FREDERICK FOLK FEST
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PAST PERFORMERS

Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band (Hard-touring, foot-stompin', guitar beatin', upright lickin', washboard scratchin,' banjo pickin' madness with a voice like The Devil Herself)

Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band (Hard-touring, foot-stompin', guitar beatin', upright lickin', washboard scratchin,' banjo pickin' madness with a voice like The Devil Herself)

Megan Jean and the KFB, or Klay Family Band, arrange a demented blend of americana, punk, dance, and the avant-garde that they’ve taken to describing as, “a metal band, if it was 1927.”

Inventive percussion, electrified banjo, and a voice like the Devil Herself have earned Megan Jean and the KFB a dedicated following all over the East Coast. Calling the road home on a “never-ending tour,” this transient married duo has taken their nomadic musical lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, and musical styles. This is a band that lives to perform, and is fueled by sheer guts and know how.

In April of 2012, the band was featured on PBS performing their original composition “These Bones” as part of a music documentary series Music Voyager, which broadcast internationally.  In July of 2012 they were named the winners of the “Under The Radar Competition” at FloydFest in Floyd VA, which earned them a spot on the main stage in 2013. They have shared the stage with Shovels and Rope, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Rising Appalachia.

On March 1st of 2013, the duo released their 2nd full-length album, The Devil Herself, recorded at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, and is currently recording their third album entirely analogue.

The Harmaleighs (Melodic Folk Duo)

The Harmaleighs (Melodic Folk Duo)

Photo: Angela Laurienzo Photography for Frederick Folk Fest

Nashville, TN, folk duo The Harmaleighs are comprised of Haley Grant (Guitar/Vocals) and Kaylee Jasperson (Bass/Vocals). They found a mutual love for folk/Americana and started creating music together in early 2013. Their memorable melodies and attention grabbing lyrics will keep you wanting more if their awkward  (and hilarious) stage banter doesn’t.

They have played major festivals such as Phases of the Moon, Musikfest, BMI’s 8 off 8th, Nashville Pride and Key West Songwriters Feat. They released their debut EP, People Line Up, in August 2013 and have toured across the country.

Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue (Country Swing)

Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue (Country Swing)

Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue is an Americana, country, and rockabilly group from New Orleans, LA., that incorporates original material with the best of country, rockabilly and western.

Laura Mae Socks (Classic Country)

Laura Mae Socks (Classic Country)

Laura Mae Socks writes songs that reflect the sparse landscape of the rural prairie in Southwest Louisiana where she calls home. Often described as haunting due to her lilting vocal style she plays songs reminiscent of a bygone era of country music. In addition to paying homage to the old-style country standards she learned from her mother, a country singer as well, Laura Mae performs a bunch of her original songs.

The Skeleton Twins (Harmonious Ballads)

The Skeleton Twins (Harmonious Ballads)

Photo: Angela Laurienzo Photography for Frederick Folk Fest

Skeleton Twins are a Folk duet from Frederick, MD.  Michelle Solomon, a Blues & Jazz singer who has spent the last two and a half years in Santa Fe, NM, cultivating a unique sound and style, has just recently moved back to Frederick, MD, to partner up with local singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Austin Nuckols. Together they’ve created a bare-as-bone, traditional country music sound with haunting harmonies that are bound to shake and move you to your core.  While they have just started down the path of their new musical endeavor, these two are bound for the promised land, guitar and microphone in hand.

Cheshi (Doom Folk)

Cheshi (Doom Folk)

Photo: Angela Laurienzo Photography for Frederick Folk Fest

An emotional soul constructing musical ballads for the tender at heart. Some call her music dark folk. Some call it Southern Gothic. Some call it haunting. Many call it memorable.

Tiny Timbers (Folk)

Tiny Timbers (Folk)

Analog Film Photo: Kayleigh Montgomery for Frederick Folk Fest

Rootsy enough to remind you of your favorite founding folk-fathers, but with the energy and air to entice indie lovers as well. Tiny Timbers is the musical project of Alex Champage, longtime Baltimore musician and, notably, the founder of Baltimore Folk Fest. These songs are the stomping rhythms and chiming melodies floating around in his head.

