Echo Mountain Recording Studio
The incomparable harmony of soaring, sultry vocals, prolific lyrics and unique fusion of Americana, bluegrass, R&B, and roots music makeup the “heartfelt country soul” Underhill Rose has become known for. The Asheville, N.C. based trio is led by Eleanor Underhill, an accomplished lyricist and banjo picker, with an alluring, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the powerful songstress with a soaring vocal range and dazzling stage presence. The addition of bass player Salley Williamson produces an impressive third harmony to this lovely trinity.
With a plethora of diverse influences, the Resonant Rogues write songs that transcend genres. Their meaningful lyrics and infectious melodies will catch your ear and move your feet. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Their music has found it’s way into many different kinds of venues- from rowdy bars to quiet listening rooms, from belly dance conventions to circus variety shows, from the local DIY space to the local jazz club, the Resonant Rogues thrive wherever they are given the opportunity. The RR’s perform as a 2-4 piece band depending on the situation.
Raised in Ruffin, North Carolina and hailing from Asheville, it’s only fitting that Nikki’s music is as eclectic as the state that boasts the mountains and the sea. Trying to pin down Nikki’s style, critics and reviewers alike have compared her to Patty Loveless and Gillian Welch, but to leave the comparisons there would be doing a disservice to her fiery stage performance, hauntingly seductive and raw gritty lyrics, lifted by a voice that harkens back to her Appalachian roots, and shores up on the edges of contemporary country, folk, and old time that has her audiences stomping and clapping for more.
Steep Canyon Rangers
It was nice to have our hometown friends of Steep Canyon set up in the API studio for a bit of time. The past year has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers to new heights. In March 2011, the band released its first collaborative record with Steve Martin, ”Rare Bird Alert” (also recorded here at our studio) which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2010, the latest solo record from Steep Canyon Rangers, ”Deep In The Shade”, remained in the Bluegrass Top 10 on Billboard for 18 weeks. While headlining festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin for part each year, the Rangers continue to perform alone as a quintet on stages such as Telluride, RockyGrass, and ”A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Recent television appearances by Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers include ”Late Night With David Letterman”, ”The Colbert Report” & ”Austin City Limits.”