Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folksinger Michael Johnathon. He is the winner of the prestigious 2020 Milner Award of the Arts, screenwriter for the upcoming Caney Creek motion picture, a touring songwriter, author of five published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, the full symphony performances of SONGS OF RURAL AMERICA and as the creator and host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide
Lisa Biales and Doug Hamilton
Lisa Biales and Doug Hamilton are a dynamic duo who have been performing together since 2003. Since she started her recording career in 1999, Lisa’s music has been heard somewhere in the world every day. She has been called “The Belle of the Blues” and the critics are raving about Lisa’s powerful, sultry, crystal pure voice. “She can stretch out a note to the kind of length that makes you forget that you are holding your breath. Lisa grew up in a musical family and has been performing all her life, she is comfortable on stage singing from a knowing heart, while holding an audience sway with her voice. “She has an astonishing ability to give herself over to a song. The trick with a performer like Biales is to not fall for the idea that any of it is as simple as she makes it sound. She is a performer’s performer in that sense.” Doug Hamilton performs with the Wild Water Band, the Richmond Symphony and Michael G. Ronstadt. In the past Hamilton could be seen with Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire and Barbara Mandrel.
The Faux Frenchmen:
Hot Club-fueled gypsy jazz in Cincinnati.
Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts:
Serenity Fisher and the Cardboard Hearts blend playful pop-rock with a Tim Burton-esque quirkiness. A wordsmith, Serenity Fisher entices stories into becoming songs using truth-telling, highly-visual lyrics, and dreamy melodies. Fisher is a powerhouse singer whose nuanced vocals vary from bluesy belt to sultry whisper, from technical prowess to stripped down raw emotion. Her piano style is theatrical and passionate. Her music has been compared to Regina Spektor, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple.