CONTRIBUTORS

 
photo by matthew ginn

photo by matthew ginn

michelle mcafee is the creator and instigator of songbones. a bolt of lightning struck one evening near her cabin in oregon and she was never the same again. thereafter, she was consumed with a vision of starting a really cool magazine for ROOTS MUSIC LOVERS AND grassroots singer-songwriters. nouveau bards. her people. Who knows what will happen next for this Americana folk songstress. In a previous chapter, she was a staff songwriter for warner-chappell, sony tree, and bluewater music. she has written music for independent films, has had songs covered by multiple artists, and has shared the stage with folks such as g love & special sauce, the indigo girls, jewel. She is releasing her third album “paper walls” spring of 2019. michellemcafee.com / MICHELLEMCAFEE.PHOTOGRAPHY

 
 
photo by michelle mcafee

photo by michelle mcafee

beth wood is a texas-born award-winning songwriter, a modern day troubadour, and believer in the power of song. Beth’s performances and songs have won accolades from the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and Telluride Troubadour Contest. she has opened for Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin, Chris Whitley and discussed guitar tunings with David Crosby backstage at a festival. Beth has released eleven  independent albums and two books of poetry and has a forthcoming duo album with Ara Lee James and a book of stories from the road to be released in Spring 2019.  bethwoodmusic.com

 
 
photo by marcus serrano

photo by marcus serrano

 

Mark elliott grew up in the vibrant cultural scene of Washington, DC, and caught the attention of legendary songwriter, Tom Paxton, who lit a fire in the young writer, leading him to Nashville and a publishing deal with Cherry Lane Music. he is a critically acclaimed songwriter, having won distinguished awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Award. He has written for many publishing houses in Nashville, and had major-label and independent artists record his songs. Alongside an active touring schedule with his band, Runaway Home, Mark is now writing books, blogs, and essays. The Sons of Starmount: Memoir of a Ten-Year-Old Boy is Mark’s first full-length book.  markelliottcreative.com

 
 
photo by kari bedford

photo by kari bedford

 

SALLY BARRIS has had songs covered by artists such as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009. her writing credits are impressive, but her bright spirit, expressive mountain soprano, and extensive touring career are what captivates us. This Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage,  New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “The Road in Me” and is based in nashville, tn. sallybarris.com

 
 
photo by david miller

photo by david miller

Tom Kimmel's business card reads Overnight Success, but the truth is far from it. After college he worked as a cook, bus boy, taxi driver, shipping clerk, lab technician, janitor, bartender and window washer on his way to establishing himself as a writer for film (Twins, Runaway Bride, Serendipity), television (Touched By An Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Miami Vice), and a host of major artists including Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt and Joe Cocker. A soulful entertainer in his own right, he tours widely, has released seven albums and published a book of poems.  tomkimmel.com