The Memphis Dawls | My Graveyard Jaw | Reece Sullivan

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The Memphis Dawls-
The Memphis Dawls are known as the crowning jewel of the Memphis folk scene. The core group is made up of three veteran musicians who have played with several successful local bands. Brought together by their similar tastes in melody and style, and maybe a slight nod from fate, Holly Cole (guitars, vocals) Jana Misener (cello, vocals), and Krista Wroten (viola, mandolin, accordion, vocals) deliver hauntingly romantic and lyrical folk music with a modern flare.

The themes of the band’s music tend to lean toward the power of love and heartache, just like their musical mentors: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. Their harmonies and music push folk, country and rock through the filter of southern hymns. Religious only in the context of their dedication to their respective crafts, they deliver a unique and hypnotizing sound that jumps from genre to genre. The Dawls are not afraid to be inventive, exploring soundscapes ranging from complex vocal harmonies similar to bands like Fleet Foxes to the more complex string arrangements of The Decemberists.

My Graveyard Jaw-
Michael James (also known as Stix) started my Graveyard Jaw in 2003. After years of living deep in the Oregon forest protecting old-growth trees, then touring with The Know Nothing Circus Side Show, Michael James settled in New Orleans in 2003 to develop his intricate roots sound, with its haunting Americana undertone. His songs confront his past, his travels, loss of friends, and heart aches. As Offbeat Magazine music critic Alex Rawls wrote in his review of the current album Coming Winds, “...the strength of the album comes from the songs themselves.” Seamlessly tied to the integrity of the songs, of course, is the music itself—a rhythmically thrilling, pleasingly intricate sound—at once mournful and playful, evocative and infectious.
One can hear epic string sound with James' raw, rhythmic song-writing ability, an inimitable combination that fans of My Graveyard Jaw have come to expect.
My Graveyard Jaw has played with such bands as The Devil Makes Three, O' Death, Hurrayfor the Riff Raff, Shovels and Rope, The Lumineers, Brown Bird, Slim Cessnas Auto Club, and Wovenhand. Their line up consists of Michael James on guitar, banjo, kick drum, tambourine, and vocals, Denise Bonis on violin (member of the Zydepunks), Alleyn Evans on cello, and Andy Overslaugh on upright bas. Guest appearance on past albums include: Walt McClements of “Dark Dark Dark” and Alynda Lee of “Hurray for the Riff Raff.”

Reece Sullivan-
Sullivan's songs are forged in the tradtions of Americana, Country, and Folk, with lyrics that are ingrained with literary motifs and southern soaked religion. From Arkansas to Tennesse to present day Louisiana, Reece has tromped ever-steady honing his art. He's a mad man with an insatiable hunger in pursuit of the song and the word.
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