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Playlist: Women of Roots Music

Compiled By: Live From The Divide

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Traverse the history of folk and roots music through the voices of some of the leading women in the genre. Recorded in front of a live studio audience at Live From the Divide in Bozeman, MT.

Live from the Divide - Holly Williams

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:54

Continuing the family legacy, with a sound all her own, Holly Williams visits Live from the Divide.

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Live from the Divide - Bonnie Bishop - EP 505

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:14

Bonnie Bishop:
After a long career of touring and performing bar gigs, Bishop took a break back home in Texas. She went to graduate school for creative writing as a way to refresh herself after many years on the road. While studying for her Masters degree, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) called her after hearing some demos. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music, Bonnie is singing about stepping away from your past, redefining your present and gearing up to chase down a better, brighter future ...

14516588_1863419287224070_6328442236315149048_n_small Bonnie Bishop: After a long career of touring and performing bar gigs, Bishop took a break back home in Texas. She went to graduate school for creative writing as a way to refresh herself after many years on the road. While studying for her Masters degree, award-winning producer David Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson) called her after hearing some demos. Convinced Bishop should be singing soul music, Bonnie is singing about stepping away from your past, redefining your present and gearing up to chase down a better, brighter future ...

Live from the Divide - Michaela Anne

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 54:54

While traveling the Americana circuit, Michaela Anne stops by Live from the Divide in Bozeman MT.

Mcr_2_small While traveling the Americana circuit, Michaela Anne stops by Live from the Divide in Bozeman MT.

Live from the Divide - Kelsey Waldon -EP 607

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:41

​When Kelsey Waldon picked up the guitar at13, she never looked back
when I started playing and writing music.
It was something that finally made everything make sense,
and it was a very essential and healthy thing for me
during my younger years, and still
Over the past eight years, Kelsey Waldon’s life has changed drastically. Since
moving to Nashville, she’s found her place in a lush, supportive, and versatile artist
community. She’s released two albums, played with some of music’s biggest names, and toured nationally. She made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry at the
hallowed Ryman Auditorium, and she’s already been bestowed with one of Nashville’s
highest honors: playing the historic Station Inn,, Waldon
remains humbled by her success. “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my
favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding,
“You never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time… all the while
still writing my own story and hopefully becoming an entity in my own right.” If one
thing is set in stone with Kelsey Waldon, it’s that she does have a way — and it’s straight up from here.

20729639_1378734048911257_7632719469929743688_n_small ​When Kelsey Waldon picked up the guitar at13, she never looked back when I started playing and writing music. It was something that finally made everything make sense, and it was a very essential and healthy thing for me during my younger years, and still Over the past eight years, Kelsey Waldon’s life has changed drastically. Since moving to Nashville, she’s found her place in a lush, supportive, and versatile artist community. She’s released two albums, played with some of music’s biggest names, and toured nationally. She made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium, and she’s already been bestowed with one of Nashville’s highest honors: playing the historic Station Inn,, Waldon remains humbled by her success. “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding, “You never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time… all the while still writing my own story and hopefully becoming an entity in my own right.” If one thing is set in stone with Kelsey Waldon, it’s that she does have a way — and it’s straight up from here.

Live from the Divide -Sunny Sweeney - EP 512

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:13

Sunny Sweeney
True to her Texas honky-tonk roots, Sunny Sweeney has never been a singer of what you’d call “soft” country songs — the kind you might turn to for easy comfort , you better believe she’s not about to start playing coy now.
The recurring themes in that story should be familiar to anyone well versed in the classic country cannon: temptation, cheating, adultery, divorce, broken hearts, carrying on despite all of the above. —Sweeney’s singing it all from first-hand experience, and she’s not always singing from the perspective of an innocent victim, either. Sunny Sweeney makes it clear, she’s done making excuses, both for the damage done and for holding herself back from embracing a second chance at love and happiness. The end result may surprise listeners as much as it did Sweeney herself

Img_5713_small Sunny Sweeney True to her Texas honky-tonk roots, Sunny Sweeney has never been a singer of what you’d call “soft” country songs — the kind you might turn to for easy comfort , you better believe she’s not about to start playing coy now. The recurring themes in that story should be familiar to anyone well versed in the classic country cannon: temptation, cheating, adultery, divorce, broken hearts, carrying on despite all of the above. —Sweeney’s singing it all from first-hand experience, and she’s not always singing from the perspective of an innocent victim, either. Sunny Sweeney makes it clear, she’s done making excuses, both for the damage done and for holding herself back from embracing a second chance at love and happiness. The end result may surprise listeners as much as it did Sweeney herself

Live from the Divide -Amy Helm - EP 533

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:21

"I'm just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can," says Amy Helm
- Amy has been making music for most of her life., early on as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently with/ for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm .....
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her performances and her musical / songwriting craft

Ah_small "I'm just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can," says Amy Helm - Amy has been making music for most of her life., early on as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently with/ for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm ..... Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement with her performances and her musical / songwriting craft

Live from the Divide - Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:03

A little bit of country, a little bit of rock & roll and a whole lot of soul! That's what Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers brought to their stunning performance at Live From The Divide.