Have you ever fallen asleep with the windows open, the wind blowing in, the fan circulating, the house breathing and creaking, a rhythm is set. You rise in the morning to birds making their daily calls, the neighborhood awake and buzzing, and it’s melody sits slightly askew, but it’s a song you can’t shake all day.

Skribe (Garage Folk)

Skribe (Garage Folk)

Skribe is known for a unique style of urban, bluesy, stompin’, punch-you-in-the-face folk sound—imagine John Prine in a can of spray paint, then splayed in big bold crooked characters across the side of a moving freight train. His music roars with his own kind of explosive energy. For me Tom Waits came to mind. But forget Waits or Prine. Aaron Yealdhall (the man behind Skribe) sounds like Aaron Yealdhall. The only way to catch the spirit is to go hear him yourself.

Katie Powderly & the Unconditional Lovers (Narrative-Driven Americana)

Katie Powderly & the Unconditional Lovers (Narrative-Driven Americana)

Photo: Dave Mentzer

Katie has been on PBS & NPR, and has toured from New York to Colorado, Texas to Tennessee.  She has shared bills with Tony Rice, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Black Lillies, Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, The David Mayfield Parade, Woody Pines, Jill Andrews, The Honeycutters, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices, The Deadstring Brothers, and many others.  She and her band have sold out every show they have played in their home town in the last year, and are currently playing and headlining festivals in front of audiences of several thousand people.  Her singing and harmonies have been likened to Gillian Welch (Isthmus, Madison, WI) and Gram Parsons (City Paper, Rochester, NY.)

Katie is a songwriter’s songwriter. Her music is for people who pay attention: lovers of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, her mentor Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, and folks who appreciate a person who can turn a damn phrase. Ms. Powderly can turn a damn phrase.  Lucky for her she can also sing, belting it out when necessary, and she’s put together quite a hot little back up band, The Unconditional Lovers, in her new home of Frederick, MD.

She used to be sad, writing forlorn and longing lyrics for former lovers, aching ballads beckoning back the one(s?) who got away. But not anymore. Nowadays she’s more like Nikki Lane: confident, badass, not afraid to tell the truth, maybe even name names. In the words of Joni Mitchell, “she’s just so busy being free.”

The Woodshedders (Americana with Jam & Bluegrass Influences)

The Woodshedders (Americana with Jam & Bluegrass Influences)

The Woodshedders bring the influence of vintage American music forward in its songwriting. The band is known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds.“

The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, PBS Song of the Mountains, WAMU’s Capital Americana, and are the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.

2013 brings release of The Woodshedders’ all-original album, “Wildfire,” is a storybook ramble that explores the band’s diverse roots music influences, and spotlights its virtuosic members.

“The opening track “Highway” sets the listener on the road of travel, hope, and heartbreak, as singer and guitarist, Dwayne Brooke tones the album with charismatic vocals and lyricism. Lead guitarist and mandolinist, Jared Pool’s original tune “Keel Reel,” is a rowdy flatpicking instrumental that rides the line of traditional and modern bluegrass, and further highlights The Woodshedders’ dynamic sound.”

“Jesse Shultzaberger (drums) and Ryan Mayo (bass, piano) lay down deep, cohesive grooves throughout “Wildfire”. This is especially felt on “O Dig”, a funky, off-kilter dance number. Fiddlin’ Dave Van Deventer elevates the tension to new heights on “Phantom on the Highway,” as the 60’s era Leslie organ speaker haunts the sound of the wild and raucous fiddle.

The Get Right Band (Booty-Shaking Dance Music)

The Get Right Band (Booty-Shaking Dance Music)

THE GET RIGHT BAND is “hip-shaking, earthquaking pure funk fun” (The Alternate Root). They are one of Relix Magazine’s “On The Verge” picks, Home Grown Music Network’s 2015 “Best New Band of the Year,” and were voted “Best Progressive Band” in Western North Carolina by Mountain Xpress readers. They have performed on the famed World Cafe, a nationally syndicated NPR show, and have brought their unique sound to major festivals and venues such as FloydFest, The Orange Peel, Music City Roots TV Show, The Green Parrot, Arlene’s Grocery, and Riverbend Fest. Combining catchy, clever, honest  songwriting with musical expertise and fearless improvisation, the live show promises to move your head, heart, and hips.

“An ass shaking good time.”
-Relix Magazine