Hope Nunnery and Steve Tarshis' playing and writing together grew out of a mutual love and respect for American roots music. Hope's first influences were rural South Carolina Southern Baptist church music that took a sharp turn for the juke joint. A few of her influences are Ralph Stanley, Blind Willie Johnson, Sister Vestal Goodman, Roscoe Holcomb, Hank Williams, Sr. and Johnny Cash. Steve has been involved with American roots music as a player, composer and educator for his entire adult life. He has been especially inspired by the Delta musicians, particularly Son House. Steve has worked with artists ranging from Bo Diddley to the Joffery Ballet, as composer, guitarist and or arranger. Awards: 2007 Winner Independent Music Awards Vox Populi Americana category 'Sweep My Yard Clean' 2007 Honorable mention Independent Music Awards Vox Populi Americana category 'Spare Me A Set of Wings' 2007 Finalist Independent Music Awards Americana category 'Sweep My Yard Clean' 2007 Finalist Independent Music Awards Gospel category 'Spare Me A Set of Wings.' 2006 Finalist NewSong Mountain Stage New York Regional River to River Festival 'Watch Man' 2006 Honorable mention NewSong Mountain Stage Rock and Blues category 'Judgment Day'
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