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Brandon Green is a dynamic singer /songwriter who has built up quite a following along the Gulf Coast. His shows are must see for both locals and tourist looking for a great entertainer. A southern boy from Lucedale, Mississippi, Brandon has mixed his phenomenal pop vocal range with a down home country flair, and found a winning combination. He has already achieved some national notoriety by becoming the runner-up on Season 2 of CMT’s Can You Duet, and by being hand picked, by Keith Urban, as the winner of Guitar Center’s “Your Next Record with Keith Urban”, Subsequently he recorded songs with legendary producer Dann Huff, and secured an opening spot on Urban’s 2011 tour.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

The restless is a female led Pop Duo based in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up just outside music city, sisters Rachal & Emily began performing several showcases and festivals in Tennessee and surrounding areas. The sisters quickly developed a strong passion for music and songwriting and In 2016, decided to collaborate their unique styles into one by forming the duo The restless. Since 2016, The restless have performed over 300 shows in the Southeast Region. The restless also founded a showcase titled “Songs for Change” which takes place annually and donates to a charity of the group’s choice. The restless recently announced their first Introduction Tour, which will span across the Southeast & Midwest United States regions and will feature several newly written songs to be released in the near future.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

Grinder House welcomes back "The Man from Mississippi" good friend and accomplished artist that works harder than anyone we know.
Sean Gasaway is an award winning singer/songwriter, publisher, record executive, and record producer. Sean was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Sean's incredible popularity and high demand has led to performances of his hit "Stomp" and The National Anthem in front of 75,000 Pittsburgh Steeler Fans at Heinz Field, back to back Native American Music Awards for Song and Single Of The Year (2017 & 2018), songs played on the NBC Today Show, FOX Sports, featured rounds at the World Famous Bluebird Café, International Festivals including The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, year round performances at the World Famous Flora~Bama, Feature Artist with The Last Honkytonk Music Series, various House Concerts from the Gulf Coast to New England, holds major publishing deals in every country in the world, garnering over 100 songs cut, four #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, six Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, songs in major movies, documentaries, NFL Sports, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release "Mississippi Vol. 1", and his trend setting 2019 bootleg CD’s "Mixtape, Mississippi" and “Mixtape, Mississippi 2”.

Sean has been in the music business for over 25 years writing, performing, producing, and touring with bands including 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Mickie James, The Ying Yang Twins, Deborah Allen, Kat Perkins, The Highway Women, and Rachel Stacy to name a few.

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Sean Gasaway, Mississippi boy, has become a hurricane-like force to be reckoned with.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep-- and as difficult to send home. The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler, have been hobbling around the country in their 16’ camper since 2015, when their Nashville landlord left them without heat during an ice storm for 12 days. Then she tried to hike the rent. Enough was enough, and The Rough & Tumble gave their 30 days notice at their jobs and their lease, sold most of what they owned, and hopped into their shoddily built camper, in spite of the lot salesman's advice. They picked up a couple of actual strays along the way-- two 100lb dogs, Puddle & Magpie Mae-- and have been making themselves at home in living rooms, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country. They've been recognized as a Feature Showcase Artist at 2018 SERFA, and a 2018 honorable mention for the Listening Room Network.



Even at their start in 2011, The Rough & Tumble are collectors. Trinkets, instruments, stories shoved in cupholders, and scraps of paper sticking out of old books they never planned to read, the duo couldn’t resist filling their pockets with tiny things that may be useful down the road. Until they hit the road. Limited in space, The Rough & Tumble are a new kind of collector: songwriting with illustration, and arranging each song with a menagerie of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjulele. "Their Americana music is restorative, their performance highly entertaining, their orchestra of unusual instruments intriguing, and… jokes and stories are worthy of an HBO special." (Linda Bolton, Cozy Cabin House Concerts).

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

WestWend is an Americana/country duo comprised of Jonathan Maness (guitar, vocals) and Wendy Crowe (vocals). Established in 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee, they perform and record new traditional country music. With Jonathan’s roots in bluegrass and Wendy’s roots stemming from the Delta blues, classic country, and Motown, they have come together to create a sound all their own.

WestWend’s latest CD, “Linger For A While”, takes bluegrass standards and makes them new again, while their originals capture their audience with a traditional flavor. Wendy’s voice has been best compared to Alison Krauss, while Jonathan’s rich baritone and agile flatpicking are well known to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. WestWend has performed at some of the biggest festivals in the United States and Europe including: the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the National Cornbread Festival, the St. Augustine Seafood festival, the Pensacola Great Gulf Festival and more. They also performed a 14 day tour in 5 european countries, including the Spring Bluegrass Festival in Switzerland. They have also opened for Rhonda Vincent, Guy Clark, and Tyler Hilton.

