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)  

Blending the storytelling roots of folk music with the animation of rock, Diana Chittester's live performance is brought to life by her signature percussive, multi-part acoustic guitar playing. Diana's uniquely developed style is accentuated by her alternating between picking and strumming, all while pounding out bass lines and drum beats. She produces this dynamic music without the help of loopers or other technological tricks. 

All the while she is sharing the personal stories of family struggle, isolation, and adventure that are behind each song. Diana engages audiences to connect on an individual level. 

"Like Michael Hedges and Ani DiFranco, Chittester is a master guitarist who employs open and alternate tunings—and provides her own percussion on the body of her instrument." (Examiner.com)

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 and shared the stage with many iconic songwriters including Colin Hay, Kim Richey, Lisa Loeb, Joan Osborne, Royal Wood, Melissa Ferrick, LP, Jennifer Batten, Chris Trapper (Push Stars) and Kelly Richey.

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW: PARADOX

Diana Chittester brings emotional testimonies meant to challenge perspectives and the definition of reality with her latest full-band release, PARADOXThe 6-song EP has hit the Americana Music Charts, receiving national airplay from over 50 stations across the US and Canada. The first track "Freedom" made its way onto popular Spotify playlists including American Top 40's.

“...with its powerful vocals, [Paradox] recalls Tigerlily-era Natalie Merchant” (Scene Magazine).

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

Available: Solo, Duo, Full 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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