Friday, September 9
Karen Jones on fiddle, Bev Futrell on guitar, George Neel on mandolin, and Rick Baldwin on bass. Karen and Bev, also members of the Reel World String Band, teamed up with long time friend George Neel, an accomplished jazz musician, and Rick Baldwin (of Metropolitan Blues All Stars). The band’s first recording, Dust Devils On Our Heels, was released in 2013 and their latest project Rock Me Away has just been released in August of 2016. The country inspired songwriting of Bev Futrell gives this ensemble its grounding and its expression of place, while the musical prowess of Karen on violin, George on mandolin and Rick on bass, connects us to the rich repertoire of folk and acoustic jazz standards.
9:00pm Main Stage
The Carmonas (Nashville)
The Carmonas take their roots-bound sound to fresh melodic and lyrical regions with cut-above song crafting, strong vocal choruses and ear-grabbing harmonies. The natural blend of the voices of primary members and siblings Chad, Alison, and Aaron Carmona is what really draws attention to the talent apparent in this Americana group. The band blends a wide range of musical styles into a cohesive, original sound. With fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass, one would expect a traditional bluegrass sound, but what you hear is something much more complex.
As an up and coming band The Carmonas have had the chance to perform at a wide variety of venues across the country from New York to Nashville and California to the Dakotas. In addition to stateside touring they have had the chance to tour Europe, South and Central America, and the Middle East. They are currently promoting their recently released first full length studio album “The Carmonas”, the follow-up to their debut EP, “Oh, Alice“. They have been given the opportunity to share the stage with Emmy Lou Harris, Marty Stuart, Dale Ann Bradley, Band of Heathens, and the Blind Boys of Alabama among others.
Saturday, September 10
1:00pm Main Stage
Nouveaux Honkies (FL)
For many touring bands, the road is their home away from home, an ever-rolling muse that runs beneath their tires and works its way into every aspect of their lives, including their songwriting. For hard- traveling Americana duo The Nouveaux Honkies, the road is literally their home, as the two live out of a creatively rebuilt RV that they use to tour throughout the year in the American South. Rolling along in their high tech, solar powered, self-sufficient chariot, equipped with its own espresso bar, mini studio, and more comforts than most studio apartments in NYC, Tim O’Donnell and Rebecca Dawkins worked out a great formula to tie their travels to their music.
They set up in a key American city for a couple months at a time, soaking up inspiration and making friends, before moving on. In this way, their new album Blues For Country, draws its sounds from the musical influences of New Orleans, Nashville, Florida, Austin, and the Texas hill country where they recorded it. “As far as genres are concerned, I don’t think it is an intentional thing for us to be bouncing around the map,” confesses Tim O’Donnell, The Nouveaux Honkies’ songwriter and lead singer. “It is just my personality. I love lots of stuff. To me there is good music and bad music and I really have no formula on what it is. I just know when I like it. Jimmy Webb, Jimmy Reed, and Jimi Hendrix all give me this crazy feeling when I listen to them.” With all these regional flavors, it’s no wonder The Nouveaux Honkies’ music jumps so easily and happily between genres, mixing up a bubbling Americana gumbo of blues, country, roots, R&B, Texas swing, honky-tonk and old-fashioned songwriting. – See more at: http://tnhband.com/bio#sthash.cSE6K2b0.dpuf
2:00 pm Weisiger Park
Paul Childers and The Black Tie Affair (Nashville, TN)
Paul Childers and The Black Tie Affair is a band from Nashville, that is lead by Lebanon, Kentucky, native and guitarist Paul Childers. The other members of the group are Will Lynde (Piano/Keys), Will McGee (Bass), and Kip Allen (Drums/Percussion). All four met at Belmont University in Downtown Nashville, and this group of young twenty-somethings is trying to challenge everything you thought you knew about music. They harmoniously mix pop, jazz, blues and rock music for a seriously classy show that presents the band as a blend between Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jamie Cullum, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. Their 2012 debut album “Wasted Spaces” includes ten original songs written by the group.
Since forming they have played for the MISS USA NEW YORK Pageant and MISS USA TEEN NEW YORK Pageant, Mitt Romney, been featured on GMA, The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Fox News, and are currently on a tour promoting their exciting and inspiring originals and freshly spun covers. Don’t wear socks to their shows – because they are sure to be knocked off!
3:00 pm Main Stage
Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters (Jeffersonville, IN)
A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. They’ve released two EPs, “Extra Better” in 2013, and then “Light of Day” in 2014.Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene. In September of 2015, they set ten highway-tested, fine-tuned songs loose in the confines of LA LA Land Studios. The result is “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues”. The new album is a gritty, upbeat collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Ford van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them. The Sawdusters will be on the road in 2016 and beyond. For fans of The Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours.
Saturday Night Blues Party
6:00 pm Main Stage
The Saints (Louisville)
7:30 pm Main Stage
The Stella Vees (Louisville)
Chicago and West Coast Jump Blues
The Stella-Vees Blues Band plays Chicago and West Coast style blues reflecting influences of legendary blues musicians like T-Bone Walker, Hollywood Fats, Magic Sam and Little Walter. If you like straight ahead, no effects pedal Blues, you have come to the right place.
Winners of two of Kentuckiana’s Blues Society’s “Best Unsigned Blues Band Competition” in Louisville, KY, The Stella-Vees have played major blues festivals since 2007 and continue to be a mainstay on the blues circuit.
Their CD, Don’t Tell Me Your Name consisting of 8 original tracks, won the 2015 Best Self Produced CD competition by the Kentuckiana Blues Society.
9:00 pm Main Stage
Long Tall Deb (Columbus OH)
It’s not just her honey and molasses-soaked voice, who About.com described as “the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’ soul” or her keen, nuanced songwriting that blend experience with a hint of mysticism (Long Tall Deb’s Texas/Mexico border roots are never far away from her songwriting). What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage is nothing short of one-of-a-kind. She goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to paint a stunning picture that is deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is, as evidenced on her well-received VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands”. Now with the release of her upcoming VizzTone EP, “Streets of Mumbai”, inspired by her recent touring in India and Nepal, she continues to push the envelope stylistically and musically and is ready to explode onto a larger scene. This past year’s highlights include a coveted slot at North America’s second largest music festival: the Ottawa Blues Festival, a tour of Italy, headlining dates at Buddy Guy’s Legends, opening slots for B.B. King and Robert Cray, numerous other festivals and a tour of India and Nepal culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival.
Sunday, September 11
3:00pm Main Stage
The Bankesters (Carbondale IL)
Compass Records recording artists, The Bankesters, have logged hundreds of thousands of miles since they began traveling and performing professionally in 2004. Their fifth recording “Love Has Wheels” won the Best Bluegrass CD in the 13th annual International Independent Music Awards. Music from their last two CDs can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s ‘Bluegrass Junction’. Their newest album “Nightbird” is due for release this fall
Based in Carbondale Illinois, the band consists of three sisters – Alysha, Emily and Melissa, Melissa’s husband Kyle Triplett and the girls’ dad, Phil.