Jason Tyler Burton is an adventurer and storyteller who writes songs about the journey. Originally from Kentucky, he now lives at the base of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. His brand of Americana music is heart felt, reflecting the landscape of the American West in a search for meaning and home, with stories that invite you to lean in a little, and really listen. His 3rd full length album, Lost Behind the Ranges, was released April 2017. More about Jason – click here.
Join Craig “Sage” Sorenson, Curtis Oberhansly, and Jacque Koenig for an enjoyable acoustic set before the Keynote Speaker program.
David Gerald, the son of Rural Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit. He’s the youngest of 11 children, 6 of whom were born and partly raised in Mississippi. “Because segregation and racial discrimination were so bad in Mississippi at the time, my dad moved the family north to Detroit when he was 33, so we’d have a better chance at the American dream.
Gerald started playing guitar at the age of 15, influenced by Prince and 80’s rock guitarists. He rediscovered the blues and listened to the music of Albert King, ZZ Hill, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.
“I was lucky enough to have a neighbor who was a guitarist and gave me scrap guitars. I would piece them together and build ‘Frankenstein’ guitars,” says Gerald. “They were horrible to play and sounded bad, but I had to play music. It was and is my destiny. I finally scraped up enough money to buy an old amp and I was happy.”
More on David Gerald – click here.