Lanois has released several albums of his own work. However, he is best known for producing albums for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Brandon Flowers. Lanois also collaborated with Brian Eno: most famously on producing several albums for U2, including the multi-platinum The Joshua Tree and "Achtung Baby". Three albums produced or co-produced by Lanois have won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Four other albums received Grammy nominations.
Holley did not start making and performing music in a studio nor does his creative process mirror that of the typical musician. His music and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. In Holley’s original art environment, he would construct and deconstruct his visual works, repurposing their elements for new pieces. This often led to the transfer of individual narratives into the new work creating a cumulative composite image that has depth and purpose beyond its original singular meaning. The layers of sound in Holley’s music, likewise, are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.
Marshall Ruffin is a Georgia based guitarist, songwriter, and singer.
Ruffin has recorded two E.P.s under the Lagrange GA label Jammates, Rich Man’s Dime (2007) and Morning Glory (2009). He also wrote and recorded an E.P. with the band King Lincoln, and is the featured vocalist on five others with collaborator Alex Gordon Hi-Fi.
Ruffin has performed and recorded as the guitarist and backing vocalist for Lonnie Holley, with whom he recently toured Europe. His song Light The Way was featured during their session in London at BBC Radio 6.
Ruffin was the winner of the 39th Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout in 2013.
Ruffin has performed gospel music at COGIC and AME churches in Georgia.
For Trixie Whitley, her sophomore release represents an introspective expedition into the depths of her creative identity. Porta Bohemica cribs its name from a defunct European railroad. Its songs wind through landscapes of absolute subconscious that she learned to trust by largely self-producing the album.
“The metaphor of an old train line feeds something in my imagination. I related to that sense of travel when making this record. It involved letting go of my past to embrace my individuality as a young woman and as an artist,” the Brooklyn-based musician says.
From a very young age, Trixie Whitely nurtured a singular creative spirit, springing from her restless inner directive. At the ripe age of three, she made her onstage debut alongside her father, the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Whitley. Never relying on her lineage, Trixie set out to craft a unique personal and artistic identity. She started playing drums when she was ten. At age eleven she became the youngest resident DJ in Belgium, spinning underground electronica, free jazz, ambient instrumentals and hip-hop at raves and modern art museums. By her early teens she was touring with several avant-garde theater and dance collectives throughout Europe, including Les Ballets C de la B, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
During this time she developed an affinity for punk rock’s nonconformist and D.I.Y. ethics, which permeated her fearless genre-bending and daring life choices. After a nomadic transatlantic existence, living between New York and Belgium, she quit high school at age 17 and took a job slinging burgers at a dive while steadily advancing her music career. One of her early efforts impressed the iconic producer Daniel Lanois, who has worked with musical legends such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Emmylou Harris. He enlisted her to front his own band, Black Dub, with modern jazz drummer Brian Blade and renowned New Orleans bassist Daryl Johnson.
Since 2013, Trixie has emerged as a compelling solo artist with three EPs and one full album in her catalog. Fourth Corner, her full-length debut, garnered acclaim from MOJO, Interview, ELLE, Vogue, Vmag, Relix, The Village Voice, NPR and The New York Times, among other publications. With its success, she has toured internationally and earned three nominations, as well as a win for Best Female Artist at the 2013 MIA Awards and best writer/composer at the 2016 MIA awards.
Trixie’s prismatic artistry reflects electronica, R&B, the vulnerable ethos of singer-songwriters, and the unapologetic individuality of punk rock. Although her previous effort reflects her broad tastes, it is with her latest release that she creates a transcendent musical miscellany. She even cast aside an earlier version of the record and started over in order to achieve the ultimate meaning and mastery displayed in Porta Bohemica.
“I wanted to make people think and feel something honest and emotionally complex in my music that comes from being fully present in the creative moment.”
Porta Bohemica was a two-year odyssey that profoundly changed the artist. “I embraced many realizations making this record,” Whitley says. “Intuition and vulnerability are some of the most underestimated powers that we have. Once you let go of your fears, you can face your potential and there is an endless palette of possibilities to explore. This is just the beginning, and I feel a lot of excitement and optimism about what’s to come.”