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Amy Garland Band

The Amy Garland Band, a six-member group formed in 2000, released its most recent album, "Hang a Light," in June 2013. Earlier albums include "Plays Well with Others" (2000) and "Angora" (2004). Hailing from Little Rock, the band's style blends folk, R&B, bluegrass, pop and country for a deliciously unique sound. Members include: Amy Garland, vocals and guitar; Nick Devlin, guitar; Mike Nelson, bass; Bart Angel, drums; Jeff Coleman, keyboard; and Brad Williams, mandolin, guitar and harmonica. Amy Garland, who started playing guitar at the age of nine and began songwriting at ten, was a regular on the stages of the Louisiana Hayride and the North Louisiana Hayride as a young girl. After traveling and playing broadly her high school and college years with prominent artists in venues such as the Whispering Pines club in Ringgold, Louisiana, and honky tonks along the infamous Hwy 80 Bossier Strip, Garland moved to Arkansas in 1995. During her years in the Natural State, Garland has become a regular host of KUAR's "Arkansas Flyer," began hosting the weekly Americana-flavored "Backroads" radio show on Little Rock's KABF, and has greatly expanded her musical footprint. While touring the South, Garland has collaborated with some of the best musicians in the region. Several of them, including Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde and R.J. Looney, will join The Amy Garland Band for their "AETN Presents: On the Front Row" concert. The Amy Garland Band's latest release, ?Hang a Light,? has been described as, ?seriously great playing on some very, very good tunes ?[which] would no doubt fit in seamlessly ? tucked in somewhere between a Patty Griffin song and maybe something by Willie Nelson? (Arkansas Times).