It’s Americana that bends the genre boundaries, blurring the lines between folk, old-time, gospel, old-school R&B, and soul. Portland, Oregon, quintet The Get Ahead’s eclectic blend they call “Americana soul” works on a variety of stages, attracting a fan base as varied as the genre-hopping outfit itself.

The Get Ahead’s two married couples, Juliet Howard and Nathan Earle along with Danny and Angie Johnson, and friend Sean Farrell label themselves as empowerment advocates buoyed by the three feminist men in the band. Their cover of their latest, Deepest Light, features a gauzy full profile shot of Juliet Howard in full maternal bloom just before the arrival of their now five-week old daughter. But there are no nursery rhymes here, no lullabies — just a celebration of life and creativity. READ MORE