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Live from the Divide -Sera Cahoone- EP 624

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:00:26

Sera Cahoone is an singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Cahoone's music combines elements of classic country-western and modern indie rock and lo-fi music
Cahoone got her musical start on the drums at twelve years old. She had taken up drumming to combat anxiety, and found she had a talent and affinity for the instrument. She also played her brother's guitar and sang,
In 1998, at the age of twenty-one, Cahoone moved to Seattle, Washington, when the snowboarding shop where she worked in Colorado opened a retail store in Washington state.She worked there for two years before quitting. She worked in a coffee shop and other odd jobs so she could focus on playing music.Cahoone played drums with various bands including Los Angeles singer-songwriter Patrick Park and most notably, Band of Horses.
In 2006, Cahoone began to release solo work. Her first album was a self-released, self-titled record called Sera Cahoone, which was praised by indie-rock radio station KEXP along with NPR.Seattle indie newspaper The Stranger called Sera’s debut "a breathtaking collection of sad and dusky songs that reveal an artist of remarkable depth as well as a truly stunning voice."

Live_from_the_divide_-sera_cahoone-_ep_624_small Sera Cahoone is an singer-songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Cahoone's music combines elements of classic country-western and modern indie rock and lo-fi music Cahoone got her musical start on the drums at twelve years old. She had taken up drumming to combat anxiety, and found she had a talent and affinity for the instrument. She also played her brother's guitar and sang, In 1998, at the age of twenty-one, Cahoone moved to Seattle, Washington, when the snowboarding shop where she worked in Colorado opened a retail store in Washington state.She worked there for two years before quitting. She worked in a coffee shop and other odd jobs so she could focus on playing music.Cahoone played drums with various bands including Los Angeles singer-songwriter Patrick Park and most notably, Band of Horses. In 2006, Cahoone began to release solo work. Her first album was a self-released, self-titled record called Sera Cahoone, which was praised by indie-rock radio station KEXP along with NPR.Seattle indie newspaper The Stranger called Sera’s debut "a breathtaking collection of sad and dusky songs that reveal an artist of remarkable depth as well as a truly stunning voice." ​

Live from the Divide - Molly O'Brien

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 53:41

Molly O'Brien teams up with Rich Moore and bassist Eric Thorin for this special evening.

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When Mollie met Rich, it was way beyond girl meets boy. Call it a convergence of two musical minds and hearts... Music was the common language and it wasn’t very long before they wed.

After 30 years of music-making, mostly apart,  Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore  are enjoying a fresh harmonic convergence onstage. Mollie pulls the audience in with that come-on-in voice that ranges between a call-down-thunder testifying wail to an intimate bluesy whisper, while Rich's musical grace lies in the delicate dance between singer and accompanist. Bassist Eric Thorin accompanies.

Live from the Divide - The Quebe Sisters- EP 625

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:16

The Quebe Sisters are an Americana band based in Dallas, Texas who perform a mix of progressive western swing, jazz-influenced swing, country, Texas-style fiddling, and western music. The band consists of sisters Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe, all of whom play the fiddle and sing,
The sisters have performed with Merle Haggard, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Riders in the Sky, LFTD Alumni Band of Heathens, Asleep at the Wheel, & Kacey Musgraves just to name a few touring far and wide They’ve been featured performers at the Stagecoach Festival, Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, MerleFest

Tqs_small The Quebe Sisters are an Americana band based in Dallas, Texas who perform a mix of progressive western swing, jazz-influenced swing, country, Texas-style fiddling, and western music. The band consists of sisters Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe, all of whom play the fiddle and sing, The sisters have performed with Merle Haggard, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Riders in the Sky, LFTD Alumni Band of Heathens, Asleep at the Wheel, & Kacey Musgraves just to name a few touring far and wide They’ve been featured performers at the Stagecoach Festival, Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, MerleFest ​

Live from the Divide -Coty Hogue - EP 535

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:43

Coty Hogue -There are performers who catch your attention not through glitz and glamor, but through the craftsmanship and quiet beauty of their work. These are the lifers, the ones who amass a body of work, delivering one crafted song after another and do it an everyday way, like other folks cook dinner. Coty Hogue is one of them. She is not the sort of person to draw attention to herself, focusing her attention to the craft of songwriting but when she opens her mouth, you have no choice but to sit up and listen.

