Enter to Win 2 Season Tickets to the 2018 Valhalla Festival
Season tickets include up to 6 shows in the schedule.
Loud As Folk is a songwriters showcase with a focus on highlighting emerging artists taking distinct approaches to all genres of American roots music. Loud As Folk was founded by Spike McGuire in 2011 as a monthly songwriters series in his hometown Reno, NV. Over the last 8 years the showcase has cemented itself as a hub of the west coast music circuit by hosting acts from around the world. Joining host Spike McGuire in the Valhalla revue will be: The Sam Chase (named Best Songwriter by SF Bay Guardian), Jesse & Jenni Dunn (from Dead Winter Carpenters), Buffalo Moses (from Buster Blue), and Rachbot (from Failure Machine).
The Sam Chase hails from San Francisco, CA. Sam’s performances range from hard rockin’ drinking songs to sensitive ballads that tackle the inner workings of the human condition. He has released 3 albums with his band, The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, and has performed at Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, and many clubs and theaters across the West Coast.
Crossing paths for the first time at a music festival in the Northern California hills, Jenni (fiddle/vocals) and Jesse Dunn (guitar/vocals) set off on a musical journey that has spanned nearly a decade. Intertwining elements of folk, classic country, bluegrass and rock, the duo performs diverse sets that are both engaging and endearing. Their songwriting and vocal harmonies bend the ear and settle within the soul. The duo helped spawn North Lake Tahoe based 5-piece bluegrass rockers Dead Winter Carpenters who Jenni and Jesse continue to record and tour nationally with today.
The narrative storytelling in folk singer-songwriter Bryan Jones’ music brings to life an eclectic cast of characters only an inspired mind could conjure up. But Jones’ talent doesn’t end with the pen—his strong, bare vocal abilities are one to be reckoned with and have taken him across Europe and throughout the United Stats. Much like the early country legends, Jones’ would spill his blood if it gave life to a song.
Multi-instrumentalist Rachael McElhiney burst on to the folk scene with her band Buster Blue, garnering attention from Billboard as well as a coveted invitation to record a Daytrotter Session. When McElhiney isn’t tirelessly touring the west coast with her current trio Failure Machine, she performs solo as Rachbot. Whether singing a cappella or over the stark accompaniment of ukulele and baritone saxophone, Rachbot’s soulful voice takes command of any stage as she weaves stories of life, love, and lessons learned from her grandfather.
Spike McGuire is an internationally touring songwriter endorsed by GraphTech Guitar Labs. He has spent the last decade drawing parallels between the ethos of punk rock and the spirit of folk music by building community and engaging listeners with his message. He doesn’t claim to have t
he answers, but he has dedicated himself to traveling the world, asking the questions, and starting the conversations. On the rich spectrum of folk music, Spike resides decidedly closer to Pete Seeger than Peter, Paul, and Mary.