Hayes Carll to headline Ferdinand Folk Festival

From local sources

FERDINAND — The fifth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival’s Main Stage music talent was announced at the “Halfway to the Folk Fest” event Saturday during a performance by Folk Fest veteran performer Boscoe France at American Legion Post 124.

Headlining this year’s festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 20, at 18th Street Park, is Austin, Texas, native Hayes Carll and his band.

Carll’s 2008 album “Trouble in Mind” was honored by the Village Voice as one of the best of 2008. One of the singles from that album was honored by the Americana Music Association as its 2008 song of the year. His 2011 follow-up album, “KMAG YOYO,” made American Songwriter, Spin and Rolling Stone magazine’s best album of 2011 lists. The Americana Music Association named “KMAG YOYO” as the best album of 2011.

He has performed at Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, South by Southwest and North by Northeast. He has appeared on Austin City Limits and the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

The other highlighted performers for the festival are:

”¢ Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts of Rockford, Ill.: When your dad is the guitarist for one of the world’s most famous rock bands (Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick), do you have a choice other than to play music? Nielsen’s songs provide a sense of yearning and ownership. Nielsen is a captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks.

”¢ The Leonard Washingtons of Terre Haute: The Leonard Washingtons are a raw mix of hip-hop based funk and jazz harmonies and have a tendency to reference a highly eclectic mix of influences. Or as Mark Stalcup put it: “Think the solo songs of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen meets The Roots, sung by a funkier John Mayer channeling Steve Winwood. A moment later, it’s a hoarser Jack Johnson fronting the Meters, covering a mash-up of Dave Brubeck, Isaac Hayes and Phish.” The Leonard Washingtons also feature a local connection — bass player Eric Schatz is a graduate of Forest Park High School.
Andrea Davidson of Louisville: Davidson’s sound crosses the line between the arresting vocals of Patty Griffin and the funky and sensual musical backdrop of Bill Withers. She combines loops of vocals, guitar and percussion to create a stunning live performance. Her songs are passionate, honest and hopeful.

”¢ Wild Carrot of Cincinnati: This award-winning group has what it takes to please all types of roots music fans. With a foot in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions: from award-winning original tunes to swing, blues and traditional songs using guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina and vocals. Wild Carrot’s entertaining and moving performances have often been described as “honest, soothing, uplifting and fun all at the same time,” moving an audience from laughter to tears and back again in a way that makes the listener feel like they’re in a conversation with old friends.

”¢ Wyvern of Evansville: Wyvern is made up of a salty ole’ troubadour musician, Randy Widick, and a talented young folk singer-songwriter, Mariah Dawn Shepherd. Widick has played across the United States, England and the Orient in various styles of music throughout his long career. Shepherd has been playing in southwestern Indiana, northern Kentucky, southern Illinois, San Francisco and Boulder, Colo., honing her musical and writing skills. In getting together to form Wyvern, these two minstrels produce a unique blend of folk, rock, jazz and blues with an energetic magical musical performance.

Ӣ Sisters of Second Avenue of Jasper: The Sisters of Second Avenue are an indie band comprised of four sisters using their lifelong experiences with music to create a sound uniquely their own. Each secret to their sound is the unique voice that each brings to the mix. Together, they weave intricate harmonies that lift their songs to life.


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