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Saturday, septEMBER 9
Meet Mr. Troy Estes, a homegrown musician born and raised in Estill County. Currently living in Stamping Ground Ky, His music is inspired by the Appalachian foothills of Estill County where old time country, storied songs and bluegrass still reigns. His stories and songs cover humor and heartfelt truths from growing up in Estill Co. Troy’s fingerpicking style adds depth and emotion in his vocals to give you that “sittin’ round a campfire with friends” feeling.
Brett Noland is an Americana/Country Folk singer/songwriter from the small town of Irvine Kentucky. Influenced by classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, classic country artists such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and folk artists such as Bob Dylan and John Prine, Noland creates a unique and original musical sound that is reflected through his songwriting of true personal experiences and storytelling, thus crafted from a wide array of musical influences. Noland’s latest album release in July of 2021 titled “Her Name is Angel” features a new, more updated full band sound as opposed to his previous albums, all of which are available on all digital download and streaming platforms. Marked by memorable and original guitar and fiddle accompaniments, bluesy harmonica leads, driving electric guitars riffs and solos, harmonized vocals, and a rock steady powerhouse of percussion and bass, no song sounds similar, all written and performed from multiple influences, but with an overall binding flow that makes their records and their sound like no other. A Brett Noland Band performance is one you do not want to miss, and one that is sure to captivate audiences and keep them guessing.
“Her Name is Angel's fifteen tracks should definitely have something that catches every listeners' ears. Noland's distinct voice coupled with expertly crafted songs with well-written lyrics that grab you and pull you into the songs' stories make Her Name is Angel a must listen album.”
-Jim Cundiff, Americana Highways
Born and raised in Stanton Kentucky, and residing in Irvine Kentucky, Aaron Boyd is a singer songwriter that writes from a place only a few with the gift of a second chance can do. Boyds songwriting serves as an honest ledger of accounts that rise from the same rich patch of earth as the minerals found deep in Appalachian soil. With his carefully crafted lyrics and timeless sound, Aaron Boyd’s sophomore album “Coming Undone”, will shake your soul to its foundations.
Boyd began pursuing his passion for music and songwriting in earnest after his daughter was born. With new clarity and understanding of priorities, mortality and immortality, he was inspired to take seriously the gifts he no longer wanted to squander. His 2019 debut album, “Until the End” is a raw and honest account of the shadow-boxing necessary in one’s journey toward sobriety, when easy escape is no longer an option. through these haunting words and by facing and retrieving lost parts of himself, he becomes a healer for the rest of us
Fast forward a few years and we hear that sobriety brings a stronger, surer voice to his second album, “Coming Undone,” as well as a glimpse of light and hope and even a little gratitude. In the second verse from his title track, “I see you from across the bar/I get lost in your smile for a little while before I head to my car/it may not seem like much but it means the world to me/sharing some words of things we’ve heard and then suddenly/ I don’t want to run from all the things in life that I’ve done.”
“Virginia”, another single on the new album speaks of love whether it be of a special person or place and the fond memories of “those nights on the riverbank…underneath a big ole sky…Virginia, I love you/the heavens open up and shine a light on you while I’m away.”
In “All the Good Times” the narrator is coming to acceptance and understanding of where he’s been while “The Very First Day” evokes the ethereal sounds of love eternal. “Earthly Sorrow” may be a nod to his beloved grandmother’s hymns.
Over the past few years, Boyd has received coveted invitations to open for songwriters like John R. Miller and Arlo McKinley, Boyd has shared bills with Lost dog street band, Mike and the Moonpies, Sundy best, Morgan Wade and has also performed at regional festivals including Kickin’ It On the Creek, Festival Of The Red and Huntington music and arts festival. He has been featured on Red Barn Radio and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Boyd will also be heading out on several national tours this upcoming year In support of his up and coming sophomore album—a testament to his strengths as a performer and songwriter.
One listen and you’ll agree that Aaron Boyd is an artist on the rise.
The Jenkins Twins (aka Trevor and Trenton Jenkins) have worked for years to craft a sound that seats them squarely on the cutting edge of modern country, pioneering a sort of cosmic Americana that nods to contemporary indie without turning their nose up to golden-age pioneers like The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Geno Seale is a singer/songwriter from Irvine, KY. Writing and performing across multiple genres since the late 1990s, he is known as a deep and reflective lyricist who holds a mirror up to the human condition. His Appalachian roots are displayed proudly in the songs he writes and the way he performs them, from his hillfolk pronunciations to his penchant for sometimes performing shirtless.
Beyond his own talents, Geno is the biggest fan of music you'll ever meet, and he is first in line to cheer on his fellow artists and offer up one of his famous and patented hugs. Recently, Geno has been on cloud 9, as a song he penned with good friend Tyler Childers, "In Your Love," debuted on August 12 at #7 on the Billboard Hot Country chart and #43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Recorded at the famed Blackbird Studios (Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks), her six-song, foot stompin’, country debut, chelsea., features an all-star cast of musicians from the region, including a lock-step rhythm section of brothers Aaron and Andy White, Montana Hobbs on banjo, Travis Egnor on pedal steel, Chloe Edmonstone on fiddle, and brother Josh Nolan on guitar.
“Silver Line”, a swinging sing-along of a song that’s about finding the good in everything, stars said brother who “absolutely did kill my dad’s Jeep at the main stoplight in my one-horse town” in a personal favorite verse of hers: “Because it’s about something he messed up, and I’m his little sister, so it’s my job to never let things go”.
Her first single, and the first track of her EP, paints a picture of the first man to create heat from pure will and ambition. “Build A Fire” came to me one night around camp at a place called Skeeter Ranch. I had just spent a few hours laying on top of an abandoned lock wall on the Kentucky River. When I made it back to the ranch, I sat staring at the fire, listening to the cicadas sing and the embers crackle, and thinking about how the fire was made and how long people have sat around and enjoyed the same thing I was enjoying. I started wondering about the man who first created fire and what that must have been like. I’m certain he eagerly shared it with his friends, who appreciated it, but then were left feeling empty and searching to find their very own fire.”
Offering a retrospective look at her first quarter century of existence, “If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is” started with a line her Mamaw said to her a couple of weeks before she passed away. “The words “I’ll live a lifetime and still be learning” really resonated within me. During the same time that my grandmother’s health was fading, it hit me that I was in love with my best friend. After a night at a John R. Miller show, I realized that he was the one I looked for when I was ready to go home.”
Having graduated from songwriter stages to festival main stages (Master Musicians, Well Crafted, Kickin’ It On The Creek, Red Fest) in less than a year, Chelsea is carving her own path and making quick work of it.
“Chelsea Nolan is hands down one of the most requested artists I have ever played here on my podcast. I got so many emails and messages from folks wanting to hear more from her after she played here in Dingess. A true Appalachian gem if there ever was one.” - W.B. Walker,
W.B. Walker Old Soul Radio Show
Find her on the road in support of her new album, "chelsea."