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J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights featuring Vineyard Junction

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Amidst today’s throng of singer-songwriters, something makes J.D. EICHER (pronounced IKE-er) of Youngstown, Ohio, stand out. His polished musicianship, his lighthearted and engaging stage presence, that striking honesty in his voice – all these things play a role. “It’s so important to me that I believe in the words I’m singing and that I connect with the audience,” says Eicher. Over the past five years, he’s been on the road making those connections. In 2009, Eicher released and began touring in support of his critically acclaimed, full-length album, The Shape of Things. He’s opened for Grammy-winning artists such as Coldplay, Rod Stewart, and Bryan Adams along the way. Though only in his early twenties, this seasoned performer has a knack for drawing in the listener.

Hailing from up and down Northwest PA (from Erie to Pittsburgh's North Side), acoustic alt-country trio Vineyard Junction consists of Jeff Stempka and Patrick Doyle on guitar and Abby Badach on violin. The two fellas met in the early 2000s as college students at Penn State Erie - The Behrend College, and found their fiddle-playing counterpart at a local microbrewery shortly thereafter. From their first spontaneous collaboration at an Erie, PA, open mic night, the combo knew this effortless trio of harmonies was a rare find. Despite relocating to three separate Pennsylvania towns along I-79, the trio's love of music has kept them together and performing since 2010. With a handpicked and harmony-rich mix of contemporary and classic Americana, Vineyard Junction spans the decades with singer-songwriter favorites from The Band to Ryan Adams.

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