Austin, Texas — Epiphone and the Gibson Austin Entertainment Showroom hosted the Masterbilt Showcase on Saturday, February 11, during the 18th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference. The showcase featured performances by folk music artists Darrell Scott, Jeff Black and Folk Uke.

Instrumentalist and Grammy-nominated songwriter Darrell Scott has written more than 50 songs recorded by others including “Long Time Gone” for Dixie Chicks. He was named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year in 2002 and has recorded five solo albums on his Full Light Records label. Darrell plays several instruments but is best known for his ability on guitar, Dobro and mandolin, which has put him on scores of albums in recent years. He’s toured extensively with Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien and Steve Earle, headlining concerts around the world.

Darrell Scott performs at the Masterbilt Showcase in Austin with his Masterbilt AJ-500RC 12-Fret as part of the Folk Alliance Conference

Both Jeff Black and his music have been described as something hard that emits something as ethereal and essential as light. The burly, bare-knuckled, blue-collar son of the Missouri Plains with dark Irish blood digs into tough topics with a gentle heart on his fourth album, TIN LILLY. Billboard compared Black’s piano ballads to Randy Newman’s and his rockers to Bruce Springsteen’s. Washed in spirit and built on simple truths, his songs are ambitious epics performed with passion and delve into complex emotional territory.

Jeff Black with his Masterbilt AJ-500M.

Folk Uke, an eclectic, atypical acoustic folk duo – Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson – perfectly melds harmony and sharp, often biting wit. The offspring of infamous families, they were musical holdouts until they gave in and began writing and playing music together. Their debut album, “Folk Uke,” was produced by Abe Guthrie and the duo and features their famous fathers, Arlo and Willie, not only as executive producers but soloists and singers on several tracks. The unprecedented collection of songs includes “In Case We Die,” “S--- Makes the Flowers Grow” and “Knock Me Up.”

Cathy Guthrie (left) and Amy Nelson (right) of Folk Uke perform with a Masterbilt UKE-500KA Ukulele.


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