Lucky Lips | Signe Marie Rustad | Silver Lining | Ward Hayden & the Outliers (US)

Lucky Lips

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Once awarded #1 European Bluegrass Band at the European World of Bluegrass festival, Lucky Lips have sort of gotten a new start as full-blown country band. It was the release of their album Coming Home that marked this change of style, and the lead singer, Malin Pettersen, is making waves of her own.

On the 2016 album, recorded with producer Marcus Forsgren (Jaga Jazzist, Lionheart Brothers, etc.), the band ventured into a more electric sound, exploring a wider understanding of the Americana genre, whilst still being heavily country influenced. The album received amazing reviews and positioned Lucky Lips as one of the top acts to follow in within the Nordicana movement – a wave of new Norwegian country artists who continue to push the envelope within the genre and still remain true to its roots.

Contact: Geir Ramstad Sletvold | geir (at) | +47 416 03 566

Signe Marie Rustad

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Norwegian-American singer/songwriter Signe Marie Rustad was born and raised on a farm in central Norway, where the forest, river and fields have filled her with a deep calmness and never-ending restlessness. As a result, many of her songs carry within them a search for a balance between these elements. 

After catching the attention of the growing americana-loving audience in Norway with 2012 debut Golden Town – the title a reference to her mother’s hometown Golden, Colorado – Rustad secured her first Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy) nomination with critically acclaimed second album Hearing Colors Seeing Noises (2016). Her third effort, When Words Flew Freely (2019), received even more praise and this time she was nominated for two Spellemann awards. She won the award for ‘Lyricist of the Year’. 

On When Words Flew Freely, Signe Marie Rustad returned with the powerful, elastic voice and poetic lyrical style that has earned her a loyal fan base in Norway. The album’s nine tracks revolve around traumatic life events, and the feeling of emotional stagnation, with a severe writer’s block as a result: 

“Slowly moving on from personal struggles, trying to restore my emotional range and get into writing music again, I started opening up old boxes. Not just ‘boxes’ within myself, but actual boxes, of CDs, cassettes and vinyl that I listened to during my formative years. Just trying to recall how all this music would resonate within me and how it would make me feel, trying to open up to those kind of feelings again,” Rustad says of writing and recording When Words Flew Freely.

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Silver Lining

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Silver Lining is a folk and americana band from Oslo, Norway. Having developed a distinct musical identity, the band has among their primary influences Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and operates in deep and thoughtful understanding with traditional expressions of American folk music. Their two first records, I’ll Be Waiting for You (In the Grey) and Heart and Mind Alike, have anmassed more than six million Spotify streams, an impressive feat for a low-key folk band. Silver Lining include members from Oslo bands Rattlers, Louien and The Northern Belle, and have, by some, been hailed as a “supergroup”.

Contact: Eivind Eide Skaufjord | eivind (at) | +47 990 45 537

Ward Hayden & the Outliers (US)

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Boston, Massachusetts’ Ward Hayden & the Outliers (formerly known as Girls Guns & Glory) is a hungry and hard-working honky tonk outfit of the very best kind. The boys, whose concert reputation is outstanding, blend a keen sense of country music history with a rowdy punk spirit, sending one’s thoughts towards old masters such as Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and Willie Nelson, rock n’ roll legends such as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison and not least punk rascals the Replacements and their like. The band has kept going for a number of years and released a total of seven albums. Their last record as Girls Guns & Glory, 2016’s Love and Protest, was released to great acclaim in the US, and over here in Norway, veteran music critic and Americana afficionado Tom Skjeklesæther placed the album on his list of the best international albums of 2016. Their latest release, Can’t Judge a Book, is a collection of covers that honors their biggest inspirations.

Contact: Geir Ramstad Sletvold | geir (at) | +47 416 03 566