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Focus On: Nora Jane Struthers

Born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, Nora Jane Struthers grew up singing and playing traditional music with her dad, Alan Struthers. After earning her degree in English Education from New York University, she spent three years teaching high school English in Brooklyn, NY. During these years, Nora Jane and her dad began performing out in New York City and New Jersey, as a duo under the name Dirt Road Sweetheart.

In August of 2008, Nora Jane made a career change and moved to Nashville, TN where she recorded her debut, self-titled, album. The record was released independently in June 2010, staying in the top 40 of the Americana Radio Chart for 14 weeks. Two days before the release of her record, Nora Jane Struthers and her band, The Bootleggers, won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. In both 2009 and 2010 Nora Jane was a finalist in The Telluride Troubadour Competition and in 2009, she and the Bootleggers won the Neo-traditional Band Competition at the Appalachian String Band Gathering in Clifftop, WV where Nora Jane was also given the award for Best New Song.

P. J. George, originally from Salem, Virginia, is a multi-instrumentalist who spends a lot of his time playing upright bass. He's been touring the country recently with Nora Jane Struthers and the Bootleggers. He began his professional music career playing drums and singing harmony in a Richmond, VA based band called The Cheap Seats. P. J. holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Radford University and in addition to bass, plays piano, guitar, drums, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, and accordion. While in college he spent his free time touring regionally with The Harwell Grice Band, an energetic bluegrass band out of Franklin County, VA. It was with the HGB that P. J. learned about playing bluegrass bass and singing harmony. Immediately after finishing college he jumped at the chance to move to Nashville to play bass with Nora Jane.

(This concert was recorded live at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, NY by contributing producer Jeff Oehler from Beehive Productions.)

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