Sarah Jane Scouten

Sarah Jane

Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten’s music delivers a signature mix of vintage folk and country music, with modern sounds and subjects. An ever expanding palette brings a freshness to her brand of ambient indie Americana — or “space-country” as she likes to call it. It’s as relevant to today as it is rooted in the music of her forebears. Touring throughout North America and Europe, this seasoned performer boasts a top-notch live band and considerable acclaim for her last three full-length albums.

Her fourth album “Confessions”, recorded in Toronto with veteran producer Andre Wahl, is a further exploration of Americana sounds and song forms, ranging from indie-pop and folk rock to gritty hints of 70’s David Bowie and T-Rex. Scouten doesn’t lose herself at the helm of so many influences, but ties it together by invoking Sturgill Simpson, classic Tom Petty and Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.

Raised in a musical family on Bowen Island BC, where harmony singing was more common than watching television, Sarah Jane commits to her roots, using her warbling voice and knack for storytelling to captivate and transport her audiences. Sarah Jane is steeped in North American and British folk music from years of finding folk music at its source, from the folklorists of Vancouver Island to old time jams in West Virginia, Sacred Harp singing in Kentucky, the song craft of Nashville, two-stepping in Louisiana and her Glasgow roots.

Confessions possesses an almost irresistible draw.”

– Exclaim!

What makes this collection most remarkable is her ability to share the details of her life in a way that makes us all a little stronger, and a hopefully a little more understanding.

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Bart Budwig

Bart

With over 150 national/international shows per year and seven full-length records, Bart Budwig and his cosmic country/secular gospel has become a mainstay of the Pacific NW music scene.

While Budwig’s records are known for their full band production and multi-faceted arrangements, many of his live shows strip this away, leaving him alone on stage. For some this may feel a rarer, more intimate affair. A man, a guitar, a single spotlight. It is this ambiance, this raw intimacy, that Budwig sets out to capture with his sixth LP, “Sabai.”

“From his home in Enterprise, Oregon, Budwig has established himself as one of the region’s most promising young country musicians.” – Oregon Public Broadcasting (2017)

“Paint By Numbers Jesus is an odyssey through American music with a backslidin’ gospel feel. Budwig has a knack for distilling songs down to their most significant elements, which he does here even with a full band.” – American Standard Time (2018)

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