Brian K & The Parkway, a duo comprising Washington, DC area musicians Brian K. Pagels and Stephen Russ, formed in 2021. Their music, a nod to the ‘70s rock sound of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Warren Zevon, is guitar-based, roots-oriented rock, infused with a healthy dose of soul and R&B. The duo dubs their sound “coastal heartland rock,” reflecting the fact that their major influences are artists that hail from coastal areas such as New Jersey, Florida, and California, but are known for their own mix of classic heartland rock. Their debut album Killing The Bear’s overarching theme addresses our ever-increasing inability as humans to deal with the source of our problems. Instead we look to surface-level, near-term solutions, and then declare immediate victory. The music evokes a victory lap, when in fact the characters are often going nowhere.
Americana/Alt-Country songwriter Karen Jonas knows how to tell a story. Her new album The Restless is “a stunning collection of dreamy and dark alt-country confessionals; a deep exploration of love and vulnerability from one of Americana’s most hopeless romantics” (Holler.Country). With “vocals that twist and snap with tension and emotional depth” and a dynamic band, it’s no wonder Karen is turning heads all around the world (Country Music People, U.K.). Flanked by her longtime guitarist the inimitable Tim Bray, bassist Seth Morrissey and Seth Brown on drums, she dazzles with energy that showcases their nine-year touring chemistry and the true joy of their art. Karen has released six full-length records and is a three-time Wammie (Washington Area Music) Award winner for Best Country and Americana Artist, Mid Atlantic Song Contest winner, Ameripolitan Award nominee, and official SXSW and UK Americanafest Showcasing Artist. As Parklife Mag DC put it, “the voice of country music in the DMV is a big, bright voice that belongs to Virginia native Karen Jonas.”
Cat Popper is a bassist and songwriter who trained classically at the North Carolina School of The Arts and studied jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. She is a member of a trio called Puss N Boots with Norah Jones and Sasha Dobson and is known for her work with Jesse Malin, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Jack White. She has also played live and recorded with folks such as Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, KT Tunstall, Brian Fallon, Jennifer Nettles, Tommy Stinson, Alejandro Escovedo, She and Him, Rain Phoenix, Peter Rowan, and Tony Rice. She released her first single, “Maybe It’s All Right” on Velvet Elk Records in 2020 and her second single “Breath” in 2021.
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