MAD. SQ. MUSIC: STUDIO SERIES
Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers
Nora Jane Struthers calls her music “Classic Americana.” The singer-songwriter’s self-titled solo album was a revelation to roots music fans: overflowing with affecting, literate original compositions and featuring a complement of top Nashville players, it announced the debut of a major new talent. Struthers performs her material with a voice as pretty and homespun as the vintage dresses she favors on stage. The 27-year-old vocalist has formulated a unique fusion of traditional styles: “It’s not really bluegrass, it’s not really old time, it’s not folk – it’s all of these things,” Struthers says.
Jean Rohe Trio
The Jean Rohe Trio brings an exciting blend of original compositions and fresh arrangements of songs from North and South America, which explore the intersections of jazz, North American folk music, Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian dance traditions. Jean’s beautiful voice and captivating stage presence have landed her everywhere from New York City’s Birdland to Havana’s Teatro National. Her trio features three-part-harmony singing and the talented Ilusha Tsinadze on guitar, Skye Steele on violins, and Jean on mandolin and a cornucopia of Latin American percussion instruments.