DAY ONE Artists:

Red Wanting Blue


Red Wanting Blue, formed in 1996 in Athens, Ohio, is comprised of Scott Terry on lead vocals, tenor guitar, and ukulele; Mark McCullough on bass, chapman stick, and vocals; Greg Rahm on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Eric Hall on guitar, lap steel, and vocals; and Dean Anshutz on drums and percussion. Together the five musicians have forged a creative path that grows and expands with each successive recording.

By gradually morphing from self-sufficient, independent outfit to skirting the mainstream without losing underground cred, Red Wanting Blue earned the right to enjoy the benefits of longevity. The band’s music followed suit. Take melodic heartland rock ‘n’ roll sprinkled with dashes of down-home Americana and dip it in the modern, metropolitan rock world. Then add muscle, from a robust rhythm section to the full-throttle vocals of frontman Scott Terry. The results are truly a music industry story worth telling.

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Chicago Farmer & The Fieldnotes

Folk / Country Rock

The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow midwesterner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. “Chicago Farmer has his finger on the modern Roots pulse with a display of gritty Country Rock and Folk from the gut amid a Folksingers mesh of lyrical humor and problems with a groove.” - The Alternate Root

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Abbie Thomas & The Crazy Hearts

Pop / Singer-Songwriter

Fresh off of her 2023 JMA Artist of the Year award at The Grand Ole Opry, Abbie Thomas is a rising singer songwriter who is gaining international attention and nominations for live performances, lyricism and visual content. Mixing genre-bending arrangements with soulful vocals and hints of Blues, Jazz, and a vibe from the songwriters of the ‘70s, she is currently touring regionally; most recently opening for Clint Black, Laine Hardy, and Girl Named Tom.

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Christina Eltrevoog


The seeds of spiritual songs, folk, and classical music planted in Christina’s early years have grown to feed the souls of listeners throughout the US. Living part time in Illinois, part time in Oregon, and part time on the road in a 1997 Safari Trek, Christina is a collector of beauty found in human stories and the natural world, pouring it back into the hearts of those who thirst.

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Reilly Downes


Reilly Downes is the Sad Cowgirl of Chicago. An Americana artist hailing from the Texas Hill country, she cut her teeth as a session musician in Nashville, singing behind some of Americana’s favorite singer/songwriters. Reilly’s music has been described as “easy on the ears, but hard on the heart” by Music Mecca in Nashville. Her songs divert from typical contemporary country and draw on her Texas roots with a sound that "cuts across each track like a rattlesnake, adding some extra honesty and grit.”

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