“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 FireSkin and Bones
Full-frontal blues-rock with a Southern edge, led by Eric Anderson’s visceral, Neil Young-like garage-rock tone.
Balance IIBalance II
Guitarist Brian Moritz leads a prog-pop ensemble that features former Dixie Dregs Rod Morgenstein (drums) and Dave LaRue (bass).
CurtisBlue Electric Cool
Curtis Fornadley—whose debt to Jeff Beck and Eric Johnson is readily apparent—offers up a blues-jazz-rock hybrid.
Sons of ScienceThrust
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 NagleTan 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.