Since forming his first band with two college friends in 1996, Chadwick Stokes has paved a path of independence, advocacy and social consciousness that’s impacted every aspect of his artistic life. In addition to fronting the bands State Radio and Dispatch, Stokes is also a co-founder of Calling All Crows, a non-profit dedicated to bringing bands and fans together to create change through hands-on service and activism. Politics and social issues have heavily influenced his work as a solo artist and with State Radio. Stokes’ passion for these topics also exists within some of Dispatch’s music, such as protest songs “Dear Congress” and “Letter to Lady J”, both songs off new release,Location 13.This collection of songs is the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album America, Location 12. Stokes has toured around the country this summer with Dispatch, accompanied by Nahko and Medicine for the People, with Calling All Crows volunteer projects on every stop of the tour including the Here For The Music Campaign, combating sexual harassment in the music industry.
Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale sheds a bit of her indie-acoustic skin on her newest record Hold to The Light–a pop-progressive album that offers a fusion of textured electronic and traditional (guitar, strings, keys) instrumentation with songs bearing Brooke’s keen, soulful lyricism. Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive) the record features the contributions of seasoned artists Sam Kassirer on Keys; Zachariah Hickman (Ray Lamontagne) on Bass; Josh Kaufman (The National) on accompanying guitars; Sean Trischka (Oh Pep!) on Drums; and Matt Douglas (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Goats) on Woodwinds.
Hold to The Light is an exciting evolution in Brooke’s career as a musician. creative roots run deep with family connected to music–her maternal grandfather founded a music store, selling instruments and sound equipment, which continues to operate today in Pittsburgh, PA. Brooke began playing guitar at 14 and since then her passion for making and performing music has taken her all over the country. She released her first full-length record, Silence Worth Breaking in 2011, produced at The Smoakstack in Nashville, followed by 2013’s EP Words in Your Eyes and 2015’s The Simple Fear.