Sam Bush writes the songs for The Hill and Wood, performing them in raw, stripped-down form, but recording them with a rotating cast of musical heroes, most of whom are friends from Virginia. Working alongside producer Colin Killalea and singer Juliana Daugherty, Bush is planning on releasing The Hill and Wood's third album in the Fall of 2016.
In early 2013, Preston Lovinggood released his debut solo work, Sun Songs. Produced by Taylor Hollingsworth (Dead Fingers, Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band) this is a beautifully lo-fi presentation of Lovinggood’s songs. Unknown to most was the parallel musical plain five of those tracks had already been living in.
Enter Shadow Songs.
Over the course of a year Preston recorded in studio with producer Darrell Thorpe (Beck, Thom Yorke). They would work together in both Preston’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Los Angeles. The latter yielded him a creative freedom with his music that couldn’t be found in the shackles of day to day life at home. Along with Thorpe and an entourage of new musicians, Preston’s songs were re-imagined and cast in a new light.
If Sun Songs can be likened to an up-close-and-personal documentary, then Shadow Songs is its’ equally impressive wide-screen sibling.
Charlottesville VA's Borrowed Beams of Light explore power-pop and psychedelia through the singular vision of Virginia DIY rock scene veteran Adam Brock. His tenure in the region’s touring circuit—both in the Beams and his other acts, Invisible Hand, Y’ALL, and Weird Mob—has given him the opportunity to gig with artists as diverse and exceptional as The Clientele, Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, Dr. Dog, Deerhoof, and many more—and the Beams have consistently and effectively channeled these contemporary influences and a myriad other classic ones into sharp, focused, cerebral pocket-anthems that are at once unusual and familiar, anxious and joyous, strange and strangely clear.
From 1995-2000 Jones played drums, wrote songs, and shared singing duties with RCA recording artists Agents of Good Roots. During the band’s five-year career, they released 6 CDs and played 200+ shows a year, sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Blues Traveler, and Widespread Panic. As a session drummer, Jones has recorded with various artists including Jason Mraz (Waiting For My Rocket To Come, Elektra), Rachael Yamagata (Happenstance, RCA), Liz Phair and Mandy Moore. In 2006, Jones worked with Boyd Tinsley (of the Dave Matthews Band) on the Wimbledon theme song and recently, one of Jones’ compositions was featured in a NASCAR commercial.
Jones started Slang Sanctuary Records in 1999 as a limited edition record label focusing on creative music. Since 1999, Slang Sanctuary has released over twenty CDs, including: Jones + Kuhl - Bluebook, Mao Amore - Mao Amore, Boots of Leather - Foil, Brian Jones Quintet - Spellcanon, Brian Jones (Guitar) Quartet - Lux and the Brian Jones Double Quartet - Fivefinger. Jones has been involved in presenting two annual musical events in Richmond, VA: The Mingus Awareness Project and the John Cage MUSICIRCUS. Recently, Jones has been working on two projects for kids: Broken Record Club, a children's hip-hop EP and an original live jazz score to 5 classic MGM Tom and Jerry cartoons. In 2009, Style Weekly named Jones one of the top 40 under 40 in Richmond, VA.
Jones has accompanied numerous jazz musicians including Randy Brecker, Mark Turner, Houston Person, Rene Marie, Karryn Allison, Terell Stafford, Rich Perry, Chuck Redd, John Abercrombie, Gary Thomas, Doug Richards, John Toomey, Jimmy Masters, Bob Hallahan, Rex Richardson, Skip Gailes, Sean Moran, Adam Larrabee, John Winn, J.C. Kuhl, Daniel Clarke, and Randall Pharr.
Jones has worked with various avant-garde performers including Jandek, Andrew D'Angelo, Daniel Levin, Ken Vandermark, Darius Jones, Steven Bernstein, and Fight the Big Bull.
Adam’s Plastic Pond is the songwriting effort of Adam Long, supported by a rotating cast of musicians. Through interesting dynamics and robust melodies, APP dishes out ample pop hooks set in an indie-folk-rock setting. Adam calls it 'southern pop,' influenced by great acts like the Beatles, Big Star and the Raspberries. APP's debut album, "A Brief History" cycles through grown-up country-southern-rock, monstrous choruses, while leaving a little room here and there to delight in stripped back elegance. Album #2 due in April 2016.
Carleigh Nesbit is a singer songwriter from Charlottesville, VA with a sound described as ‘embodying the spirit of modern mountain music’ (Frank Gutch Jr, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange.) Carleigh released her debut album ‘Flower to the Bee’ in 2008 and released her second album, ‘Come Out of the Kitchen’ in the fall of 2015. Carleigh’s songwriting has been recognized by the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Great Lakes Songwriting Competition, Songwriter Universe Magazine, and the Thomas Jefferson Center for Free Expression. Carleigh is currently pursuing a medical degree at University of New England and continues to perform in the New England area.