They will release their second album, This World Oft Can Be, on May 28 and are currently offering a free download of Empire - a catchy bluegrass song with one of the best mix of instruments we've heard in a while.
The band recently expanded their fan base by participating in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program in which they collaborated with local musicians, taught educational programs for children and played concerts in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Cancer patient turns to music to say goodbye
Zach Sobiech, an 18-year-old who succumbed to osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on Monday, was more than a cancer patient. He was a warrior and talented musician who used his music to offer hope to the loved ones he left behind.
Sobiech first made headlines with his original song Clouds. He wrote Clouds to give his family a way to remember him and to remind them that they will be together again one day.
Sobiech responded to the news of his terminal illness by embracing life and living each day with hope and joy. He made it his mission to spread the joy of living to anyone he came in contact with.
When word got out about Clouds, director Justin Baldoni with SoulPancake wanted to create a music video for Sobiech. However, when the music video didn't pan out, Baldoni gave Sobiech a much bigger gift - a video of 30 different celebrities singing the song, including Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles, Andy Grammer, Jenna Fischer and Paul McDonald.
Baldoni went on to direct and produce the 22-minute documentary My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech. In the touching and heart-wrenching video, you're introduced to the young man who never lost his smile, as well as the family, girlfriend and friends who never left his side.
Clouds is available on iTunes and proceeds benefit the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children's Cancer Research Fund. If you would like to donate directly to the Zach Sobiech osteosarcoma fund and help find a cure for childhood cancer visit http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/.
Darius Rucker: True Believers - May 21
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories - May 21
The National: Trouble Will Find Me - May 21
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City - May 14
George Strait : Love Is Everything - May 14
Demi Lovato: Demi - May 14
John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone - May 28
Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle - May 28
Della Mae: The World Oft Can Be - May 28
Barenaked Ladies: Grinning Streak - June 4
City and Colour: The Hurry and The Harm - June 4
Lonestar: Life As We Know It - June 4
Harry Connick Jr.: Every Man Should Know - June 4
And finally ...
When done correctly, Les Miserables has arguably some of the most beautiful and elegant music on Broadway.
A cappella artist Peter Hollens and his wife Evynne Hollens did it right when they created a medley from three different songs in Les Mis: On My Own, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables and Bring Him Home.
What followed was a powerful combination that is hard to believe was created by voices only - no instruments.
Peter Hollens is best known for performing on NBC's The Sing Off season 2. He also created the University of Oregon's award-winning a cappella group On The Rocks and recently recorded for Sony and Epic Records.