The road goes on forever for WestWend and their second album is set to be released in late 2018. Whichever way the wind blows, you can be sure to see WestWend in a town near you.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

Grinder House is honored to welcome back RANDY C MOORE!
If you missed is show last time don't do it again. Randy, a true entertainer and top drawer professional is an Americana Music Artist. From Roy Acuff to Jon Bon Jovi Mr. Moore has been sought out and played with top acts all his career. We are so excited to welcome back to our humble stage, Mr. Randy C Moore!

A native of Humble, Texas, he came up thru the Texas music scene in the late 1970’s. At 15 years of age he was making his own records and thru the influence of Houston radio personality Arch Yancey (KNUZ) his first single releases were receiving significant Texas radio airplay as well as being a regular guest singer at Gilley’s night club and many other popular dance-halls around the Houston area. By the time he graduated high-school, Randy was a guest star on WSM’s Grand Ole Opry hosted by Roy Acuff.

“Mister Roy (Acuff) had one of the finest bands I’ve ever played with. We did a goosed-up version of my record, ‘Mountain Dew’ and it was just so much fun. An amazing experience for a kid of 18.”

He made the move to Nashville to attend Belmont University to learn the modern recording arts and pro songwriting skills.

Throughout the 1980’s Randy C Moore toured North America and the Middle East as a featured artist with The Knott Brothers Band (because they are not brothers). They would go on to be opening shows for Hank Williams Jr., David Allen Coe, Johnny Paycheck, and Lee Greenwood. As the decade was closing Randy C Moore was back at being a solo artist and writing songs with Pat Bunch, Restless Heart, David Lee, Jessie Hunter, and rockabilly legend, Carl Perkins.

“ …becoming friends with Carl Perkins was about the easiest thing I’d ever done. He reminded me so much of my dad, the way he dressed and talked, a real good soul. I couldn’t help but love the guy. I’m pretty sure he knew I was nervous, but it all went away with a little ‘well, how ya doin’ son?’… I really miss Carl”

In September 2001 Randy C Moore was the featured act at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville when he got the call to perform a benefit concert in Red Bank, New Jersey alongside Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, and play with several of Elvis Presley’s former band mates. The two-night stand was to benefit 9/11 families of the Trade Center Tower victims.

“I sang some Carl Perkins songs with D J Fontana on drums and Jerry Scheff on bass. Garry Tallent (E-Street Band) was the music director and told me this was one the most powerful shows he’s ever played. As for me I sang, I preached, I prayed, I cried, I tried to give all I could to let those folks know that God cared for them in their darkest time of need…I hoped it was enough.”

Throughout the 2000’s Randy C Moore remained a strong live act. Opening shows for Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Lee Ann Rimes. Soon he began to come up with the ideas that would eventually become his premier album “Hwy 59”. Released in mid-2016 the 10-song set caught the ears of radio programmers and music fans worldwide and domestic.

“Hwy 59, is what I call a life record. All very personal statements and sounds, and originally intended to be a record just for me. Somehow, what I perceived as my own vison suddenly was received as broad stroke. I had no idea. It was just my own thing…”

The first single, “Sunshine State Of Mind” became America’s # 1 Trop-Rock hit of 2016. As the album began garnering favorable reviews (Buddy Magazine, Gashouse Radio Magazine, Whiskey & Cigarettes Show, Phlockers Magazine) and chart-topping success (Roots Music Reports, Radio A1A Trop 40, My Kind Of Country, Whiskey & Cigarettes, and many more) Randy C Moore hit the world stage. His touring has taken him from The US to China and Monaco.  

