2023 MUSIC LINEUP
We've worked very hard to assemble a high-quality, eclectic lineup for all to enjoy this year. Check out this year's performers below and get a sample of some of their work.
MIPSO brings together finely layered harmony vocals, while exploring the graceful fluency in the timeless musical traditions of their home state and a magical musical connection that makes their live shows something to experience.
Their most recent album (6th overall), the self-titled MIPSO, sees the foursome share their most sonically adventurous and lyrically rich effort to date. The group- fiddle player Libby Rodenbaugh, mandolinist Jacob Sharp, guitarist Joseph Terrell and bassist Wood Robinson- went deep within themselves and stretched the limits of their acoustic instruments to create their best work yet. Working with producer/musician Sandro Perri, MIPSO was guided toward a goal of a sonic landscape, both expansive ad atmospheric, yet surprisingly personal and even playful.
Sway Wild, born in the Salish Sea, located between Washington State and British Columbia Canada, is an indie acclaimed folk duo made up of Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer. Musically, Sway Wild cannot be pigeon-holed as their tunes touch on rock, folk, pop, jazz, prog and funk. McGraw says they “want to make the music that allows people to feel what they need to feel.”
Fer’s abilities on her beloved Fender Stratocaster has placed her well within the vanguard of female guitarists, an area traditionally male dominated, while McGraw and Lord provide unwavering support for her musicianship. The name Sway Wild evokes a specific feeling and their self-titled debut album provides a pathway to the uninhibited, unfiltered core within our souls.
Born in New York, but raised in Georgia, Jack Schneider is now considered a Nashville triple threat- guitarist, song-writer and singer- while also being a producer, guitar collector and analog connoisseur. His world is strewn with both eccentricity and nostalgia, quite the feat for an artist. Even while attending university in New York, Schneider was a frequent visitor to Nashville, spending school breaks and long weekends in Music City. While working at Gruhn’s Guitars, he met and befriended Vince Gill, among others. Since his graduation from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Schneider has toured with Vince Gill, both as a guitar tech and player, produced records for several up-and-coming artists and played the Grand Ole Opry! Jack has a reverence for folk music and an instrumental prowess that captivates audiences everywhere.
The Folk/Americana duo March to August (formerly known as Route 358) prides itself on staying loyal to their acoustic roots and imaginative storytelling. Derrick and Jodi Mears have been touring regionally and nationally the past eight years and are supremely talented multi-instrumentalists who craft a unique sound, melding acoustic genres. They have been showcase artists at the Mid-West Folk Alliance, are two-time winners of the Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase and three-time nominees for Americana Artist of the Year at the Arkansas Country Music Awards.
Shawn Mayer has been captivating audiences with heart stirring lyrics delivered with her smoky soulful voice for more than 16 years. An accomplished artist and musician, Shawn first grabbed the national spotlight as 2nd runner-up on Nashville Star and has become a fixture in the vibrant Nashville music scene. She has earned much critical acclaim for her powerful performances and dynamic stage presence, with a sound that blends Americana with a rock-n-roll edge. Even with all this success, Shawn remains grounded, dedicated to her craft and true to her roots.
Will Scott, born and raised in Indy and Chicago, and raised in a musical family tradition surrounded by the blues, bluegrass, traditional country, jazz and rock-n-roll. Scott is well-known for his distinctive voice, original roots songwriting and a unique finger-style and slide guitar-style. Several of his albums have garnered much praise from the critics, with his 2009 release “
Keystone Crossing” receiving nominations for Independent Music Awards and the International Songwriting Competition, while also earning Top 10 status from Classic Rock Magazine. He is presently touring full-time with home bases here in southern Indiana and Brooklyn New York.
Our lead off act is the BurmaShavers, consisting of Southern Indiana’s Lonesome Steve and Southern Illinois’ Jerry Wilson. The twosome established their original New-Wave Acoustic eccentric Americana folk music sound in 2018. They have been kind enough to grace our Kyana Woodstock Market Stage the past couple of years. If the shadows hit just right, you just may spot the boys rehearsing along the banks of the Wabash River, sharing a cane fishing pole and a daydream to play their music for anyone and everyone who will lend an ear.