Jenna & Martin
The Cosmic Western Duo of Jenna & Martin combineclassic country sounds, bluegrass techniques, gospel harmonies, and rock rhythms to make their unique sounding Cosmic Western music.
Both Jenna & Martin are multi-instrumentalists and their live show incorporates a wide range of different instruments including guitar, pedal steel, banjo, foot pedals and saxophone. At their live shows you are likely to see favorite classic cover songs by Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou Harris, Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and many more. The duo brings their vintage inspired Cosmic Western vibes wherever they go and deliver a high-spirited performance every time.
Jenna & Martin met as banjo players at Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Martin was working on recording his debut album and Jenna had dreams of recording an album. Since then the duo has released both of those albums, Martin’s called “Tales From the Outer Country” and Jenna’s “Workin’ Woman”. Both were produced by Martin. The duo released a holiday E.P. titled “Gingerbread” with three original holiday tracks in the winter of 2018 and are now recoding their first full length album together.
"Genre defying americana/folk, with fancy chords, fancier guitar work, and the fanciest harmonies. Mikal Shapiro is one of our favorite songwriters in town, and Chad Brothers vocal and instrumental accompaniment is subtle, inspired, and impeccable."
- Money Wolf Music
"They aren’t a sibling act. But they are a Kansas City duet — Mikal Shapiro and Chad Brothers — who write jazzy songs and sing in the kind of keen harmonies that siblings are famous for. Their guitar interplay is equally impressive."
- Kansas City Star
"Smart folk with beautiful harmonies. Fans of Neko Case and Dave Rawlings Machine will appreciate their eclectic chemistry."
- Westport Roots Festival
Appalachian Sky is the fiddling of native Appalachian musician Shawn Craver, the deft groove of Joshua Luper's Collings dreadnought guitar, the cutting-edge beats of former metal-head turned bones player Jeremy Blaes, and the precision three-finger Gibson banjo playing of Cassi Dahlinger. The band specializes in traditional pre-bluegrass Appalachian music, including centuries-old fiddle tunes and haunting mountain ballads.
Shawn Craver - fiddle, vocals, stories.
Shawn is a 4th generation Appalachian multi-instrumentalist and singer of traditional songs. Known for his intense and emotional fiddling, he's opened for the likes of Chris Thile, Tim O'Brien, and The Nashville Bluegrass Band on the stages of college campuses, concert series, and festivals throughout the country. Shawn is also a 5 time Maryland State Banjo (oldtime) Champ, Mid-Atlantic Mandolin Champ and his unique versions of tunes and songs learned from family and friends in the Potomac Highlands form the foundation of Appalachian Sky.
Joshua Luper - guitar.
Joshua burst onto the Wichita, Kansas music scene in 2009 as the guitarist playing hundreds of shows with Kansas's most prolific string band, Raging Sea. Though coming from a "Winfield" family, as a teenager Joshua developed a taste for rock and blues and provides the eclectic backdrop for Appalachian Sky. Ever experimenting with arranging fiddle music, Joshua and Shawn sometimes branch out as a duo to explore even more subleties of the rare tunes.
Jeremy Blaes - percussion, dancing.
Jeremy "Blaze" Blaes began his musical career as a Heavy Metal drummer until he found himself at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas playing the bones. His sense of timing with the bones is precise and he makes the simple instrument sing in an intricate danceable groove. Jeremy's deft use of the washboard turns it into a sophisticated instrument and his love of flat-foot dancing make Jeremy a force in the current Old-Time music scene.
Cassi Dahlinger - banjo
Armed with her trusty Gibson five string, and a long history of playing epic jams at Winfield and all across all across the Kansas acoustic scene, Cassi brings a wealth of stage experience to the band. Also a member of the all female Wichita bluegrass ensemble "The Fun Girls", Cassi 's understanding of tight arrangements, keen ear skills, and precise banjo rolls round out the progressive presentation of Appalachian Sky's music.
MAW is rowdy string band made up of Lawrence, KS women who like to play and sing songs about murder, mules, mining, and morphine. MAW took the stage for the first time in late 2006 and have playing shows around the Midwest ever since. Set lists combine traditional and original songs that are sung and played crowded around a single condenser mic.
Our first CD, Advice for the Young and Foolish, was released in 2009 to enthuastic reviews locally as well as on Bluegrass Unlimited and in the Old Time Herald. Our second CD, Pit of Desire, was released in 2012, and our newest CD, Bought the Farm, was released in the fall of 2015. Our music has been played on radio stations around the U.S. and in Europe.
MAW is: Kit Cole, fiddle, vocals; Katie Conrad, mandolin, assorted stringed instruments, vocals; Tracy Floreani, guitar, tenor guitar, vocals; Julie Schwarting, upright bass, vocals; Jeanie Wells, clawhammer banjo, guitar, vocals.