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2016 Ferdinand Folk Festival Artists:

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Rich Robinson has co-written a catalog of songs and albums with The Black Crowes that have sold more than 40-million copies all over the world. On the heels of his third and best received solo album The Ceaseless Sight in late 2014, Robinson announced the breakup of the Crowes and has since been re-releasing his entire solo catalog and showing the world a side that, while true to his Crowes’ roots, shows him creating without the constraints that being in a band the caliber of the Black Crowes required. Free and on his own, Robinson has been able to explore without fear, discover and nurture his considerable talents as a quite impressive songwriter, guitarist, and singer.  Read More.

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Buffalo Killers hailing from Ohio deliver hook heavy homegrown rock n roll. Lead by songwriting brothers Zachary and Andy Gabbard, the band has drawn the attention of the likes of Chris Robinson, who invited them to open a string of dates for The Black Crowes and Dan Auerbach, who produced their sophomore effort "Let It Ride," to name a few. Rolling Stone describes their sound as "...muscular power-pop with hints of psychedelia and stoner-rock..."  Read More.

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The band was formed in January 2007 in Dallas, Texas by Jonathan Tyler, Brandon Pinckard, along with Oklahoma natives Nick Jay, and Jordan Cain. The band immediately went into the studio with local producer Chris Bell to record their first independent record Hot Trottin'. After playing nearly every venue in Deep Ellum the band began to venture outside of Dallas into Austin, Houston, and other surrounding cities. Emotion Brown joined the band in May 2007. The band was named "Top Artist of 2010" by Pegasus News. Jonathan Tyler was named "Best Male Vocalist" by the 2010 Dallas Observer Music Awards.  Read More.

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Adopting a marching band format, Jefferson Street Parade Band takes a wide variety of internationally influenced rhythms and sounds mobile. And they're incredibly fun live when you catch the group playing in march formation. Their raucous sound and colorful, rag-tag Salvation Army band costumes generate an instant street party. But Jefferson Street Parade Band is no joke. The ensemble is composed of excellent musicians and their music excels both onstage and on disc. Read More.

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Hayley is a singer-songwriter who would describe her style as “future country”.  She is the 2015 under-18 division champion of the inaugural Ferdinand Folk Festival singer-songwriter competition.  Last year, she performed multiple sets on the Market Stage. At only 16 years of age, Hayley has already made quite a few achievements and is well on her way to achieving that goal of being a professional entertainer. With an ever-growing fan base from live performances and social media, Hayley shows no signs of slowing down.  Read More.

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Born into a math-minded family, Bethany has spent her days creating an artistic side to life that family and friends can enjoy. After graduating from Forest Park High School as a participant in both band and art, she moved on to major in Design and Communication at the University of Evansville. A second-time participant in the Ferdinand Folk Fest Singer-Songwriter Contest and a recent college graduate, Bethany now continues to spread her love of music in her hometown and surrounding communities, and she will be releasing her second original CD in December of 2016.  

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Three classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe. Building from the tonal depth of the cello (or is it a bass?), layer in the shimmering sounds of a violin and the strikingly natural addition of banjo to create a sound at once familiar and impossible to categorize. Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique.  Read More.

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