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Jeff Raught
Jeff Raught

Jeff has been meandering his way through life with songs and stories for many years. Finding the humor in unexpected places and delivering it in a way that only Jeff can. Connecting the dots, or maybe helping to erase them. It is a delightful blend of music that has flavors of blues, gospel and hints of The American Songbook.

For a new twist on some old yarn....

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Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.
Various ensembles over thirty-ish years.

I play bass guitar (currently a five string "MTD").

I've played in churches (I'm part of a folk group in a Catholic church at present), pubs - nasty and nice, concerts, coffee houses and assorted other environments.

I've played in duos, full bands (three, four, five piece) and other configurations. I've had the good fortune to be part of a number of recording sessions as well.

I play by ear and use chord charts frequently. I am learning to "read" but am at a beginner level in that regard.

There are very few types of music that I don't like. I've played rock, country, gospel, reggae, folk and even some classical at a semi-serious to pretty serious level.

I'm a sucker for a great melody, a cool riff or a worthwhile lyric. If all three elements converge in a song great; I will, however, settle for one or two of them. :-)

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Alanadale seeks to unionize the acoustic with the electric, the organic with the synthetic, as well as the human with the animal. We take the leftovers from the 70's UK progressive-rock scene and mix it up with saucy folk-pop sensibilities: Gentle Gaint meets The Acorn.

Anabaptist Bestiary Project

Rocking the world through reflection on creatures the Anabaptist Bestiary Project is a ten piece alternative rock ensemble under the creative direction of Trevor Bechtel that combines the influence of such diverse bands as Rush, Belle and Sebastian, The Story and The Smiths. The ABP collects vocal and instrumental musicians from Bluffton University to delve into the artistic and literary heritage of the spirituality of creatureliness.

andi and i

andi and i performs a substantive body of original "funked-up folk," interrupted by the occasional well-chosen cover tune. Al Tauber's lyrics, ranging from intensely thoughtful to patently absurd (sometimes within the same song), are well served by his dexterous and creative guitar playing and Andi Tauber's whisper-to-roar vocals. As one venue operator has noted, "It's often difficult to believe that so much music is coming from two voices and a guitar."

Annie James Project

Andrea (Annie), Jamie (James), Henry and Jonathan make up Annie James Project. They are based in the region of Waterloo, and play music from various genres: rock, folk, celtic, fiddle, bluegrass, blues, celtic rock, church and worship. They love to blend their voices in rich harmonies, and to use as many instruments per concert as possible, just to confuse the sound guy. Their joy is to play and sing tunes that are known and loved, as well as less known tunes they think will be loved; music from the secular as well as church tradition.

Benjamin Ezra

Dear Music Fans,

I play alot of the music I have written at concerts. Most people stand around watching and claping. If you like music I think we could be good friends, because that means we would have alot in common. I've been playing and writting music all my life. So if you have any questions about my life, music or want to play some frisbee come to the show. See you there.

Benjamin Ezra


BlankBlueSky is naming the struggle and bringing it home. Straight-up rock created by straight-up people for anyone who cares to listen.

brad yoder

Brad Yoder, voted "Best Acoustic Artist" in 2003 and 2004 by the Pittsburgh City Paper, in a live coffeehouse performance.

Logging hundreds of performances in venues ranging from colleges, clubs, and cafés to church basements and the zoo, Brad has earned the title of "ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene" (Pittsburgh Magazine.) His song "Used" was recently featured on the CBS show NUMB3RS, and “Till the Colors” was a part of the Pittsburgh History Museum’s 9/11 exhibit. As a solo performer, Brad has showcased at the Pittsburgh Folk, and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, and opened for artists as diverse as Robyn Hitchcock, Todd Snider, the Nields, Ellis Paul, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, the Vigilantes of Love, and David Gray.

Burnt Possum: Dan Easley, Jeremy Frey, Chad Gusler

The Burnt Possum Poets is a trio of wordsmiths based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. They explore the minute differences between romance, nature, the divine and taxicabs. A musician first and foremost, Dan Easley composes and records songs and sound-scapes. In love with the world and everything in it, Jeremy Frey generates poems and creative nonfiction. Chad Gusler delivers short stories and sermons, often mixing both genres to expose and surpass the embedded boundaries of prose and the pulpit. Their work can be found at Burnt Possum and at Towndowner Records.

Bush Wiebe

"Mennonites may be pacifists but Bush Wiebe reminds us that they're still pretty badass!" Rhubarb Magazine

Spend a bit of time in a world of uncompromising and unapologetic Mennonite blues that'll stomp you deep into the ground.

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BushWiebeandtheMennoniteBluesE https://www.facebook.com/BushWiebe/app_470868196288052 https://myspace.com/bushwiebe

chuckee & the Crawdaddies

this blues, r&b, soul band includes 4 well-seasoned musicians from england, kitchener-waterloo, and punkydoodles corners, which lies between tavistock & new hamburg, Ontario.

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