Anthony da Costa — a 17-year-old songwriter and self-taught, multi-instrumentalist — has just released "Bad Nights, Better Days" — a brilliant duo record with Abbie Gardner. This comes on the heels of his sixth record, "Typical American Tragedy" and caps a year in which he opened for Loretta Lynn, Dan Bern, Susan Werner, Graham Parker and Chad and Jeremy. He was nominated as 2007 Folk Alliance Emerging Artist of the Year; and was the youngest winner ever of the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Competitions. Anthony’s writing and performing draw from a deep well of rich musical influences — from Bob Dylan and Dan Bern, to Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, to Ryan Adams and Damien Rice.
Abbie Garnder is a member of Red Molly, a NY female trio playing Americana music. Abbie began playing Dobro in 2004 and fell in love with the instrument, adding it to her impressive guitar work. In addition to her new CD with Anthony, Abbie has recorded "Honey On My Grave," a collection of mostly original songs that span several genres, from jazz to blues, country to bluegrass and folk/pop. Abbie was named as a finalist in the 2003 Hank Williams Songwriting Competition for "The Game of War," and 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for, "One Love."In 2004 she released, "My Craziest Dream" a collection of jazz standards with her father, pianist Herb Gardner.
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