Travelin’ Troubadours: Diana Chittester/Eric Gnezda/Ryan Humbert
Travelin’ Troubadours brings together three singer-songwriters to share one stage, swapping songs and stories influenced by personal experience, touring, and digs deep into their music making process. Cleveland-based musician Diana Chittester invites one Ohio-based songwriter, and one artist she’s met while on the road to join her for an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Featuring:
Diana Chittester (Cleveland)
Eric Gnezda (Columbus)
Ryan Humbert (Akron)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Diana Chittester: Diana Chittester has been building a reputation as one of the area’s most gifted guitar players, intimate songwriters and forceful vocalists over the past decade, releasing a series of albums that display her growing confidence and ability to communicate feelings that are deeply personal yet universal. Diana Chittester’s album Paradox (2018) won Best Local Album in Cleveland Scene Magazine and in June 2019, Diana was selected by Riff Journal as one of the “Top 50 Gifted Singer-Songwriters You MUST Know.” Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmqIQNQWYVA
Eric Gnezda: Eric is the creator and host of the national TV series, Songs at the Center, produced in Ohio and seen coast-to-coast on more than 325 PBS stations. A regular performer at Nashville’s famous venue for songwriters, The Bluebird Café, Eric was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition, joining Michael Feinstein (American Songbook), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and Chip Davis (Mannheim Steamroller). His latest single, “Separation,” was named a top song of 2018 by Phil Maq of WHFR, Detroit.
Ryan Humbert: Drawing influence from musical greats like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello, Ryan Humbert’s original songs mix the honesty and lyricism of roots music with the inventive, infectious arrangements of rock and pop. Hailing from the Akron-Canton area of Ohio, Ryan’s energetic, crowd-pleasing shows and loyal fan base have made him a local music staple for over a decade at such notable venues as Playhouse Square, Blossom Music Center, The House of Blues, The Beachland Ballroom, Scene Pavilion at Nautica, The Akron Civic Theatre, The Canton Palace Theatre, The Kent Stage, The Tangier, Lock 3 Live and more. His most recent project THE SHOOTOUTS have scored Humbert’s band performances at PAC’s and festivals throughout the region, showcases at AmericanaFest and his album Quick Draw has stayed in the top 50 on the Americana Music Charts for over 9 weeks.