listen To “In Between” From Losing Ground Vol. 1 Here
Folk/pop duo The Sweeplings released their new EP Losing Ground Vol. 1 earlier this year, featuring stand-out track “In Between” co-written by John Paul White (The Civil Wars). This Friday, September 18, they’ll release Losing Ground Vol. 2. The two halves of the project ultimately comprise one heartfelt whole, with The Sweeplings—Cami Bradley and Whitney Dean—magnifying the beauty of life’s simplest pleasures through folk eloquence, indie spirit, and alternative soul. Since emerging with their self-titled EP in 2014, they’ve maintained a prolific pace. Between frequent touring, they attracted acclaim from NPR Music, American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, and more, as well as landed syncs on Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Good Behavior, Longmire, and The Fosters (in which they also appeared for a performance of “In Too Deep”).
Watch The Official Music Video For “No Promises” Here
The appeal of Fitzsimmons’ sound is indicative of his unique upbringing and consequent life experience. Born to two blind parents, Fitzsimmons grew up in a home where sound – particularly music – was integral to communication. His parents had an assortment of guitars, pianos, and other instruments, and introduced young William to the music of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen, among others. For many years, armed with a master’s degree in counseling, he worked as a mental health therapist and only began recording his songs during graduate school breaks. “No Promises” is the first single from his forthcoming studio album ‘Ready Astronaut,’ to be released in 2021.
Listen To Before Everything Got Real Here
Twin sisters Atisha and Nishita Lulla, aka LULLANAS, create songs wrapped in Americana warmth, folk eloquence, country storytelling, and unassuming pop ambition. Their debut EP, Before Everything Got Real, thrives on an inimitable and familial balance. Music manifested itself in LULLANAS’ lives at a young age. Growing up in Pennsylvania, they recall how important music was on their many family road trips, with their dad listening to The Beatles, The Eagles, and Shania Twain, while their mom favored Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton. During a summer visit to their grandmother in India, the duo ended up in an old cotton mill converted into a studio where they impromptu tracked their song “Don’t Say.” Without any expectations, they uploaded the track, which has almost 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Between gigs alongside Maggie Rose, Neal Carpenter, and Wild Rivers, they toured with Peter Bradly Adams. During the summer of 2019, they recorded Before Everything Got Real with producer Peter Katis [The National].
Listen To Songs To Break Up To Here
Folk-pop foursome Wild Rivers effortlessly blend exquisite harmonies with impassioned songwriting and bring it all to life with a captivating live show. After spending the majority of 2019 on the road, highlighted by 150-plus shows to packed audiences across North America, the band set to work on their 2020 EP release, Songs To Break Up To. For its recording, the band retreated to Nashville, where they worked with producer Skylar Wilson (Rayland Baxter; Justin Townes Earle; Joshua Hedley). The result is a striking six-song EP that transposes personal experiences into relatable anthems woven from strands of folk, indie, rock, pop, country, and beyond. Their performances for Thriving Roots include their very special collaboration with Voices of our City Choir, the San Diego-based non-profit organization created in response to the current housing crisis.
Listen To Here, Right Now Here
Hailed for his emotive, heartfelt songs delivered via his signature ‘whisper’ soothing vocals, Joshua Radin has been captivating audiences worldwide throughout his long career. His songs have been featured in over 150 films, commercials, and television shows. He has garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, ABC News, Elle, Guitar World, The Guardian, and more, and appeared on Ellen DeGeneres, Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He released his eighth album and Nettwerk debut, Here, Right Now, last October, and is preparing to release a new album in 2021. He performs brand new, unreleased song, “Fewer Ghosts,” for Thriving Roots.
Listen To New EP Tracks Here
Euphoric indie-folk duo Ocie Elliott has just released their new EP Tracks. The Victoria, B.C.-based couple—comprised of Jon Middleton (of Jon & Roy) and Sierra Lundy— have come a long way in a short time since a chance encounter in a Salt Spring Island café led to a spark, collaboration, and their ultimate partnership in music and beyond. Over the past two years, they have been busy – starting in 2019 with their debut EP We Fall In, followed in 2020 with the last EP In That Room, all while touring throughout North America, and Europe playing with the likes of Mason Jennings, Sons of the East, Kim Churchill, Roo Panes, Current Swell and Joseph. Their songs have been featured in television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Batwoman, MTV’s Catfish, and more.
Listen To Way Of Love Here
Wilmington, NC indie-folk duo Beta Radio artfully and carefully piece together songs with an architect’s attention to detail and a carpenter’s work ethic. This handcrafted assembly shines through on Way of Love, the duo’s recent EP release and follow-up to 2018′ acclaimed full length, Ancient Transition—an album cast in folk-style lyricism, Americana spirit, and orchestral experimentation. Rooted in vocal harmonies, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, banjo and an eclectic range of additional instrumentation and soulful arrangements, Beta Radio’s ethereal-folk sound is the result of a decade-long collaboration between Ben Mabry and Brent Holloman.
Listen To New Song “Purple Horizon” Here
Canyon City is the moniker of modern folk artist & producer Paul Johnson. Since its inception in 2015, the project has become known for its distinctive whispery vocals layered over intimate acoustics orbiting candidly emotional storytelling. As Johnson self-released a series of EPs and LPs over the last five years, the industry took notice, with Canyon City being placed on Spotify’s “Fresh Finds” playlist and winning praise from media like NPR, Paste, American Songwriter, and more. His songwriting, fusing the work of Noah Gundersen and Tallest Man on Earth with a pinch of Tom Petty and Neil Young, is rich in emotional detail. Now, Canyon City prepares to release Circling The Sun, a warm, inviting, and sweetly cinematic EP primarily written and produced in household settings, save for a bit of recording at the local Library. Circling The Sun is out on December 4, 2020.