Dietrich Strause’s songs are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a “virtuosic command of imagery.” (The Artery, WBUR)
In less than one year, Strause released two albums — How Cruel That Hunger Binds and Dietrich Strause & The Blue Ribbons — proving himself to be one of the most prolific and eclectic writers and performers coming out of New England. His blend of midcentury modern pop and atomic-age folk has drawn comparisons to M. Ward and a young Paul Simon and has garnered him invitations to support folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz, to indie pop acts like Great Lake Swimmers and Lake Street Dive. This fall he spent three months living in London and touring extensively throughout the UK & Ireland by train and foot, writing material for his next release.
Liv Greene is an emerging singer-songwriter based in Boston, Massachusetts. Raised in a wooded corner of Washington, D.C., Liv discovered her love of song at 12 years old, after teaching herself her first chords on guitar.
After attending Miles of Music Camp, a fiddle camp in New Hampshire, during her freshman year of high school, Liv developed a deepened interest in songwriting as well as Appalachian folk and roots music. She has since felt at home writing and performing old-time, Americana and indie folk music. Her influences are varied and numerous, including Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, Sarah Jarosz, Patty Griffin, and Aoife O’Donovan- to name just a few.
In summer, Liv is part of a touring americana duo with fiddler and songwriter, Olivia Baxter, called “Liv & Let Liv,” in which she sings, and plays guitar and clawhammer banjo. The two have toured extensively, and have travelled much of the east coast and Canada playing both original and traditional music. Liv Greene was a 2016 YoungArts finalist in Voice (Singer-Songwriter) and is an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she graduated in 2016 with honors, a Fine Arts Award in songwriting, and the singer-songwriter program’s Artist of the Year Award. She is currently in school at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studies Contemporary Improvisation.