FIGHTING CHANCE RECORDS

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Fighting Chance Records is a Cleveland-based, independent record label that works to connect artists to venues and venues to artists.  FCR acts as the “Agency Hub” for artist services such as booking live shows, workshops, representation at Regional Music Conferences, and specialty for-hire services. Our label represents a select group of high-quality, regional to nationally touring music groups.

Media: Local Musician & Her Partner Offer Three Acts a ‘Fighting Chance’ Through their Music Agency

 

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diana chittester

Diana Chittester

Diana Chittester

Acoustic | Indie | Folk | Rock  

“If you don't believe an acoustic solo performance can fill a room with raw power, and intelligence concurrently, you haven't experienced Diana Chittester”  
- Jennifer Conn (The Devil Strip)  

Singer-songwriter, Diana Chittester, is renowned both for her vocals and her energetic acoustic guitar-playing. Her solo show is brought to life by her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, without the help of loopers or other technological tricks, while blending intelligent lyrics and storytelling that engages the audience.

Music Connection Magazine noted her “intelligent and articulate lyrics” on the review of her first full-length album, In This Skin (2012).  Dubbed a “Guitar God” by Skinny Devil Magazine and “a complex guitar acrobat” by ArtVoice Magazine, in 2017 she was invited to perform on the "Cellar Sessions" series recorded live at City Winery in NYC.  Diana tours regularly in the US and Canada including folk-rock venues such as The Ark, Music Box Supper Club, Rockwood Music Hall and Performing Art Centers across the MidWest.  She's opened for many iconic songwriters like Colin Hay, Kim Richey, Melissa Ferrick, LP, Jennifer Batten, Chris Trapper (Push Stars) and Kelly Richey to name few.

On My Own, Diana Chittester's upcoming release will feature the upbeat ukulele song "Freedom," a deep folky/blues song and the title track, "On My Own,"  "Thy Will Be Done" and more. Her new album is due to be released March 2018.  

Workshops: Diana offers a variety of Songwriting, Music Theory and Guitar focused workshops. Read more, here

Available: Solo, Duo, 3 piece band.

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ANNE E DECHANT

Anne E DeChant

Anne E DeChant

Americana | Country | Folk   

Anne E. DeChant is an award-winning Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year.  She has shared the stage with performers such as Stevie Nicks, Nora Jones, Joan Armatrading, Travis Meadows, Sheryl Crow and the Indigo Girls, and has played venues ranging from the Clinton White House to such storied listening rooms as Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham, the Evening Muse in Charlotte, Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland, Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN, and Frog Pond in Silver Hill, AL. Before beginning her solo career, DeChant was the lead singer for the popular rock-Americana band, Odd Girl Out, based in Cleveland. 

Outreach:  WITH MUSIC AND JUSTICE FOR ALL 

Southern author Frye Gaillard and award-winning Nashville recording artist Anne E. DeChant team up for an evening of stories and song. In these unique programs, Gaillard presents brief readings from his works, setting the context for an acoustic performance of original songs by DeChant. In his writing about music, Gaillard maintains that great songwriters like DeChant explore the depths of the human condition with all the subtlety and feeling of our finest novelists and poets, raising issues of empathy, and justice. 

Available: Solo, Duo, Full Band, Outreach

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shooter sharp & the shootouts

Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts

Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts

Classic Country | Honky Tonk | Americana 

"Being someone who never really listened to country music, it's really interesting to talk to so many people like me who, because of Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts, have started to give country a second chance."

- Dylan Gomez  

Shooter Sharp & the Shootouts are a quartet performing a mix of high-energy original tunes and classic, choice country covers. The Shootouts are composed of singer-guitarist Ryan Humbert, guitarist Brian Poston, bassist Dan Nauss, drummer Dylan Gomez. The Shootouts are also joined by “hired guns” Emily Bates (harmony vocals) & Al Moss (pedal steel) on their new album and for some live performances.  

Their tradition-based honky-tonk sound has had an overwhelmingly positive response, as many people are looking for country music that doesn’t sound like today’s overly manufactured pop-country hybrid.  

Shootouts lead singer Ryan Humbert is known throughout northeastern Ohio and beyond for his energetic concerts, blend of Americana-pop music, and involvement in local fundraising activities. He is an award-winning singer-songwriter and has shared the stage with country artists like The Zac Brown Band, Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, Robbie Fulks, Raul Malo, Kim Richey and released three solo records recorded in Nashville, TN.  

Recently, the Shootouts have performed at venues big and small, including The House of Blues, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The University of Akron’s Touchdown Music Fest and more. If you're a fan of Merle, Hank, Johnny, Buck, Dolly, Loretta, Willie, Waylon or Patsy you won't want to miss Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts.  

Available: Full-Band, Duo, or Solo as Ryan Humbert

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THE WHISKEY HOLLOW

The Whiskey Hollow

The Whiskey Hollow

Indie | Female-Fronted Rock Band | Punk 

The Whiskey Hollow is an indie-rock band fronted by powerhouse singer-songwriter, Madeline Finn. Their music and high-energy live show emulate a passion and raw power allowing them to attract one of the most loyal fanbases throughout their region.

In 2010, Madeline Finn became the first female to front a winning band in the 14-year history of the Tri-C High School Rock Off,  she also led the popular experimental rock band, Envoi.  Her latest project, The Whiskey Hollow, takes inspiration from a number of sources including Shakey Graves, Alabama Shakes, Jeff Buckley and The Black Keys. The band recently opened for the All American Rejects sold-out House of Blues show.

The Whiskey Hollow performs concerts at rock clubs and popular local festivals including the Grog Shop, Roar Along the Shore on the Goodtime III, House of Blues and the Brite Winter Fest.  Their song "Tree Talker" can be heard in the latest Cle Clothing Co. commercial.  The music video "Hudson Hill"  went on to win multiple International Music Awards from across the globe and was featured at the International Cleveland Film Fest in 2016. Director Stephen Milnarcik used 1,599 hand cut stop-motion frames, painted miniatures and paper figures to create the video for the single from the band’s new album.

Available: Full Band, and solo as Madeline Finn. 

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