CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING

“It was like a fever dream. Every day counting blessings for safe passage.” Out there on the road with his battered guitar, playing 260 shows in just the last year and half, across 46 states and 14 countries, acclaimed troubadour Christopher Paul Stelling says he could see it all out there unfolding on the horizon. 

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JONATHAN KIRBY

Jonathan Kirby is a record collector, author, and producer with the esteemed reissue label, the Numero Group. A native of Winston-Salem, he is an authority on music recorded in the Carolinas, and has amassed thousands of independently produced records from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, spanning all genres from doo-wop to hip-hop, folk to funk to rock.

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JOSH TICKELL

Josh Tickell is a Sundance Award Winning film director, bestselling author and thought leader in the fields of youth, climate and alternative energy. In 1997, Josh’s vividly painted “Veggie Van” made headlines across the United States as it picked up used frying oil and turned it into fuel. His subsequent movie, FUEL, went to theaters globally and was shown in the White House. He is author of the books KISS THE GROUND and THE REVOLUTION GENERATION. He is the co-director and producer of the upcoming documentaries entitled KISS THE GROUNDand THE REVOLUTION GENERATION.  



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Sol Tryon

Having relocated to southern California in 2011, Sol, enjoys life with his young family while working to create content that inspires positive thought and action. Sol currently has several projects in various stages of production, including: The New Armenian, Land of Dreams, The Reunited States & Legend of the Seven.



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MIKKI WILLIS

Mikki Willis is respected internationally as a innovator of socially relevant movies and media. His passion for uniting creatives inspired the birth of "the world's largest single screen film event," Elevate Film Festival.

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TIM HERNANDEZ

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning writer, performer, and research scholar. The author of six books, including poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he is the recipient of the American Book Award, the Colorado Book Award, and the International Latino Book Award. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times,      C-Span, and NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2013, Public Radio International hailed his book, Mañana Means Heaven, as one of their top picks of the year. The book is based on the real life story of Bea Franco, “Terry, The Mexican Girl” in Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” She had been lost to Kerouac scholars for over 50 years, until Hernandez found her alive at age 90, living only two miles from his home in Fresno. He is currently working on the screenplay with his writing partner, Laurie Ann Guerrero. Named one of sixteen New American Poets by the Poetry Society of America, Hernandez was a finalist for the inaugural Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for his research and work on locating the victims of the 1948 plane wreck at Los Gatos Canyon, the incident made famous by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The result of this work is the basis for his latest book, All They Will Call You. Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is a full time Assistant Professor with the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. in Creative Writing Online.

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REBECCA COMERFORD

Hailed by Variety Magazine as a "standout character actress" in the cult classic comedy, The Living Wake, as "the future of lyric theatre in America" by Classical Voice Magazine, and "brilliant" by the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Rebecca Comerford's voice and sincere dramatic intensity has been felt in concert halls, theaters and movie screens across America and Europe.

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BOB BOILEN

In 1979 I quit my job running a record warehouse and bought an Arp Odyssey synthesizer. In a few months I was performing at dc space in Washington, D.C. with Tiny Desk Unit. I joined Impossible Theater in 1982, writing music for a handful of original multimedia productions with some incredibly talented artists from Baltimore. Some of my favorite music was written then and can be found on the cassette I released called Music For Unitards. In 1988 I quit my TV production job and went to NPR looking for work. I showed up every day hoping I could make radio. In about a year I was somehow directing All Things Considered. At the end of the last century I started NPR's online music show All Songs Considered. After 18 years of directing, I am now hosting All Songs Considered full time for NPR. I started an intimate series of concerts at my desk called Tiny Desk Concerts featuring both emerging artists and well known musicians.

These days I make music under the name Danger Painters with former Tiny Desk Unit guitarist and musical soulmate Michael Barron. We've made 10 albums and 2 EP's together. with I've been making music with electronics for about 40 years. Tiny Desk Unit reformed briefly in 2007. Michael, Susan Mumford and I wrote an album for the RPM Challenge (the make-an-album-in-a-month challenge) called Sputnik Fell on my Birthday in honor of the passing of our drummer Lorenzo "Pee Wee" Jones.

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JASON LUST

After graduating from USC's Peter Stark Producing Program, Jason Lust went on to found the successful management/production company Circle Of Confusion know for such groundbreaking work as The Matrix and The Walking Dead. 

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ALBERT BERGER

Berger’s executive producing credits include the award-winning documentary Crumb, the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart and the Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health. Berger and Yerxa were also co-executive producers on the current HBO series “The Leftovers”.

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