13178700_965017120282954_2151384200869435847_n_small Coty Hogue -There are performers who catch your attention not through glitz and glamor, but through the craftsmanship and quiet beauty of their work. These are the lifers, the ones who amass a body of work, delivering one crafted song after another and do it an everyday way, like other folks cook dinner. Coty Hogue is one of them. She is not the sort of person to draw attention to herself, focusing her attention to the craft of songwriting but when she opens her mouth, you have no choice but to sit up and listen.

Live from the Divide - Shook Twins

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:17

From Portland OR, Shook Twins visit the Live from the Divide stage with an hour of laid-back yet adventurous indie folk-pop.

Shook_small From Portland OR, Shook Twins visit the Live from the Divide stage with an hour of laid-back yet adventurous indie folk-pop.

Live from the Divide - Anna Tivel

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 59:33

Portland-based singer Anna Tivel visits Live from the Divide with songs that capture both the rural and the urban sides of the Pacific Northwest.

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Live from the Divide - Beth Wood & Sarah Sample

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 01:01:00

Live from the Divide welcomes modern-day troubadours Beth Wood & Sarah Sample.

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Live from the Divide - Caitlin Canty

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 51:32

Caitlin Canty on Live from the Divide...serving up country ballads and rockers smoke-flavored with some blues and folk.

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Live from the Divide - Shannon McNally

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 50:30

Shannon McNally on the Live from the Divide stage.

Shannon With her earthy, bluesy voice and fresh, unbridled approach to songwriting, Shannon McNally carries the great blues and blues-rock tradition on to a new generation of fans. From the early days of listening to folk-blues in her parents' record collection as she was growing up on Long Island, McNally has taken her music way beyond that to include soul-jazz and electric blues-rock, counting artists such as Bob Dylan, Leadbelly, Nina Simone, the Band, Emmylou Harris, and PJ Harvey as major influences.

Live from the Divide - The Sweetback Sisters

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:11

The Sweetback Sisters deliver their own special brand of country swing, rockabilly and honky tonk to the Live From The Divide stage.

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Live from the Divide - Della Mae

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:51

All the way from Nashville, Della Mae visits Live from the Divide in Bozeman MT.

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Live from the Divide - Adia Victoria - EP 508

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:15

Adia Victoria is an American Southern gothic blues singer ,songwriter and poet She is currently based in Nashville. Adia Victoria—this sharp witted singer who's ghostly folk tunes have given Nashville a creepy edge—a pummeling and sinister songs that finds Victoria yelping and refusing to back down.

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Live from the Divide - Martha Scanlan

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 58:06

Martha Scanlan returns to the Live from the Divide stage with songs drawn from the Montana landscape.

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Martha Scanlan writes songs about belonging and place. It comes out of her recent relative hiatus from the road, where she has been immersed in living and working on a hundred year-old ranch in the southeast corner of Montana...

Martha takes the listeners deep into the heart of the landscape itself; the meadows and cottonwood groves and decades-old cabin - born out of a landscape where arrowheads lie next to fossils next to hundred-year-old cedar fence posts alongside tracks of horses set rock solid in the mud from the last good rain. Stories inside of stories inside of stories...

Live from the Divide - The Trishas

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 50:01

Austin-based quartet The Trishas perform on the Live From Divide stage.

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When Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch first shared a stage in January 2009, their intention was simply to perform a couple of songs as part of a tribute to Savannah’s father, singer-songwriter Kevin Welch. But when magic happens, sometimes you have to give in to its power... By that September,  The Trishas  were showcasing at the Americana Music Association Conference & Festival. Now the groups brings their acclaimed harmonies and heartfelt music to the Live From The Divide stage...

Live from the Divide - Star Anna

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 57:42

Star Anna…all the way from Ellensburg via Seattle…rockin’ the Live from the Divide stage with some alt-Americana.

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Live from the Divide - Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

From Live From The Divide | Part of the Live From the Divide series | 53:58

Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay bring a witty, heartfelt performance to Live from the Divide.

Brennen_leigh___noel_mckay_240_small Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart and humor. This dynamic songwriting duo based out of Austin, TX know a thing or two about songwriting.  Brennen Leigh's songs have been recorded by the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, and the Carper Family among others. In addition, she has collaborated with songwriting greats such as Jim Lauderdale, John Scott Sherrill and David Olney. Noel McKay was discovered by songwriting legend Guy Clark in 1993 while performing his songs at a venue in Kerrville, Texas. Clark's mentorship has been a key component to Noel's success as a songwriter. In the 2000s Noel had several regional hits across the state of Texas with his brother Hollin McKay in the band McKay Brothers.