Kim Moberg, Rod Abernethy, & Grace Morrison
Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music was the constant in Kim’s childhood, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family.
At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string. A few years later, Kim taught herself to finger pick to her favorite songs by singer/songwriters, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright and wrote her first song. Kim is the winner of the 2018 Rose Garden Coffee House Performing Songwriter Competition, placed 2nd at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse Winter Potpourri American Idol Folk and was a 2017 Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase performing artist at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA).
Kim’s debut CD entitled “Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement. “Above Ground”, produced by Grammy nominated producer Jon Evans, was released worldwide in September 2017 and peaked at #23 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ Charts, with 2 songs charting in the top 20. Kim’s Sophmore CD “Up Around The Bend” – also produced by Jon Evans – is due to be released in the fall of 2019.
Kim’s passionate and heartfelt vocals mesmerize listeners while her compositions and story telling tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak, healing and social consciousness.
Rod Abernethy is the 2019 Winner of American Songwriter’s Bob Dylan Song Contest. Rod’s an authentic southern folk troubadour, storyteller, master guitarist, and BAFTA winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games. His latest album “The Man I’m Supposed To Be” reached to No.9 in June 2018 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ charts. Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and guitar instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across New England and his home in the Deep South.
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit.
She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the New England Songwriting Competition and the WPRI Rhode Show Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. The first half of 2019 iss off to a great start for Grace as she was selected to be an Official Showcase performer at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance (TN), named a finalist in the Wildflower (TX) Festival performing singer-songwriter contest, and selected to perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY). Her sophomore solo album “Reasons” was released on May 10th and debuted the # 2 Top Album on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Contemporary Country Airplay Chart.