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Sep 25 2022
2022 Lineup

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Brad was born and raised in Orlando and moved to Nashville in 2017 to pursue a career in Country music. With a heavy emphasis on songwriting, Brad lends his style to the Rock music he grew up on paired with the earnest Country lyrics the genre is known for. He has penned several songs recorded by various Nashville recording artists, including Tim McGraw. He's also had the opportunity to play and open for some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Cole Swindell, Travis Denning, and The Cadillac Three. Along with songwriting, Brad formed a band with fellow songwriter Kyle James called The Walk-Ons. Their debut EP, Famous by Association, landed at #8 on the iTunes Country Chart and their follow-up EP is scheduled for a release soon.
Brian Sutherland is an acoustic songwriter living in Nashville, TN. His brand of Americana has a certain pop and jazz influence that makes his music both timeless and relevant. He writes about love, loss, victories and defeats, and how leaning into your heart is always the best way forward. Sutherland honed his craft on the Gulf Coast shores of Southwest Florida, entertaining tourists and telling stories. A veteran of the songwriting festival circuit, he's been selected to perform at the Island Hopper Songwriting Festival, Key West Songwriters Festival, Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival, String Break Music Festival, Riverhawk Music Festival and the Druid City Songwriters Festival. Sutherland doubles down on his influences and driving forces on Sounds Like Love, his third studio album. A collection of letters to anyone with an open heart, one common thread is woven through the whole record: hope. Hope that, no matter the dark, you can always find your way back to the light.
Brinley Addington is a country singer/songwriter whose passion for music began at age three after a family trip to Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry. Influenced early on by 90’s and traditional country music, the Kingsport, TN native always knew Nashville was in his future and moved to Music City in 2008 to attend Belmont University. Shortly after, he began performing in the legendary honky tonks on lower Broadway and toured the country playing clubs, fairs, festivals, and opening shows for many notable acts including Florida-Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Marty Stuart, Ronnie Milsap, and more. In 2021, Addington scored his first #1 song with Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris’ hit, “Chasing After You” and was named one of Spotify’s Hot Country Standout Songwriters of the Year. Addington has also had songs recorded by Parmalee, Tyler Farr, Kameron Marlowe as well as Texas favorites Kevin Fowler and Kyle Park among others. Over the years, Addington has released several recordings of his own which are available now on all major digital platforms.
Over the last few years, Country singer on the rise Brooke Eden has carved herself a space in Nashville and has become a force to be reckoned with. Heralded by Billboard as a "fiery country star-in-the-making,” Eden has used her personal journey to self-acceptance to create music that is both bold and passionate with the message that it is okay to be who you are. Her new song “Left You For Me,” is the first release from her recent EP, Choosing You. Flexing her artistic muscle with unbridled joy stemming from living her authentic life, Eden’s new music was produced with longtime collaborator Jesse Frasure (Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town). She has punctuated this message in the form of a partnership with the RIAA, an open-ended, multi-event-driven campaign designed to show how music can enable our authentic voice, give us purpose, connect us to each other, and give us strength and courage to navigate life’s challenges. In 2021, Brooke came out and publicly embraced who she is as an LGBTQ+ artist. Since making her debut, Eden has shared stages with Country’s biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Kane Brown and Keith Urban. Most recently, she made her ACM Awards performance debut, joining Parmalee and Blanco Brown for their platinum multinational No. 1 smash hit “Just the Way.”
Bryan Ruby is a trailblazing professional baseball player and rising Country music artist based in Nashville. In 2021, he became the only active professional baseball player to come out as gay, and his story was featured on the front page of USA Today and in hundreds of media outlets around the world. As a songwriter, Bryan has penned songs that have appeared on the Texas Country Top 50 chart and the iTunes Country Top 25, and songs he has written have been featured on both Huffington Post and People Magazine. As an artist, he won season 7 of the talent-search competition Nashville Rising Song, and is preparing for the release of his upcoming debut EP. Bryan's first single, Left Field, was featured on The TODAY Show and added to rotation on SiriusXM Country Pride, as well as the Academy of Country Music's Ultimate Pride Playlist. He is currently on a Stadium Tour singing the National Anthem and performing pregame and postgame concerts at ballparks around the country.
