The Sugar Strings are a soul-shaking, infinitely charming band from the far north. Based in Anchorage, AK, the Sugar Strings are Carlyle Watt (vocals, guitar), Theresa Watt (cello), Miriah May (violin), Kat Moore (vocals, keyboard and percussion) and Logan Bean (trumpet). Voted one of Anchorage’s favorite bands in 2012 and 2013 (Anchorage Press), the Sugar Strings and their sweet and funky foot-stomping tunes have shared the stage with bands such as Devotchka, The Deadly Gentlemen, Shook Twins, and The Builders and The Butchers.
Jeffrey Martin’s music has been compared to songwriters like Josh Ritter and Joe Pug. “I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”
In 2012 Jeffrey Martin was selected to perform at the NPR Mountain Stage New Song Contest in New York City. Since then he has gone on to tour nationally, and perform at numerous folk festivals (most notably Kerrville Folk Festival in 2014.) His songwriting has earned him opening slots for the likes of Anais Mitchell, Sean Hayes, Frank Fairfield, Joe Pug, Gregory Alan Isakov, David Wilcox, and others.
Jeffrey Martin has recently partnered with Fluff and Gravy Records in Portland, OR, and is releasing a full length album with them in August. The album, entitled Dogs in the Daylight, is an ambitious 15 track collection that is full of weight and intricacy. While the new album is bigger than his previous albums, complete with piano, bass, fiddle, drums, and even trumpet, the songs are still largely carried by Jeffrey’s voice and the sincerity of this songwriting – the very qualities that separate him from his peers.
Windus is a Portland-based indie/folk rock trio formed by songwriter and guitarist, Ryan Ball. The group mixes experimental sounds rooted in folk, but expands into both rock and pop.