THROUGH THE LENS: Six Roots Music Artists on the Verge
Andrew Adkins -Mountain Stage - Photo by Amos Perrine
Ariana Gillis (by Boom Baker)
Ariana Gillis is an award winning and critically acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter who I first discovered when watching a YouTube video of her performing a cover of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” recorded in Buddy Miller’s studio. Besides accolades from Buddy and Julie Miller, Ariana has been praised by rock critic Dave Marsh and Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin. After this serendipitous discovery, I was excited to see she was listed as a performer on this year’s Cayamo Music Cruise. Her performances on the boat were spectacular and took us on a magical musical journey with her poetic songwriting. Check out Gillis’ forthcoming album The Maze, produced by Buddy Miller and David Gillis, with a June 14 release date. Ariana Gillis is a rising star.
Don’t be fooled by Tivel’s soft, whispery vocals that float, caressed even, by lyrics and music that ever so subtly hint at a turbulent undercurrent. Her fourth album, The Question, was released last month to rave reviews, including at NPR and right here at No Depression. Folk Alley’s (and ND contributor) Kelly McCartney noted that Tivel “asks questions that can’t be answered. She knows that the destination is never what matters, not when we are unwilling to look at the pain and despair that fills the journey for so many.” Having seen Tivel shortly before the album’s release, I can attest to how quietly devastating her songs are. As if to counteract that persona, she also demonstrated a graceful stage presence, secure in her own skin.
Carsie Blanton (by C. Elliott)
*repeat repeat (by Chris Griffy)
Roseanne Reid (by Carol Graham)
Over the last few years, Edinburgh-born Roseanne Reid has built a loyal following at solo performances across Scotland, but it’s only in recent weeks that her long-awaited debut album Trails has been released following a crowdfunding campaign. Roseanne Reid has a spine-tingling voice that is both gentle and gritty. Her songwriting abilities have been nurtured by none other than Steve Earle, through repeated invitations to his annual Camp Copperhead. Reid’s album has been produced by Teddy Thompson, with Steve Earle providing guest vocals. Watching Reid promote her album in a local record shop recently, I knew I was watching history being made. Reid is an artist whose name will be on everyone’s lips in the future.