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William Matheny, Hello June, and John R. Miller

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Somewhere sonically between Springsteen, Browne, and Ike Reilly, sits Americana storyteller William Matheny. His take on classic, soulful country, melding it seamlessly with alt, pop and more, is never exactly what is seems. It’s subtle and straightforward at the same time, literary and forward thinking Americana steeped in actual emotion - there’s nothing manufactured about it, as tends to be the case within this particular subgenre. It’s an easy listen that never shies away from discussing uneasy topics. The fact that it’s as listenable as it easy points directly to Matheny’s ability to capture more than just sounds of the past, but the feeling that brought this sound to the forefront all those years ago.

Hello June formed in the hills of Morgantown, WV after core members Sarah Rudy (guitar/vocals) and Whit Alexander (drums) met as tenants of a particularly communal apartment building. Their debut six-song EP, Spruce, fittingly unfolds as if an expression of self-discovery, where languid reflection is never as far from catharsis as it seems. NPR featured their
single "Dance" on Heavy Rotation and hailed the Spruce EP for its mix of driving, indomitable hooks and ethereal, sustained tones, noting its, "blend of bright, blissful rock that shimmers, even throughout its darker moments." In January 2018, Hello June was featured in NPR Music's first ever Slingshot class, a program where NPR-affiliated stations nominate exceptional emerging bands.

John R. Miller grew up in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, where the mountains meet Interstate 81. A co-founding member and songwriter for well-traveled bands The Fox Hunt and Prison Book Club, he has performed his songs across the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Japan, and Europe. He has made several appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, has been a featured songwriter and performer on the Travelin' Appalachians Revue, and his song “Coming Down” was performed by Kentucky artist Tyler Childers on his album Live at Red Barn I & II. He quietly self-released a solo album Service Engine in 2014, and his most recent full-band effort, The Trouble You Follow, was released in 2018 via Lexington, KY
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