2022 AIM Stages Schedule
Saturday, June 4
10:15 - 11:30 am Clayton Neal
11:45 - 1:00 pm Amy Henderson
1:15 - 2:30 pm Tom Euler
2:45 - 4:00 pm Gary Archer
10:45 - 12:00 pm Tom Euler Trio
12:15 - 1:30 pm The Members
1:45 - 3:00 pm Mare Wakefield & Nomad
3:15 - 4:30 pm Irene Kelley
Sunday, June 5
11:30 - 12:30 pm Gary Archer
12:45 - 1:45 pm Just Us
2:00 - 3:00 pm Paige Melton
11:30 - 12:30 pm The MelTones
12:45 - 1:45 pm East of Monroe
2:00 - 3:00 pm Something Different Duo
Headliner for 2022
Irene Kelley’s signature mix of Bluegrass, and Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. Her songwriting has drawn much deserved attention and her pure and lonesome vocal prowess has tugged at the heartstrings of music lovers for years, making her one of traditional music’s most beloved musical story-tellers. She has been described as one of the best vocalists and songwriters in bluegrass and country music displaying a stylistic kinship with Dolly Parton and EmmyLou Harris. Irene been seen and heard at the Grand Ole Opry, the CMA Music Festival, IBMA, The Americana Music Festival, and many other venues. Her syndicated, on-air appearances include Acoustic Café, NPR’s Live at Mountain Stage, and CMT as well as airplay on Country, Bluegrass,Folk and Americana radio stations worldwide.
Irene has been in demand on Music Row for decades for her sweet, pure sound and sought-after writing skills. She has written songs for numerous artist artists including Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, Alan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent,and Trisha Yearwood. Her most recent full-length album, “Benny’s Repair”garnered five #1 songs on the Bluegrass Today charts. Irene’s latest single, “Lonely”, was released in March 2022. Her daughter, Justyna, a talented singer/songwriter and professional actress, often accompanies Irene in lives performances and in the studio.
“A perfect blend of voice and song!” -- Rhonda Vincent
Mare Wakefield & Nomad
“Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin” – New York Times
Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a Nashville-based, contemporary folk/Americana duo who perform a style of music reflective of their journey through life. Their critically acclaimed songs demonstrate their musical versatility and the hopes, struggles, and joys that emerge through their experiences. In 2015 and 2016 they were Kerrville NewFolk finalists and in 2015 were recognized by Falcon Ridge Emerging artists. The duo is currently working on a recording project with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane.
East of Monroe
East of Monroe is an Americana/bluegrass group based in Virginia and Maryland who perform mostly original tunes along with tasteful covers. The band members each have different influences and backgrounds which leads to performances encompassing many different styles of music all which blends together in a unique and entertaining way. The band members include: Gary Alan Ferguson – singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist; Jackie Frost – guitar and vocals; Lisa Kay Howard – mandolin and vocals; Walter Hughes – fiddle, dobro, vocals; Terry Wittenburg – banjo and vocals; and Billy Budd – upright bass. Individually, members of East of Monroe have won numerous songwriting contests and performed with world-renowned bluegrass artists. As a band they are rapidly become a force in the acoustic scene. Their album, By the River’s Edge, was released in 2018.
Clayton Neal is a vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player who has become a popular musical fixture throughout the rivah country both as a performer, a coordinator of musical artists at local venues, and through sharing his musical talents in support of community and charitable organizations. He is the founder of Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys who were voted Best Local Musicians by the readers of Pleasant Living magazine eight years in a row. He currently pursues a solo career, entertaining audiences throughout Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas with a “rivahdacious” style of music that includes Americana, country, rhythm & blues, folk, and rock’n roll.
Paige is a classic folk musician known for her outstanding vocal and guitar arrangements delivered with an innocent "flower child" attitude that embraces the 60's and 70's. Despite her youth, singing songs from the Woodstock generation comes natural to Paige, whose repertoire consists of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and James Taylor in addition to a number of popular artists from more current decades. Paige performs at various clubs, coffee houses and concert venues throughout Virginia and Maryland. She is a graduate of VCU with a degree in Music Therapy and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia.
The MelTones are a professional father/daughter musical duo. Randy Melton is a seasoned musician, who has performed with bands including The Janitors and The Monument City Jazz Trio for over a decade. He is currently keyboardist for the Michael Clark Band. Logging in over 9,000 gigs, he entertains an audience with clever arrangements and fiery performances. Paige is a popular local musician, who performs throughout Virginia and Maryland. Her stellar vocal styling and complimentary guitar picking make her a sure sensation for weddings, clubs, private parties, indoor and outdoor events. Together they are The MelTones, whose total is greater than the sum of their parts.
