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Anthony Crawford (born May 5, 1957, Birmingham, Alabama, United States) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, who has worked with many well-known musicians in the studio, onstage and as a songwriter. Crawford has also released several solo albums in addition to two albums and a DVD with his wife, Savana Lee, as Sugarcane Jane.
Crawford has recently opened, Admiral Bean Studio, to the public and is already working on several veteran artist's forthcoming albums.
Although born in Birmingham, Nashville became Anthony's home, where he performed live at Opryland, toured with the Sonny James Band, and appeared on television’s Hee Haw and The Ralph Emery Show. He caught the eye of many in Nashville including Rounder Records and Little Dog Records.
After traveling throughout the Southeast playing various string instruments, his opportunities expanded to include tours with Neil Young. In between tours with Young backing bands The Shocking Pinks, International Harvesters, and Electric Band, Anthony also toured with Steve Winwood, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, the Pegi Young Band, Nicolette Larson and Blackhawk.
A prolific songwriter, Crawford has over four hundred songs to his credit, many recorded by artists including Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, Billy Burnett, and Lorrie Morgan.Anthony’s solo career has been productive as well, recording several albums. His solo efforts include a self-titled debut album, Radio Cafe, and his latest, Five Is Red—his strongest solo accomplishment to date. The collaborative album was recorded with Everest and Bo Koster from My Morning Jacket.
Anthony’s known in the industry as both a multi-instrumental musical prodigy, gifted photographer, and talented videographer. His photo is on the cover of Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II, and his photography has been shown at various museums throughout California. Anthony’s recent rockumentary On the Road with a Rock Star captures day-to-day life with Neil Young and the gang as well as internal thoughts and views while on the road.
Living on Alabama’s Gulf Coast with wife/singing partner Savana Lee, they created Sugarcane Jane in 2009 and tour the southeast. Anthony opened his recording studio Admiral Bean in 2010, and has been busy recording artists from around the country. Crawfword says south Alabama is “a great place to land,” as he looks out over pasture and into the woods of his backyard.
CARY LAINE - MOBILE, AL
Cary Laine, the blue eyed beauty from the beaches of Alabama may be the biggest thing to enter the Alt Country and Americana music scene since Dolly Parton. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a powerhouse voice, her tone can put it's listener at immediate attention as she delivers her message with no apologies. Since her national introduction on NBC's The Voice (and turning all four chairs) in 2014, Cary has been touring the country and writing new material for her first ever full length album, Miss Alabama. The Voice was a catalyst to Laine's career, growing her fan base to hundreds of thousands within days. After parting with the show, it was only natural to get back to writing and begin recording her debut album. Laine has something to prove, something to say. She is more than the girl on The Voice with the red cowboy boots.
From the Mississippi Delta to its coast, Taylor Craven's upbringing helped forge his path as a songwriter early in life. Growing from seeds of inspiration from songwriting masters such as Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker and John Prine, and genres including gospel, country and blues, Craven began writing songs as a hobby and soon was performing in songwriting festivals across the south including the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival and winning contests, including recently both a 3rd place and honorable mention award in American Songwriters Magazine. He was selected to play in the first ever Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout.
He’s a 2014 top ten contestant in the Texas Troubadour Songwriter Classic, judged and selected by Ray Wylie Hubbard. With an expanding catalog of songs, Taylor has found himself in high demand as a writer, sharing the pen with numerous artists, from the legendary Wild Bill Emerson and Bo Roberts, to local singer/songwriters looking to improve their craft. Taylor is also a co-founder and current member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, which was established in 2010.
MELISSA JOINER - GULF SHORES, AL
Native of Baldwin County, Alabama, Melissa Joiner has been submersed in music since birth.
Her diverse style and creative use of formal opera training, has created a unique sound that
makes her a standout among other gulf coast female vocalists. In her first summer of being a
professional musician, she hosted the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout in the
world famous Florabama, and participated in many festivals which include the Frank Brown
International Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival,Pensacola Beach
Songwriters Festival,and the 43rd International Shrimp Festival just to name a few. She is the
co-founder and co-producer of the Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout, and founder and executive
producer of the Songs that Save concert series. Melissa has been featured on 92ZEW fm radio
live concert series, and has opened up for a few national touring acts. Melissa has recently
performed on PBS's Studio Amped with her band, and will be releasing her first EP this summer.
Melissa has spent the last three months playing in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and other countries
in the Pacific Islands and looks forward to playing in an area near you!
Born in Alexander City, Alabama in 1954
Went to Nashvlle in 1970 to try to get a job playing bass guitar....didn't work out. Met a publisher from New Yorlk through cousin Billy Sherrill. Got a job running tapes and workin in the office for gallico surrounded by sonwriters like Billy Sherrill, Nora Wilson, Glen Sutton, and Carmal Taylor. You could'nt help but learn something!
I had my frirst two songs recorded at age 17 by George Jones and Tammy Wynette...(One Country).. Love Is All We Need, and (One Gospel)...When Jesus Comes To Take His Children Home.
Both were written with Duke Goff. Through the next 15 to 20 years, I had songs recorded by Tanya Tucker, Charlie Rich, Joe Stampley, Brenda Lee, David Allen Coe, T.G. Shepard, Lacy J. Dalton, Don Hunley, Paul Anka, John Anderson, Marlo Smith and many more.
Abe Partridge is a songwriter from Mobile, Alabama. Over the last 15 years, he has been everything from a landscaper in South Alabama, to a roofer in East Tennessee, a day-laborer in northwest Georgia, to a pastor in Appalachian Kentucky. He has been broke, bent, cheated, damaged, and nearly died on at least two occasions. He has witnessed births, deaths, homecomings, baptisms, marriages, and funerals. Through all these experiences, he has carried a guitar all along the way, writing songs at every turn.
He has only just begun sharing these songs with the world. His first album, White Trash Lipstick, is due to be released in March of 2016.