Colebrook Road

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Colebrook Road is a five-piece ensemble that has become a familiar name throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The band is composed of lead singer, guitar player and songwriter Jesse Eisenbise; mandolinist and winner of the 2014 Watermelon Park Festival mandolin contest, Wade Yankey; upright bassist and tenor vocalist Jeff Campbell; banjoist, bass vocalist, dobro player and winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Banjo contest Mark Last; and fiddle player, baritone vocalist and winner of the 2015 Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention Joe McAnulty. Hailing from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colebrook Road performs original bluegrass while staying deeply rooted in tradition. Driving instrumentals to thoughtful ballads, distinctive covers to straight-drive three-part harmony, this five-piece band has a sound all its own. Colebrook Road is a standout string band.

 

Morgan Pinkstone

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Singer-songwriter Morgan Pinkstone has been writing and performing original music across the Philadelphia area since 2009. As the primary songwriter and front-woman for the band Swedeland, Pinkstone established herself as a powerful vocalist with a knack for spinning a phrase. Influenced heavily by 1960s era soul, classic rock, Americana and jazz, Pinkstone's original compositions are a soulful mixture of rock and folk. Pinkstone released her debut solo album, Swimmer, in late 2016. The eleven song collection ranges from quiet waltzes to fully orchestrated neo-soul throwbacks. Morgan has recently returned to the studio to record her forthcoming EP, Place, with an anticipated release this fall.

 

Gooch and The Motion

Gooch and The Motion deliver a unique blend of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll straight out of South Jersey. Nine-time Grammy award-winning producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo says, “They have a one-of-a-kind sound that also makes you nostalgic of artists you’ve listened to in the past.”

The band is in the process of recording their sophomore album, Outside the Window, to be released later this year in addition to a northeast tour to support it. The album showcases band leader Ryan “Gooch” Nelson’s growth in lyrics and musicality influenced by his life. The energy and connection in the band is truly at an all-time high!

Formed in 2016, Gooch and The Motion began as a rotation of many talented musicians from the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. The core of the band has blossomed into a fully dedicated six- piece group that is as comfortable headlining a festival as it is playing intimate club venues. The Motion have performed with The Allman Brothers, Luther Dickinson, Lynryd Skynyrd, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Walter Trout, and the Zac Brown Band, just to name a few.

 

Rylan Brooks

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Rylan Brooks is a known mainstay at the Skinny Dennis honky tonk in Brooklyn, NY and an exciting force in new, original Outlaw Country & Western music with a dose of good-natured humor. American Highways recently said of Rylan Brooks, "...what sets them apart from other Country and Americana acts is the good-natured, low-falutin’ humor that drives their clever, congenial tunes. Perhaps it’s just me, but that humorous touch seems to be a rare commodity in those competing musical communities these days—these guys are the real deal." 

Originally from Havertown, PA, Rylan Brooks now splits their time between NYC and Nashville, TN. Recent shows include openings for Sarah Shook and the Disarmers (Johnny Brenda's), The National Reserve (MIlkboy), Grammy winner Delbert McClinton (Colonial Theatre), and Outlaw Country great, Dallas Moore. The September 2018 release of their debut album, Half Wild, found it garnering rave reviews from critics ("A beautiful mix of songs"—Red Dirt Review) and fans alike ("I love everything about them."—Walnuts the Drifter, KVOK Radio). They are also working on a new album in Nashville produced by Dean Miller, son of legendary entertainer, Roger Miller. Rylan Brooks is thrilled to bring their one-of-a-kind songwriting and down-home humor to Connective Festival 2019.

 

David Wax Museum

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"Suz and I started this band as friends," says David Wax, "but now we’re married and have a child and have our family on the road with us. The stakes are different."

Those stakes are what lie at the heart of David Wax Museum's fourth and boldest studio album to date, Guesthouse (to be released October 16 on Thirty Tigers). It's the sound of a band reconciling the accountability of marriage and parenthood with the uncertainty and challenges of life on the road; of coming to terms with the limitations of the "folk" tag that launched their career and pushing past it into uncharted musical territory; of reimagining their entire approach in the studio to capture the magic and the bliss of their live show. In typical David Wax Museum fashion, the songs on Guesthouse are simplistic and sophisticated, elegant and plainspoken all at once. Rather than succumbing to the weight of the newfound responsibilities that landed on their doorstep, the band has leaned into the challenges to capture a brilliant portrait of the messy beauty of it all.