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Season 14

Kathie Baillie, Michael Bonagura and Alyssa Bonagura

From the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival: 

Kathie Baillie & Michael Bonagura

Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura were part of the popular country music trio Baillie And The Boys, which emerged as one of the best known bands of the late ’80s and early ’90s and became an integral part of forever shaping the direction of today’s country music. 

Alyssa Bonagura

A songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Alyssa Bonagura spent the past decade fine-tuning a sound that reaches far beyond her Nashville roots. It is a sound that blurs the boundaries between genres, mixing the southern storytelling of country music, the free-thinking spirit of rock ’n’ roll and the cinematic sweep of Britpop into its own hybrid.

Grits & Greens 

Grits & Greens is a powerful four piece band best described as rock ’n’ roll with a soulful and jam-heavy delivery. Front woman Ryann McGhee shines with commanding guitar licks and a powerful voice. Jesse McGhee’s soulful slide guitar work is characterized by open tunings and melodic riffs. Jake Noble and Jackson Bounds round out the rock ’n’ roll feel on bass and drums.

Red and the Revelers

Formed by singer/songwriter Red Padilla, this eight-piece swamp-soul band from Mobile, Ala., delivers a gumbo of high-energy rock and soul with a full horn section and riffs that dare you not to move! Their single "Take It Back," released in August 2023, was produced by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) and Brian Collins for the upcoming album, "Real Big Deal."

Lolly Lee 

Lolly Lee, a multi-instrumentalist musical icon from Birmingham, Ala., is experiencing
a rebirth with her highly anticipated album release in February. In the 80s, she was lead vocalist for Birmingham rock band The Mortals, and a rhythm guitarist and co-vocalist with the band Split the Dark. She releases her debut album, produced by Anthony Crawford at Admiral Bean Studio in Loxley, Ala., on February 16.

Karli Ryan 

From Milton, Fla., Karli Ryan has launched her country music career with TV appearances, a song on Christian radio, and other songs reaching millions of streams. She first gained notoriety as a singer/songwriter with her 2019 American Idol audition, earning a "yes" from country superstar Luke Bryan. She has since begun writing, recording and performing in Nashville besides playing music festivals and venues closer to home.

Paul Vinson 

Indie rock artist Paul Vinson left his hometown of Pensacola for Nashville to bolster his career as a singer-songwriter. Last fall, he returned home to celebrate the release of his debut full-length album “Tunnel Vision” featuring singles “Drama Queen,” “Keep Up” and “Final Show.” He released his debut EP “Got Get Me Out of Here” in 2021.

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