Carlene Thissen has been singing all her life but only started writing music about 10 years ago. Since she started, she has released three albums: Spring Rain, Roses in the Sand, and Perfect Blend. Her musical style is a combination of Folk and Country, with a little bit of Blues thrown in. She writes both secular and Bible-inspired music. Carlene was raised in Northwest New Jersey in Sussex County (beautiful farmland) and resides today in Naples, Florida. She has been a regular performer at the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival since it began. She loves the casual environment and beautiful restaurants and other venues. Besides her father, who taught Carlene and her sisters to sing at early ages, Carlene’s voice was influenced by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her favorite songwriter, Bob Dylan, as she learned to play guitar in the 1960s. She performs shows, including “Judy, Joni & Joan,” a historical look at her three female idols, illustrated by her singing many of their songs. Carlene attended the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival and describes the experience as the best three days of her life. Several of her original songs were inspired by her experiences at Woodstock. One yet unreleased song came from attending the 50th anniversary at Bethel. Carlene also receives inspiration from a nearby agricultural community called Immokalee and has written not only music, but books, about this multi-cultural small town. She is connected to Immokalee in many ways, including singing at the English Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and teaching the supervisors of farm workers at the University of Florida’s Research & Education center there. Carlene performs several times a year with the Southwest Florida Americana Community Music Association, as well as at private homes, clubs, restaurants, theaters and other Southwest Florida venues. She is an active member of the Female Musicians Academy and Nashville Global Songwriters Connection.
Mix the vivid storytelling ability of a Nashville songwriter with the passion of a New England sports fan and the energy of an engaging performer, and you’ve got singer-songwriter Carly Tefft. Originally from Cape Cod, the 2015 Berklee College of Music grad’s influences range from Keith Urban, Carly Simon, Ed Sheeran and Julia Michaels; making Tefft’s sound multi-genre. Carolyn Kruse of Boston’s Country 102.5 puts it this way: “When she opens her mouth to sing, her lyrics draw you in and her power knocks you out. When she riffs, jaws drop. Carly Tefft and her red-headed moxie are a force … here to stay.“ Since calling Music City her home for the past five years, Carly has played the city’s famed Bluebird Cafe, The Listening Room, Whiskey Jam and opened for artists such as Justin Moore, Chase Rice, Jimmie Allen and Devin Dawson. Ty Bentli, host of The Ty Bentli Show on Apple Music, says Carly has “an incredible, unique tone and timber to [her] voice that is immediately identifiable,” which is easy to hear when you listen to her singles “When” and “Better Off at a Bar.” If her honest lyrics, full voice and rhythmic guitar skills don't grab your attention, her red hair just might.
A 24-year-old native of Fort Myers, Florida, Carter is a graduate of Canterbury High School. He helped lead the baseball team to a 31-1 record and the Class 3A State Championship in 2016. After high school, Carter continued his baseball career at Florida State University, where he played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska in 2019. Upon graduation from Florida State, Carter decided to move to Nashville to pursue a music career while also using his remaining NCAA baseball eligibility at Lipscomb University. Carter now resides in Nashville, where he has worked with a number of successful singer/songwriters. He has played venues such as Tootsies, Tin Roof, The Listening Room, and many more venues in Nashville and Florida. Recently, Carter has been involved with Chill Cowboy Country Club, which is a Country music NFT company created by Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line that includes artists such as Chase Rice, Danielle Bradbery, Tyler Braden, Breland, and many more established artists. While at FSU, Carter released his debut single “Paradise” that was written with Joe Noto. Soon after, Carter wrote “Song About You” with rising Country star, Jordan Rowe. “Like You Should Be Loved” was written with very notable songwriter, Matt Gorman, who was seen on the most recent season of American Idol with his girlfriend, Kaylin Roberson. In August 2022, Carter released his debut EP “God Made Beer,” which was his first release as a full-time artist out of college. All of his music was recorded with Grady Saxman at Saxman Studios. Being the Florida boy that he is, some like to call Carter the “Tropical Cowboy.” Some of his musical influences include Morgan Wallen, Brian Kelley, Kenny Chesney and George Strait.
Claire Liparulo, known locally and internationally as the frontwoman for soul/reggae/ska band, The Freecoasters, has been performing professionally since age 16. Based in Southwest Florida, she is a versatile and accomplished vocalist and songwriter. She has completed multiple national tours with her band, written and recorded 3 full-length albums, and performed onstage with international acts such as The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Greg Lee of acclaimed ska act, Hepcat, and has opened for acts including The Toasters, The Skints, Monty Neysmith of Symarip, The Pietasters, and more. As a songwriter and solo artist, Claire employs a poetic style, painting vivid landscapes. As performer and front-person, she is an engaging storyteller with a sincere authenticity and contagious charisma and a unique ability to connect with almost any audience. Claire's newly released single, THE COST, impactfully highlights her powerful and expressive vocal style. It is the first single off her highly-anticipated debut solo record, which is slated for release later in 2022 and features players from Muscle Shoals and Nashville.