Originally hailing from the Deep South of Atlanta, Georgia and now making her home base in Richmond, VA - Amy Henderson has been entertaining crowds up and down the east coast for years with her buoyant and soulful Indie folk rock. Her music encompasses many styles - from gritty Americana, to alternative folk to lonesome ballads, all with some serious pop hooks thrown in. Adding to her intelligent songwriting is a clear and captivating voice and amazing harmonica, all richly complimenting her solid guitar playing. Amy has a number of fine recordings under her belt, including her own original CD “Back Down” and is enjoying collaborating with her occasional acoustic trio, the Orderlies (Beautiful You) and her good friend, Rene Carillo, in the band, Rolling with Punches.
“Her rhythmic, buoyant folk rock has a big heart all its own, distinguished by Henderson's rich, smoky voice.” Richmond.com
Something Different Duo
Something Different Duo is a popular father/daughter duo that performs music from a variety of genres spanning multiple decades. Brad Sindle, father and keyboard player, is responsible for instrumentation. For the past 13 years he has been the keyboard player for the legendary 46 year-old soul/horn band, Slapnation (formerly Slapwater). Brad’s daughter, Ashley Sindle Wenner, studied music at Shennandoah University, graduating with a music degree in voice. She is an accomplished entertainer with a wide range of vocal styles. Together, Brad and Ashley have been making people tap their toes, sing, and dance for nearly five years.
Tom Euler is an award-winning singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist, whose powerful and thoughtful playing style has quickly led to him becoming known as “the young guy with the old soul.” The blues/rock musician from Virginia is making a name for himself as front man of the Tom Euler Trio and Tom Euler Band, and formerly as lead guitarist for the Bobby Blackhat Band.
Euler, whose progressive blues sound and high energy performances has people talking, Tom has had the good fortune to share the stage with such great blues artists as Tas Cru, Memphis Gold, Jackie Scott, Bobby Messano, and Sherman Holmes. He counts playing the 2016 Finals of the IBC at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis as a highlight of his young blues career. Most recently Tom was the 2021 winner of the Josie Music Award “Jazz/Blues Song of the year for “Don’t Look for Me” and in May 2022 released his latest solo album entitled “Obey”.
Tom Euler Trio
The Tom Euler Trio is a progressive blues/rock group from Virginia that is known for their high energy and thoughtfully written songs. Often called the “young man with an old soul”, Euler takes influence from such guitarists as JP Soars, Luther Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, and B.B. King along with many other greats across all genres of music. Euler is a 2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist as well as winner of the 2017 “Musician of the Year for the United States and Canada” Josie Music Award. The JMAs is the largest independent music awards show in the world and is held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. Tom’s bandmates in the trio include his long-time buddies, Wes Mallory on bass and “Smiling” Max Parker on drums.
Gary Archer is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose performances have been entertaining crowds for close to three decades. Gary has been a music educator with Cumberland County Public Schools for the past twenty years. His unique delivery of music basics and innovative ideas has been an inspiration to students. As a songwriter and composer of many genres, Gary's catalogue includes children's educational songs and songs about the Christian religion -based on his many years as the choir director at Bon Air Christian Church in Richmond/Bon Air, Va. He was the lead guitarist and songwriter for the award-winning band "Jumbo Lump Daddy and The Back Fin Boys", who achieved much notoriety and success. Along with fellow band mate, Clayton Neal, the duo continues to entertain audiences in the Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck and Tidewater areas. Gary is a multi-faceted musician, who has performed with numerous bands. He currently contributes his talents to the Richmond-based band, “The Members”. A forthcoming self-produced, EP titled "Gary Archer's Music" will contain 5-6 of his best songs and feature Gary playing all of the instruments and singing all of the Vocals! Stay tuned!
Beth Justice and her daughter, Morgan Stewart, are both talented professional singers and natives of Urbanna. Morgan attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for two years and finished her music degree at VCU. She manages and performs in the very successful group, “Fillmore Duo”. She also teaches private music lessons. Since 2000, Beth has managed and been the lead vocalist for “Sweet Justice”, a well-known classic rock band in the Richmond and surrounding area. Beth and Morgan have similar vocal tones creating a nice blend. They enjoy singing together for special events several times a year.
The Members are a five-piece band that has been entertaining audiences in the Central Virginia area for three decades. They are crowd-pleasers, who perform music from the 60's, 70's 80's and much more. Band members include Brian Marron on lead guitar; Danny Cox on lead guitar and keyboards; Ray Tolson on rhythm guitar; Clark Robins on bass guitar; and Gary Archer on drums. All of The Members sing lead vocals on songs which include original compositions by Tolson and Archer. They perform their music at private and public venues including weddings, breweries, and other fine establishments, always leaving their audiences insisting on encores! Listening to The Members transports you back to the era of the great classic bands like The Beatles; The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Tom Petty; Creedence Clearwater Revival; and many others.