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Leon Majcen is a musician whose story is one of resilience and determination. He grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the son of Bosnian war refugees who had fled their homeland in search of a better life for their children. From a young age, Leon was drawn to the power of storytelling through music, particularly the work of artists like Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Guy Clark.
Leon began playing in local bars while still in high school, honing his craft and building a loyal following. After graduating, he decided to pursue his passion for music in New York City, while attending college at New York University and playing shows around town. After a while, Leon came to the realization that the hustle and bustle of the city wasn't where his heart was at.
He returned home to Florida and took a job at a commercial fishing dock, filleting and packing fish while he planned his next move. And that move was to Nashville, where Leon hoped to make his mark as a singer-songwriter. Since arriving in Nashville, Leon has continued to develop his unique blend of Americana, folk, and country music, drawing on his experiences and his love of the outdoors to craft songs that are both poignant and powerful. With his heartfelt lyrics, soulful voice, and deft guitar work, Leon has built a strong following in Music City and beyond.
He is currently set to release three new singles starting on June 2nd, leading up to a full-length album in the Fall, as well as embark on a tour across the United States, playing shows and searching for the next great fishing spot along the way.
Bryan Elijah Smith is an international award winning american singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist producer based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Having opened for artists such as Jim Lauderdale, Ryan Montbleau, Sierra Ferrell, Joe Pug, Old Crow Medicine Show and Trampled by Turtles, Smith's innate songwriting ability and haunting voice leave you wtih a sense of timeless nostalgia. With nearly 2,000 songs penned and 12 independent releases since 2009, Smith is creating a self-produced legacy that began with his first song at the age of 18. Aside from touring the United States for well over a decade, Smith has also toured internationally in both Australia and Honduras.
Crossing a wide array of genres, what gets produced has been compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Ray LaMontagne, Colter Wall, Shakey Graves and Gregory Alan Isakov. Smith won 2nd place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2019 where the title track to his Album, 'In Through The Dark,' was 1 of 12 songs chosen out of 1,000 national entries. Smith has been a CASC finalist 2 years in a row (past finalists include Gillian Welch and Lera Lynn). 'In Through The Dark' won 1st place in the 'Unsigned Only' 2019 International songwriting contest where there were 6,000 entries from over 100 countries. Judges included Aimee Mann, Robert Smith of The Cure, Garth Hudon from The Band, and many more. 'In Through The Dark' also appears in a new Netflix series called 'Virgin River,' which premiered December 2019. Subsequently, the song was a 2020 Independent Music Awards nominee in the 'Used in Film/ TV' category.
Smith's latest album, Apocalyptic Blues, was released July 3rd 2021 on all streaming platforms and voted #34 on WNRN's "Top 100 albums of 2021." Smith's latest singles 'One Shot,' released on May 26, 2023, and 'Colt 45,' released on August 4, 2023, are featured on Spotify's 'Morning Blues' editorial playlist. 'Colt 45' features Brad Barr from the Barr Brothers on electric slide guitar.