Blue-Ridge-born songstress Alexa Rose was handed a guitar at age 13 and hasn't put it down since. She spent her formative years crafting original music in southwest Virginia, releasing her debut album at 19. Her music possesses a certain boot-tapping mountain magic, and "all the plaintive yodels and delicate-yet-smart lyrics to satisfy the folk obsessed among us (Auntie Bellum Magazine)."
Rose has been writing songs for nearly a decade now, but only recently became vagabond, playing hundreds of shows in the last year and sharing the stage with artists like Jessica Lea Mayfield and The Ragbirds. You can often catch her sporting her dusty Frye boots in some southern lagoon, or on the regional radio stations that spin her latest full-length release, "Low and Lonesome." Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to her heritage, and its anthem-like chorus haunts the listener like the feeling on the morning after a bout with a strong whiskey with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch.
THE DHARMA BOMBS
The Dharma Bombs formed in the heart of the Commonwealth with the intent to spread Appalachian music with a heaping side of Dixieland. We are a folk band equipped with a full horn section, lyrical swing, and a yearning to stir the dust off the dance floor. With diverse backgrounds from the swampy sounds of Baton Rouge to the crooning twang of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dharma Bombs is a confluence between folk music born on the street corners and ridge lines of the South. Hoot and holler, stomp and clap, twang and sang with the rowdy Dharma Bombs as they spread their special brand of authentic Appalachian Dixieland.