Anthony Caserta is an all American patriotic boy from a small rural oil worker-built town called Trainer Pennsylvania. Born in 1995, Caserta first attained great aspiration for the man in black at the early age of 7. Hypnotized by the music and Cash’s powerful messages, Caserta started Boy in Black in 2007 and has since been captivating audiences all over with charisma so genuine and humble that it proves him beyond his years. Caserta puts on an extremely accurate and authentic Johnny Cash show covering Cash's early career at sun records to his Prison concert era of the late 1960s, and his American Recording sessions with Rick Rubin of the 90s. Caserta also writes and performs his own original music, inspired by the likes of Johnny Cash, Mike Ness, Bruce Springsteen and many more artists of the 20th century. Learn more at boyinblack.com.
Nashville recording artist Buck Ford focuses on keeping that authentic country sound mixed in with his modern style edginess. Bucks influences consist of George Strait, Haggard, Mark Chesnutt, Daryle Singletary, Keith Whiteley, just to name a few. Buck and his band pride themselves on the fact that their performances “bring back to life” that authentic country sound with an edgy modern new flavor. Buck and his hometown band have been successfully playing for over a decade now and Buck has five Nashville records under his belt. Buck has performed from major stage concert venues to fairs, festivals, rodeos, clubs, private events, weddings, and corporate events. Buck exudes the charisma that audiences, both young and old, appreciate and relate well to; people seem to like Buck for his authenticity to the country sound and his ability to get out and party with any audience/stage that’s thrown in front of him. Learn more at buckford.com.
Hannah Jane Kile
Hannah Jane Kile’s blend of folk, jazz, classical and pop is delivered through a number of different vehicles: as a member of the highly acclaimed folk trio Dear Darling; as vocalist/instrumentalist with the seven-piece ensemble Solabel; and as a solo artist with four self-penned albums.
The daughter of a jazz musician raised by grandparents until age seven, hers was a childhood filled with intergenerational musical influences that ranged from Grand Ole Opry stalwarts Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton to jazz icons Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Finding refuge in musical theatre during her teenage years, Kile insists, taught her the importance of being “a musical chameleon” if she was to survive in her chosen field.
Recognized for more than her considerable vocal skills, Hannah Jane Kile’s proficiency as an acoustic and electric guitarist has been lauded by both peers and critics who have often called her “a player who sings, rather than a singer who plays.” Follow that up with classical voice training and an enduring infatuation with the music of Steven Sondheim, and you have the genre-defying voice that is Hannah Jane Kile. Learn more at hannahjanekile.com.
With northern California roots, singer-songwriter Jessica Malone blends soulful lyrics with an organic sound that seems to illuminate the landscape itself. Her sometimes smooth, sometimes gritty, always captivating vocals accompanied by deeply rooted rich upright bass, heavenly harmony, and soaring violin melodies will guide you across terrain of rootsy folk and Americana. This award-winning songstress has played a multitude of festivals including Napa Earth, Davis Music, and BottleRock. She has performed on stages as prominent as the Harris Center Three Stages and the Mondavi Center, and opened for the likes of John Paul White, Arlo Guthrie, Joe Craven and The Sometimers, and Front Country. Her tone best described as a blend of Nicki Bluhm, Joni Mitchell, and a magic all her own. Learn more at jessicamalonemusic.com.
Kevin Marcy, a California native, was born into a musical family. Much of Kevin’s influences were passed to him by family members who were audiophiles – something that shows in his music with flavors of blues, country, and that of a singer songwriter. In college Kevin started playing music with his brothers -- eventually leading to the formation of the Marcy Brothers band. They secured two major label record deals with Warner Brothers Records and Atlantic Records, yielding a top 40 song with Cotton Pickin’ Time and three #1 videos -- each remaining at #1 for 10 weeks. During their time with Atlantic records, the Marcy Brothers recorded Achy Breaky Heart (before Billy Ray Cyrus did). Thereafter, Kevin focused on his songwriting. He went on to write for three major publishing companies in Nashville, resulting in a body of work comprising of hundreds of songs, several of which have been cut by various artists. Kevin’s influences run from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash to Buddy Holly, and James Taylor, with some additional influence from Texas Blues.
Todd Morgan has been fronting his band, "Todd Morgan & the Emblems" and performing solo shows for more than 10 years in the Sacramento area and throughout California and Nevada. He has toured the southern portion of the U.S. as a solo artist and traveled into Canada and the northern United States as well. Todd’s wizardry on the piano, his amazing guitar playing, his mastery of the drums, not to mention his ability to write and arrange music, together with his fabulous vocals make him more than a triple threat. In addition to all this, his on-stage charisma and dancing ability have delighted audiences of all ages. He continues to tantalize and impress audiences as he comes up with new ways to satisfy their entertainment desires with his own brand of Pop, Rock, Soul, early Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Funk, Country, and even Jazz and Swing. Learn more at toddmorganmusic.com
Graham Sobelman is a music director, pianist, and composer residing in Northern California. His music direction credits include Forbidden Broadway, I Love You, You’re Perfect, ...Now Change (Broadway Sacramento); Passion, Tell Me On A Sunday, Little Fish, Celebration, It’s Only Life, tick, tick…BOOM!, They’re Playing Our Song, [title of show] (New Helvetia Theatre); Tell Me On A Sunday (Ensemble Theatre Company), Ruthless, A Christmas Carol (Sacramento Theatre Company); Mr. Burns, Pippin, Flora The Red Menace, & The Who’s Tommy (UC Davis); John & Jen (Hillbarn Theatre); A New Brain (Cosumnes River College); Hair, The Who's Tommy (Folsom Lake College). Graham has also worked with children’s programs at Music Circus since 2000. He enjoys accompanying master classes and has had the honor of playing for Jonathan Groff, Sutton Foster, Megan Hilty, Laura Bell Bundy & many others. As a composer, Graham has written Love Is Eternal (a song-cycle with British lyricist David Kent), a trio of choral pieces with lyricist Omari Tau & various other art songs. Learn more at grahamsobelman.com
Billy J Walsh
Billy J Walsh performs acoustic originals and personal favorites. He has a wide range of sounds influenced by everything from the early country-rock scene, to jazz fusion, to today's indie-folk genre. Billy toured extensively on the west coast with the popular band, "The Rangers." In addition to headlining shows, The Rangers opened up for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Trisha Yearwood, Poco, Leanne Womack, Wynona Judd, Merle Haggard, and others.