I’m a blue-collar artist with more than a thousand gigs under my belt. Music was my birthright, but my journey has not been defined by the endless hours in a practice room or a billion jam sessions and jazz gigs
Michael’s father was a jazz aficionado and saturated Michael with the genius of artists such as Lester Young, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt and, Michael’s mentors – Ira Sullivan and Joe Diorio. Michael attended the University of Miami, majoring in Jazz Guitar. But then he heard the Blues! He found that in Blues music he could completely and freely express himself.
Mathilde Widding is an 18 years old singer songwriter from the city Tromsø, in the north of Norway.
Her music is strongly influenced and inspired by 60’s soul music as well as contemporary music in genres such as soul, R&B and jazz.
With his laid-back approach to living, Phil writes songs that journey through his life and the lives of those around him. Phil’s songs combine folk and blues, using acoustic guitars and various lap steels. Each song has a story telling aspect to the lyrics that hit on the struggles of love, loss and family.
Stone Water do not renounce their roots, they build upon it. They draw from the same well of American roots music that inspired the Rolling Stones, Black Crowes and Tom Petty, finding hidden depths within it, shaping tradition according to their own view to make it sound fresh. They serve up loads of soul infused rock with southern accents and a filthy London breeze.
Big Mike and the Booty Papas breathe new life into the genre. The two-time Grammy nominated group is comprised of Michael “Big Mike” Ventimiglia (guitar, vocals), Hal Register (guitar, vocals), Glen “Cuzz” Hutchison (bass guitar, vocals), Jerome “J.T.” Thomas (drums) and Tony Cooper (keyboards). Collectively they’ve been honing their craft for about a hundred years and as they say “the proof is in the puddin’”.