Mary Gauthier

On the FOUNDLING, songs tell the story of a kid abandoned at birth who spent a year in an orphanage and was adopted, who ran way from the adopted home and ended up in show business, who searched for birth parents late in life and found one and was rejected, and who came thru the other side of all this still believing in love.

Loudon Wainwright III

Yes, it’s the ‘Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road’ guy. He also was Capt. Calvin Spaulding the singing surgeon on the TV show M*A*S*H, and Johnny Cash recorded his song ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Cry.’ He’s also the dad of Rufus Wainwright. But all that is just a small part of his storied career. He was just nominated for a Grammy for his ‘High Wide and Handsome’ The Charlie Poole story.

Hot Club of Cowtown

They brought the house down at last year’s Arts Festival. Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hard-swinging Western Swing trio on the planet. From early days busking for tips in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the band has grown and developed into a formidable international sensation. The Hot Club’s ever-growing presence on the international festival scene has grown with its relentless touring over the years alongside the release of five critically acclaimed CDs on American Roots label HighTone Records. In August 2008 the Hot Club’s sixth CD, ‘The Best of the Hot Club of Cowtown,’ a hand-picked, band-picked, twenty-song retrospective, was released by Shout!Factory.

Jesse Winchester

You could stock a crowd-pleasing jukebox with the songs Jesse Winchester has written and recorded in the last four decades ‘ and with the better-known versions of his songs that have become hits and album staples for artists ranging from Joan Baez to Elvis Costello to Jimmy Buffett. Winchester’s skill in capturing vivid small town vignettes, heartfelt love and love-lost situations, and goodtime celebrations has yielded a litany of I-know-that-songs: ‘Yankee Lady,’ ‘Biloxi,’ ‘Brand New Tennessee Waltz,’ ‘Talk Memphis,’ ‘Rhumba Girl’ ‘Payday,’ ‘I’m Gonna Miss You, Girl,’ ‘Let’s Make a Baby King’ and many more. He recently stole the show on Elvis Costello’s spectacle which featured fellow Narrows alums Nick Lowe and Richard Thompson

Seth Walker

A Narrows fave, who seamlessly mixes blues and soul for a dynamic and original sound. Seth posses a powerful voice, smooth guitar playing and smoking band. He ripped it up at last year’s Arts Fest. Check out the buzz.

Ronnie Earl

One of the most electrifying and soulful guitar players on the planet. Ronnie easily moves between blues, jazz and r&b to craft his signature sound

Chris Smither

Back in the old days,’ muses resilient troubadour Chris Smither, ‘writing new songs and making new albums were just chores. My priority was, and still is, performing live. I guess I still write the songs and make the records so that I can go out and play ‘ except that now I actually look forward to it. I’ve learned how to do it, and I’m very eager to get stuff recorded once I’ve written it.’ Recorded in only three days, Time Stands Still is just the eleventh studio album of a career that now spans over four decades. Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert) is both pensive and visceral ‘ an album whose songs alternately ponder life’s mysteries in some moments, and let them lie undisturbed in others. Featuring eight new original compositions and a song apiece from Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, and 1920s country-blues songster Frank Hutchison, Time Stands Still’s immediate, intimate sound is the direct result of one gig, and the challenge it presented.

Tom Russell

Tom Russell is an american composer. His latest ‘Blood and Candle Smoke’, is a collection of powerful observations and deliberations, takes Tom`s work to another level entirely.

Paula Cole

1997’s Grammy Winner for ‘Best New Artist’, and only the second woman ever nominated for ‘Producer of the Year’, Paula Cole burst onto the scene with her top ten hit Where Have All The Cowboys Gone. Her follow up single I Don’t Wanna Wait reached #11 on the charts and became the theme for the hit TV series Dawson’s Creek. Paula was a headliner on the Lillith Fair tour and has toured and recorded with Peter Gabriel. Following a hiatus to raise her daughter, Paula returned in 2007 with her album Courage and continues to create and produce critically acclaimed works of musical art – delivering powerful, breathtaking live performances. She is currently working on her next Decca Records release slated for summer 2010.

Mose Allison

Born in the Mississippi Delta, this pioneering pianist’s songs have been covered by The Clash, The Who (They did ‘Young Man’s Blues’), Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello etc. His music has been described as a fusion of rustic blues and jazz. It’s an absolute high honor to bring this gentleman to the Narrows. He will be touring in support of his fine new record The Way of the World