"MOONFLOWER" Lily B Moonflower tells you who she is upon her debut album release!

I met Lily B Moonflower when she entered our JHMF Songwriters Challenge. Not long after receiving her entry I learned that Lily would be on my panel of songwriters for Story Songs with Ernie, at the Pickin' On Picknick fest in Cuba, MO. several weeks after JHMF 9. So conversation happened and Lily was added to our JHMF Emcee Crew. Lily is a dynamic young songwriter, artist, wood worker, pet adoption advocate from Lawrence KS. Friday, Feb, 12., Lily will release her first official album, "Moonflower", on Lost Cowgirl Records. This complete album consists of 10 original "folk-n-roll with a twang" songs performed with Lily's fresh and smooth voice. She sounds like herself. LIly is accompanied by some of the best musicians that KC/Lawrence has to offer,and that's saying a lot!  Click here to read the full interview and learn all about JHMF Family member, Lily B Moonflower. In the meantime, here's an official video, Midnight Song, from Lily B Moonflower's "Moonflower". 

"Just Over The Ridge" New EP from Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears

Former JHMF Songwriter's Challenge Finalist (2015) and JHMF performer with Free The Honey, Lizzy Plotkin, (right) with fellow JHFM performer (2018) and duet partner, Natalie Spears, (left)

Former JHMF Songwriter's Challenge Finalist (2015) and JHMF performer with Free The Honey, Lizzy Plotkin, (right) with fellow JHFM performer (2018) and duet partner, Natalie Spears, (left)

Tonight, live streamed show at Steve's Guitars at 7:30 PM MST:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW6EHOexxNw

I first met Lizzy Plotkin at the 5th John Hartford Memorial Festival, 2015 Songwriter’s Showcase. Lizzy placed 2nd with her song “Crooked Child” and performed with Free the Honey. At JHMF8, in 2018, Lizzy and Natalie Spears performed as a duet and introduced us to a fresh and original approach to Americana/Roots music. Now, two and a half years later, both Natalie and Lizzy are as concentrated as ever as musical soul-mates, performing artists and instructors. These two have combined their gifts to release a debut EP, “Just Over the Ridge”. This tastefully mastered recording gives us 6 original songs, beautifully performed. They are joined by Courtney Hartman( Della Mae) on tracks 3 and 6. This album is rich! Their marriage of vocals and strings flows steadily and gently from one tune to the next. Just who are Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears? Click here to read the entire interview.

Lizzy grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, as her mother would say, "Learning music in utero". Her father, Stephen Plotkin, who grew up in Pittsburg, PA moved to Nashville to be a professional musician in 1978, after his time at Berklee College of Music during the advent of the jazz strings program. He quickly landed a job touring with the Stella Parton band and making a go of it in the hay-day of Nashville's Country music scene. Stephen passed on after battling cancer when Lizzy was two. At age four, Lizzy asked to take lessons and her mother enrolled her in a Suzuki class. Lizzy says she has not put the fiddle down since. Lizzy Plotkin’s place-based songwriting and fiddling is as exuberant as is it graceful. With reverence for the natural world and a humble, yet wise human perspective, Lizzy shares with listeners her joy and connection through original story, melody and voice. Read Lizzy’s complete bio at https://lizzyplotkin.com/bio/    

“Born and raised in the heart of Washington DC, Spears took after her father, a Jazz and Classical pianist, and began playing piano at age five. By fifth grade she was schlepping her upright bass on the school bus, playing saxophone in her school band, and taking drum lessons. Music fell by the wayside after high school but in her early 20’s, Spears stumbled upon American Roots music. While playing bass in an Old-Time string band, she became enamored by the driving rhythm of the clawhammer banjo, and since then, has dedicated herself to learning the instrument and its history. Her past projects include the Carbondale based band, Pearl & Wood. The band released their debut EP, Pearl & Wood, back in the summer of 2019. As a multi-instrumentalist, Spears also plays with a variety of bands spanning a range of genres. She has toured throughout the United States and has performed at the John Hartford Memorial Festival (Bean Blossom, IN), Blackpot Festival (Lafayette, LA), and Mountain Fair (Carbondale, CO) to name a few. Spears has also shared the stage with seasoned musicians like Peter Yarrow, Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon, Red Molly, Martha Scanlan, The Railsplitters, and many more.” Read more about Natalie at  http://nataliespears.com/welcome

To read the entire article and interview with Lizzy and Natalie, click here.