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

Delnora grew up immersed in a rich musical environment. Her mother, Linda, was a classically trained vocalist, her father, Tim, introduced her to the best of folk, country, bluegrass and rock & roll music. “Mom plays piano,” she said. “Dad plays the guitar and mandolin. And every Reed family event was basically a celebration of the old-time tunes handed down by my Great Grandfather, Henry Reed. His tunes became the backbone of the American Folklife Collection at the Library of Congress. We all played those tunes; whether in tents by New River, or on porches in keeping with tradition. My PaPa Reed (Gene) was probably the most patient in teaching me chord progressions on the guitar. Both sides of my family gave me the musical roots to draw from and the encouragement to grow in my own artistry. They planted me in a varied and wonderful musical garden and I learned early that good music is good music, regardless of genre.”
Delnora says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a professional singer. “As a matter of fact, my parents, although encouraging, were reserved about throwing me into it as early as I wanted,” she recalled. “I was 11 years old before they allowed me to perform anywhere other than church, family or school events.”
Once she started singing locally, her parents saw that she was seriously focused and began to realize she needed her own songs. “I remember dad telling me, ‘There’s already a Reba McEntire and a Dolly Parton; You need to be you; we need to write you your own songs.”
So her dad began writing songs with Norman Godsey from Ballard, WV. And Delnora sat in on every one of those writing sessions. “I thought I was just the singer back then,” she recalled, “but I never really realized how much I absorbed and how much I learned as they wrote songs for my album. I had creative input and was learning how to craft a song intuitively because of how young I was.”
While they were recording those songs, a local DJ, Big Al Harman, from WAEY 96, started doing interviews with Delnora and her dad, documenting the whole process. “Looking back, Big Al also helped me in more ways than I ever realized: giving encouragement and drumming up local interest in what I was doing, and providing me with invaluable experience which helped me prepare to do what I love doing for a living,” Delnora said.
Music is now a full time profession for Delnora, who is also now a mom. “I was blessed to have my first child a little over two years ago, so as you can imagine, I took a little time off after having him. I say time off, but when you love what you do and it is your outlet for expressing swelled up feelings and emotions, do you ever really take time off?”
Delnora feels her style tends to be diverse. Although influenced by many types of music, her music doesn’t necessarily follow any one particular genre. There is an obvious underlying current of country/bluegrass/roots in most of her songs, but you can also pick up hints of blues and jazz influences as well. “It really depends on the song,” she said, “especially in regard to my CD, My Song. There is something for everyone. If Track one isn’t your style, just skip to the next one. I promise it will be completely different.” Her CD was co-produced by herself and Harry Smith.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

Melissa Alesi is a contemporary singer-songwriter from Delaware with a unique sound that fuses folk, alternative, and a bit of country, ornamented with eclectic elements of world music. Melissa began singing at age 12 when she auditioned for the Delaware All-State Choir. She began studying classical voice when she fell in love with performing. From soft crooning to powerful rock, she keeps the audience on their toes with her versatile vocal ability.

"I really fell in love with performing because it is an outlet like no other. I'm usually pretty quiet, but I like the feeling of being on stage because you can be anyone you want to be and really immerse yourself in the song. When I am performing- truly feeling a song- I am not thinking about anything else but that moment and I love that feeling!"

At a young age, Melissa was influenced by artists such as Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young. I remember sitting in the car with my dad and he put on an ELO cassette and we listened to 'Mr. Blue Sky.' I was hooked!"
Melissa began songwriting in 2007, and released her first full-length album, "ALESI,” in December 2008. Around the same time, she started developing a love for songwriting, she began performing as rhythm guitarist and vocalist in the trio, High Maintenance. In the four years with High Maintenance, Melissa built up her own repertoire and began playing as a solo artist. In 2012, she recorded her second album, "House of Stones," with Jimm Mosher at Hit Music Inc., in North Carolina.

During the next few years of developing her craft as a songwriter and guitarist, Melissa met Johnny Neel of the Allman Bros. Band. In May 2015, Melissa headed down to Nashville to record her third studio album, Lie Again, with Johnny. Melissa is currently promoting her album and playing shows on the East Coast.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 

 
 

 

In mid 2014, Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O’Donnell, of The Nouveaux Honkies, hoisted anchor and set sail in their rebuilt RV. The journey started in South Florida and took them as far west as the Rockies, as far north as the Great Lakes, as far east as Cape Cod, and returned south for the winter. It’s been somewhere around 150 thousand miles, 600 shows, and at least one million smiles that has influenced The Nouveaux Honkies and their Loud In Here CD release in March of 2018. The New Year will also see TNH with a permanent residence in Knoxville, TN. O’Donnell says, “We based out of Tennessee the last two summers and fell in love with the Smokies. Knoxville will be a wonderful spring through fall hub for traveling and we also love this little city.” Their 2015 release, “Blues For Country,” masterfully blended styles. Their new release, “Loud In Here,” is a continuance of that same concept, respecting the greats and creating their own gumbo, which reveals a highway of influences.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

 
 

 

Ava Davis is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN. Influenced by the sounds of Joss Stone and Colbie Caillat, Ava’s vocal styling is an infusion of pop and blues punctuated by her own unique twist. A soulful songstress, Ava has been characterized as a female John Mayer.
Ava started entering competitions at a young age and rapidly began capturing both judges and audiences attention. Most notably, she placed in the top 5 of the national "CCM Create an Artist” contest. She has also won the “Sing your heart out” competition, “Rising Star of TN”, and many others.
Having performed across the Southeast, Ava is no stranger to the stage. She began performing at fairs and festivals at the age of 12. Since then, she has performed at venues, such as, the Commodore Grille, 3rd and Lindsley, Opry Mills Mall, Wild Wing Cafe, Twangs, The Fillin Station, The Nashville Palace, The Row and many others. Ava has become a crowd favorite for music lovers of all ages.
Living in Nashville has given Ava the opportunity to meet and work with several award-winning songwriters and producers. She is currently writing for her second EP to be released later this year.

 

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Friday from 6-8pm central.

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