Rod Abernethy is the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of American Songwriter’s Bob Dylan Song Contest. His double album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached No.9 in June 2018 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ Chart. He has also been a featured showcase artist at many Folk Alliance International Conferences around the country. He’s a unique blend of authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.
Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording River Coffee won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from Acoustic Guitar magazine and music from the recording has been published in Japan’s Acoustic Guitar magazine and Mel Bay’s Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3 (2005). His subsequent recordings Indigo (2008) and Sphere: the Music ofThelonious Monk (2011) offer compelling portraits of classic jazz standards performed on solo electric archtop guitar. Sphere was named one of Acoustic Guitar magazine’s “Essential Albums of 2011”, and Sean was recently featured on the cover of Fingerstyle 360 magazine (Summer 2012). His most recent solo guitar recordings include Thanksgiving & Christmas Tidings (2014) a collection of seasonal hymns and carols arranged for acoustic guitar, and My Fair Lady (2015) a collection of songs from Lerner & Loewe’s masterpiece.