“Grassroots promo gives us a huge advantage over the majors,” says McGlasson. “They don’t see gaining one fan at a time as a legitimate business model, whereas we do. Also, I wanted to be as diverse as possible, and build a fan base for the label along with the artists. I think it’s our focus on musicians—and music oriented toward them—that will give us long-term credibility.”
Guitarists Lee Fehr and Ken Thornton move fluidly between King Crimson-esque prog, and dark and moody ambient music.
Andreas Kapsalis Trio Andreas Kapsalis Trio
Kapsalis employs an “eight-fingered,” all-tapping style that drives this acoustic world-jazz-fusion trio.
Backyard Tire Fire Skin and Bones
Full-frontal blues-rock with a Southern edge, led by Eric Anderson’s visceral, Neil Young-like garage-rock tone.
Balance II Balance II
Guitarist Brian Moritz leads a prog-pop ensemble that features former Dixie Dregs Rod Morgenstein (drums) and Dave LaRue (bass).
Curtis Blue Electric Cool
Curtis Fornadley—whose debt to Jeff Beck and Eric Johnson is readily apparent—offers up a blues-jazz-rock hybrid.
Sons of Science Thrust
O.I.E. founder McGlasson’s project specializes in progressive metal, but can just as adeptly handle a hyper-fueled take on Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
John Blakeley & Ron Nagle Tan Mantis
Blakeley’s reverb-soaked surf guitar merges with Nagle’s smooth-jazz keyboard arrangements on this easy listening outing.
Isaiah Sharkey Skyliner
Sixteen-year-old jazz guitarist Sharkey goes to town on nine George Benson-ish takes on lightly funky jazz.