Americana singer-songwriter Brian Johanson has played throughout Colorado since 2005 with his former Americana band “Glove Trucker” out of Fort Collins. More recently he has been performing solo shows, playing with and opening for the Matt Skinner Band, John Paul Hodge and No Fences, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker. Brian played on the Songwriter’s stage at Bohemian Nights at New West Fest at the Songwriter’s stage.
Massachusetts native Aaron McCloskey first picked up the guitar in college and has rarely put it down since. He began studying jazz, blues, and folk music, but quickly discovered his passion for bluegrass. Aaron graduated from the commercial music program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where he honed his bluegrass chops with Joe Carr and Alan Munde.
Aaron maintains a busy schedule playing with “aka Laser Bunny”, “The Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Band”, “Steve Itterly”, “Western Skyline”, “Safe Boating is No Accident”, and “Woodbelly” as well as solo and duo shows. He was featured in the May 2010 issue of “Flatpicking Guitar Magazine” for his work with “Steve Smith and Hard Road”. Aaron lives in Berthoud, Colorado where he can be found hiking, fly-fishing, and teaching guitar at the Swallow Hill Music School in Denver.
Steve Itterly is a Colorado-based singer-songwriter who draws from a deep well of American musical traditions to create distinctively personal music that is timeless without being overly nostalgic.
Hailing from New York, Steve ventured to Boston, Massachusetts, after college where he studied country blues and ragtime guitar with local greats Paul Rishell and Racky Thomas. It wasn’t until he moved to Colorado where he honed his skills and began writing songs of his own, pulling from genres such as country blues, early jazz, western swing, folk, and ragtime.
Steve’s musical journey began in his early teens when his father and brother introduced him to Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and more. He was immediately drawn to the fingerpicking style of Jimmy Page’s “Bron-Yr-Aur” and spent hours with his ear pressed to the record player trying to learn each note. Digging deeper into the roots of this guitar style, Steve began listening to early blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, etc., and he has been hooked ever since.
Blues • Americana
Singer-songwriter Clay Rose is the frontman for Gasoline Lollipops – winner of Denver Westword’s 2016 award for Best Country Artist – is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the rebelliousness of punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.
Clay has been honored to open for some phenomenal national acts recently, including Lucero; Todd Snider & The Hard Working Americans; the Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Earl Keen; Junior Brown and Dale Watson.
folk • punk • alt country • singer-songwriter