Winner’s of the New England Music Award’s “2017 Roots Act of the Year,” Town Meeting is an Americana folk band from the Boston area. 2019 saw Town Meeting cross the One Million streams threshold on Spotify, along with playing Festivals like Levitate Flannel Jam (Portland, ME) and The Underwater Sunshine Fest (NY, NY) put on by Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. Town Meeting has had the privilege of warming up crowds for renowned artists such as Bob Dylan, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Nelson, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, Third Eye Blind, Lettuce, The Dustbowl Revival, and many more. The band is currently working on their second record recorded by Daniel Cardinal (Lakestreet Dive, Josh Ritter, Darlingside, Ballroom Theives) at Dimension Sound Studios
Gentle Temper is a new-age folk duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Ryan Meier and Marion Earley began their journey as a duo in the fall of 2016 and molded their sound into what Deli Magazine called “harmony-laced smokey folk” (1). They have toured the northeastern U.S. extensively over the last three years, opening for nationally touring bands the Ballroom Thieves, the Western Den, Honeysuckle, Bombadil, the Family Crest, LOLO, Town Meeting, and Julie Rhodes. The duo have played in support of numerous charitable organizations including Relay for Life, Chikombuso Women & Orphans Foundation, the Beauhawks Foundation, the ACLU, and the Animal Refuge League of Portland.
When you think of trendy musical scenes, Portland, Maine might not be first on your list. Yet the homespun, heartwarming music of family-oriented indie folk group GoldenOak provides evidence that the dense woods of the Pine Tree State might just be a better muse than the slick streets of New York and LA.
GoldenOak is driven by the songwriting and harmonies of the brother-sister duo Zak and Lena Kendall. After a bit of a recording hiatus and a shift in personnel, the group is back with an enchanting pair of songs. “River” and “Poet And The Painter” find this collective simultaneously building on previous strengths while also striking out in an interesting new direction.
That music scene has thrown its arms around GoldenOak, and, in return, the band is helping to draw more attention to it with these excellent new songs. “The Portland music scene is so friendly and welcoming,” Zak says. “I think, unfortunately, a lot of music scenes get competitive by nature. But that’s something you just don’t find in Portland. There’s just a lot of fantastic people involved in it that kind of have that ‘Mainer’ attitude to help each other out and support each other.”