Aye Nyce


Hometown: Arlington, VA

Genre: Hip-hop/ Rap/ R&B/Conscious/Freestyles

Aye Nyce, was born on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago, is a diversified young artist on the come-up. Aye Nyce started taking music
seriously during his senior year of high school when he began dancing at school
pep rallies and Black History Month shows. It was in 2007 when Aye Nyce and his dance partner, C. Scholar, created the YouTube hit sensation “The Struttawalk” with Atlanta super producer, Teddy Bishop.


Where to find Aye Nyce: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and SoundCloud 


Directed by: Tim Ruth


Bunny Man Bridge

Hometown: WashingtoBMB.jpgn, D.C.

Genre: Jazz/funk/groove/fusion

Members: Max Richard (Guitar), Jonathan Crandall (Keyboards), Zach Liggett (Drums), Ryan Vanstavern (Bass)

Bunny Man Bridge is a Funk/Jazz/R&B group based in the Washington, DC / Northern Virginia area. Formed in the fall of 2014, Bunny Man Bridge has developed an exciting instrumental style that has crowds dancing all across Virginia and DC. BMB’s sound is heavily influenced by artists like the Meters, Stevie Wonder, Vulfpeck, and Snarky Puppy.

Bunny Man Bridge recorded, Live at Groove, a 4-track live video performance with Groove in February and released it with AGR on November 4th, 2016. BMB whips out the funkiest beats, outstanding riffs, and soulful melodies. This release spotlights their abilities as a live and studio group. The audio-only version is available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and includes the bonus track, “Legos for Giants.”
Audio & video versions available below.

Where to find BMB:
Facebook, BandCamp, YouTube, SoundCloud



16992147_1430764793601998_3551012076459557668_oHometown: Leesburg, VA

Genre: Hip-hop/Rap

Empuls has been creating music to his standards since the mid-90’s and has been performing publicly since the late 90’s-early 2000’s. Stages, mics and booths have been shared with a lot of emcees.

Where to find Empuls: Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Bandcamp


Copyright © 2017 Empuls

Track available as free download on
Video filmed by Empuls himself.
Video edited by PBV Media (Philipp Ledényi).
Mix by Tomi Kaußen (Primat City)


DJ G-Wiz (“The Young Gunnah”)

dj-g-wiz-croppedHometown: Tyson’s Corner, VA

Genre: Hip-hop/Rap/Top40

“G-Wiz” is the wizard of turntables and definitely a rising star in the sea of DJs. More aptly known as “The Young Gunnah,” G-Wiz has been in the music business for nearly a decade and will not be stopping anytime soon.Having experience working special events with 92.5 WINC (Winchester, VA – Adult Contemporary) and 99.3 The Vibe (Fredericksburg, VA – Rhythmic Contemporary) radio stations, this has helped blazed his path to being the DJ that he has become. Through his handwork and dedication, he was given the opportunity to DJ special events with Bobby Valentino, Freeway, Lola Monroe, Beanie Sigel, and in September 2012, the 2 Chainz concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

Where to find G Wiz: WebsiteFacebook, SoundCloud, and Instagram





Jake and the Burtones

Jake and the BurtonesHometown: Round Hill, Virginia

Genre: country, bluegrass, rock and roll

Members: Josh Cava (guitar, banjo, vocals), Chris Griffin (Bass Fiddle), Ian Fuze (Fiddle). Our Out of state brothers: T-Money (banjo, fiddle), Jack Pugh (Bassfiddle, Guitar, Vocals), Sam Purdom (Mandolin, E tuned banjo)

Jake isn’t real.

Jake and the Burtones is more of a concept than a band. With an ever changing member list, the Burtones do their best to provide a healthy mix of Old time Appalachian Music as well as Bluegrass and soulful Originals with the occasional Grateful Dead tune thrown in there.

Where to find the Burtones:
burtonesband.comFacebookSoundCloudiTunesSpotify, and check out this interview with the Burtones by our very own Shawn Hatfield on The Borfski Press!


Distant Creatures

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Hometown: Northern Virginia

Genre: Indie Rock/Dream Pop/Shoegaze

Members: Nick (vocals & guitar), Dane (guitar & synths), Chris (guitar & backing vocals), Mike (bass), Ben (drums)

Distant Creatures is a five piece indie rock and dream pop group from the D.C. suburbs. They recorded an original single with Groove: Music Lessons + Recording entitled Escape (below) that was released through AGR. Mixed by Distant Creatures and mastered by Shawn Hatfield.

Where to find Distant Creatures: Facebook, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Groove


Shawn Hatfield

18319138_1576466852365461_8678614646295750122_oHometown: Hamilton, Virginia

Genre: Indie, Jazz-Fusion, Funk, Classical, Bluegrass, Jam, Rock & Roll

Shawn Hatfield is a composer, producer, guitarist, guitar teacher, entrepreneur, and published writer. He released his first solo album, A Faded Way of Life, in October 2015, released a single, Vivid/Strech in September 2016, and just released an EP, Wet Socks Down at the Docks, on January 6th (stream below). His music is available on iTunes, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and more! Shawn is the founder and owner of Appalachian Groove Records as well as Groove: Music Lessons + Recording.

Where to find Shawn:




The Onyx Travelers

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Hometown: Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C.

Genre: Folk Fusion

Members: Melissa Avino (vocals), Rob Plier (bass guitar), Ethan Bovender (vocals/guitar), Flamer Plier (drums)

Where to find Onyx Travelers: FacebookBandCamp

Groove recorded, mixed, and mastered an original self-titled 4-track EP for the Onyx Travelers that released with AGR in Summer 2016.


Shelby Sencindiver

Loudoun County, Virginia

Genre: Indie/Folk

Shelby is a singer-songwriter from Loudoun County, Virginia and attends school in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has been playing music since she as 13, and has been performing since she was 14. She writes and arranges her own music. She released a single, Follow Me, with AGR in September 2016, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Groove: Music Lessons + Recording.

Where to find Shelby: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud


Surprise Attack


Hometown: Washington DC

Genre: Mountain Funk

Members: Danny Durazo (Bass/Vox), Ian Frye (Drums/Vox), Jeremy Begun (Keys/Vox), Tom Casey (Guitar/Vox), Jay Rowe (Percussion)

Friends since the band’s original formation in 2006, Surprise Attack reunited in 2015 to share their music and sense of community with a larger audience. Their self-described mountain funk is as much a state of mind as it is a musical style incorporating everything from roots and bluegrass to hip hop and funk. 

Purchase the  live EP HERE!

Sound Engineer: Shawn Hatfield
Recording Studio: Groove: Music Lessons + Recording
Mixed & Mastered by Shawn Hatfield at Groove
Film Production: Christopher Leipold
Film Studio: Anywhere Studios

2017 Copyright © Appalachian Groove Records
2017 Copyright © Surprise Attack

Where to find Suprise Attack: Facebook, Soundcloud, Bandcamp