The Beanstalk Library
Ryan Walker is the primary songwriter behind the Washington, DC-based band The Beanstalk Library. On their new full-length album THE VIEW FROM HERE, as well as on their acclaimed debut AMERICA AT NIGHT, the band injects classic pop and roots influences with a healthy dose of adventure and experimentalism.
The Morrison Brothers Band
Founded in 2007 by brothers Truman and Willie Morrison, the California-based outfit began composing the groundwork for their debut album by performing regularly in the LA area. After relocating to their hometown of Washington DC in 2008, the Morrison Brothers assembled a new lineup with brothers Matt and Kevin Nolan and released their first album "Midnight in Virginia." In the summer of 2011 the band independently released their second album, "Shotgun Silhouette". Several cuts from the record are still experiencing regular airtime on radio stations such as 98.7 WMZQ across the country.
Despite the relative youth of the group's members, the band has played 75-100 shows each of the past few years. They have headlined countless prestigious venues across America and shared the stage at festivals with the likes of Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Tim McGraw. Adding Nashville Star's Alyson Gilbert on vocals and Maryland multi-instrumentalist Dave Benson to the fold in 2012, the group's live shows and songwriting are more dynamic than ever. The band is now performing regularly in the Southern and Eastern United States to promote its third recorded offering, "State of the Union," which can be heard in over a hundred different markets across the country.
Justin Trawick and The Common Good
Justin Trawick and The Common Good’s debut record, “The Riverwash EP”, exemplifies the raw emotional live sound Trawick and the band have cultivated over the years playing in clubs and festivals up and down the East Coast. With instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, mandolin, and pedal steel, the band’s live performance plays fast and loose with the “Americana” genre, performing heartfelt ballads followed by raucous bluegrass melodies and even moments of hip hop verses. Written by DC based songwriter Justin Trawick, “The Riverwash EP” introduces the listener to Trawick’s unique brand storytelling with five original songs about love, loss, longing, resilience, and time pulling heartstrings of listeners young and old. Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman) guest performs on guitar during “All the Places That I’ve Been”, a song inspired by Trawick’s ninety-seven year old grandmother and her stories of the World War II generation. Finally, the album closes with the band’s unique take on “Wonderwall” by Oasis, a track sure to trick the audience into thinking they’re listening to another Trawick original.
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye”, under the band name "Justin Trawick and the Common Good”; written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that constantly feels one step ahead of you. Trawick has performed for TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum, and has opened for over 30 national acts including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his song “All the Places That I’ve Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. Founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast" with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC. For more information, please visit http://justintrawick.com.