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DIRK POWELL


BIO: Dirk Powell combines deep-running roots in rural American tradition with an overarching artistic vision that speaks poignantly to the audiences of today. From learning banjo and fiddle at the feet of his grandfather in Kentucky, through founding the Louisiana Cajun group Balfa Toujours, to extensive recording and film work with such artists as Jack White, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, Anthony Minghella, Loretta Lynn, and Spike Lee, Dirk has arrived at a place all his own - one where tradition, inspiration, and innovation meet without borders.

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Top Music Producers Organize GET OUT THE VOTE CONCERT Photo Top Music Producers Organize GET OUT THE VOTE CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2020

A coalition of the nation's top arts presenters have joined forces to create a 6 hour “People's Benefit Concert” to spur Get Out The Vote action in all fifty states.  On Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, The 50-50 ALL SOULS TO THE POLLS concert will be presented on multiple virtual online...
Dirk Powell Returns With 'When I Wait For You' Photo Dirk Powell Returns With 'When I Wait For You'
by BWW News Desk - September 04, 2020

Renowned producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and sideman Dirk Powell is releasing his first album on Compass Records today. WHEN I WAIT FOR YOU, included in NPR New Music Friday's “New and Notable” releases today, confirms why Powell has achieved near legendary status in the international ro...
Two Bird Stone Shares New Single “If You Wanna Come Back” Photo Two Bird Stone Shares New Single “If You Wanna Come Back”
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2020

Two Bird Stone is a dynamic new band founded by singer/songwriter Liam Thomas Bailey and featuring some of Nashville's and New York's finest musicians. The band formed in 2019 and will release their debut album, Hands & Knees, on September 11th via Soundly Music....
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Fourth Round of 2019 Lineup Photo Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Fourth Round of 2019 Lineup
by TV News Desk - August 15, 2019

For the fourth straight week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has announced ten more artists for their 2019 festival which takes place in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on October 4-6. As with past lineup reveals, fans were treated to a sneak-peek audio clip of the soon-to-be-announced artists on HSB's ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Third Round Of 2019 Lineup Photo Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Third Round Of 2019 Lineup
by TV News Desk - August 08, 2019

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass keeps the lineup announcements rolling this week. Through their traditional “artist medley” teases, fans were treated to a sneak-peek audio clip of unannounced artists on HSB's social media accounts earlier in the week. Today, HSB revealed ten new artists who will join the ...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Second Round Of Lineup For 2019 Photo Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Second Round Of Lineup For 2019
by BWW News Desk - August 01, 2019

Celebrating its 19th year in 2019, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass will return to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on October 4-6. The festival, founded by Warren Hellman in 2001 as a musical gift to the people of San Francisco and the world, celebrates American “roots” music and its many outgrowths. Eac...
Sixthman Announces Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples To Headline Music Festival At Sea Photo Sixthman Announces Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples To Headline Music Festival At Sea
by BWW News Desk - June 11, 2019

Coming off an incredible sold out 12th year of Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, this floating music festival at sea continues to innovate with a diverse lineup. Music legends Tweedy of Wilco and Mavis Staples will be joined by Rodney Crowell, Soggy Bottom Boys, Anderson East, Lake Street Dive, Buddy ...
MerleFest Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Finalists Photo MerleFest Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Finalists
by TV News Desk - April 01, 2019

From its first incarnation in 1993, MerleFest's annual Chris Austin Songwriting Competition has seen the likes of Gillian Welch, Tift Merritt, and Martha Scanlan rise to the top of an always competitive field of up-and-coming songwriters. Legendary songwriters have presided over the competition from...
MerleFest Announces Late Night Jam Lineup Photo MerleFest Announces Late Night Jam Lineup
by TV News Desk - March 18, 2019

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the 2019 lineup for their beloved Late Night Jam.  Sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation and hosted by Chatham County Line, this year's Late Night Jam will feature Molly Tuttle, Jim Lauderdale, The Brother Brothers, Donna the Buffalo, Presley...
MerleFest Adds Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, and More Photo MerleFest Adds Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, and More
by TV News Desk - February 11, 2019

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: Amos Lee, The Milk Carton Kids, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Del McCoury Band, The Casey Kristofferson Band, and David Holt. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wil...
Acclaimed Guitarist David Grier Readies WAYS OF THE WORLD For 3/29 Release Photo Acclaimed Guitarist David Grier Readies WAYS OF THE WORLD For 3/29 Release
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2019

David Grier is pleased to announce his newfull-length album, Ways Of The World, due for release on March 29, 2019. Hosted on Grier's label, Dreadnought Recordings, and co-produced with Brent Truitt (The SteelDrivers), the project unveils ten original songs penned by Grier as well as two century-old ...
Tim O'Brien Readies 'Tim O'Brien Band' For 3/15 Release Photo Tim O'Brien Readies 'Tim O'Brien Band' For 3/15 Release
by BWW News Desk - January 16, 2019

Tim O'Brien recently announced a headlong leap back into traditional bluegrass with his new full-length album, Tim O'Brien Band. Due for release on March 15, 2019, Tim O'Brien Band, the title a sly nod to traditional music's often eponymous band names, is a collection of not just old-school leaning ...
The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell Added to MerleFest 2019 Photo The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell Added to MerleFest 2019
by TV News Desk - January 14, 2019

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothill...
MerleFest Adds Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers to Lineup Photo MerleFest Adds Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers to Lineup
by TV News Desk - December 10, 2018

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Dailey & Vincent, and The Brother Brothers. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the fo...
MerleFest 2019 Announces Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam Photo MerleFest 2019 Announces Initial Lineup and Late Night Jam
by TV News Desk - November 13, 2018

MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2019, which will be held April 25-28. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Moun...
Martha Scanlan to Release New Album, 'The River and the Light' Photo Martha Scanlan to Release New Album, 'The River and the Light'
by TV News Desk - October 18, 2018

Montana-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Martha Scanlan is set to release her fourth album, The River and The Light, on October 19, 2018 via Rock Ridge Music.  Full of moments of profound intimacy and belonging, the album hosts some of the finest writing yet from the award-winning Scanlan. Pro...
Kyle Carey 'For Your Journey feat. Rhiannon Giddens Premieres at PopMatters Photo Kyle Carey 'For Your Journey feat. Rhiannon Giddens Premieres at PopMatters
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2018

World Music Network's Riverboat Records is happy to announce that album standout Four Your Journey from the forthcoming Kyle Carey LP The Art of Forgetting (out 1.26.18) has premiered at PopMatters...
Irish Arts Center Announces Spring 2018 Season Photo Irish Arts Center Announces Spring 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - December 14, 2017

Irish Arts Center Announces Spring 2018 Season...