BANDS | MUSICIANS
The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival
proudly presents the music
you’ll be hearing at the 2018 Festival.
The Darrell Scott Band
We are very excited to welcome Darrell Scott to the 2018 Festival. Scott has collaborated with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Verlon Thompson, Guy Clark, Tim O’Brien, Kate Rusby, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Mary Gauthier, Dan Tyminski, and many others. His music has attracted a growing fanbase, and he tours regularly with his own band. His album, Crooked Road, was released May 25, 2010. In early 2005, Scott’s Theatre Of The Unheard won in The 4th Annual Independent Music Awards for Album of the Year.
He won the 2007 Song of the Year award from the Americana Music Association for his song “Hank William’s Ghost” which appears on his album The Invisible Man released in 2006.
“I look like an insider because of everything I‘ve done but I always felt like an outsider,” Darrell Scott says. “And that’s important—to be an outsider.”
He’s also a master. Witness his ability to make just about any instrument talk, listen to his vocals and songwriting to hear him contain every emotion between joy and pain within one verse in his singing and in his pen. Nowadays he’s taking the outsider role even more seriously; after 23 years in Nashville he spent the last year devoting himself to a self-sufficient lifestyle in the country while simultaneously putting together his best album in years.
Nora Jane Struthers
Nora Jane Struthers is “remarkable,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music, “and writes music that is as powerful as anything Jason Isbell released this year.” The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners’ lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. There’s an honesty and energy to Nora Jane’s stage presence; a vulnerability that is part and parcel of great artistry. In one moment, she joyfully leads the audience in a dance party … in the next, she lays her soul bare for the world to hear. A performance by Nora Jane and her band is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the room is having a damn good time.
The Savage Radley
Shaped and inspired by the American South, The Savage Radley is the brainchild of Shaina Goodman, a Kentucky-raised songwriter and Delta farmer’s daughter whose music stomps, twangs, and bangs with all the power of her homeland.
“We’re not throwback country,” she says of her band, a group of pickers and pounders who add electricity, elasticity and grit to her songs. “We’re not looking to be in the mainstream, either. We just want to fill our own corner of this Americana southern landscape.”
When the market crashed in the 1930s, people fled to the movies to find solace in peppy musical numbers and quick-witted dialogue. Today, there’s Poly. Drawing heavily from the rich tradition of American jazz and pop standards of the early 20th century, the Nashville-based Poly seeks nothing more than to entertain their listeners and engage them in a musically nostalgic conversation about inanimate objects, animals, and old movie stars.
“In the world of guitar and sitar duos, I’ve got to imagine that Dawg Yawp is its Simon & Garfunkel. Given that Ravi Shankar wasn’t exactly unknown, it seems bizarre that no one has put these two instruments together; Dawg Yawp may very well be the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of folk music. Oh yes, Tyler Randall and Rob Keenan can also sing and their harmonies, along with the beautiful drone of the instruments, makes for a truly heady jam.” (from Jambase.com)
Leonard the Band
Lew Jetton & 61 South
Ted Borodofsky’s Southern Jazz
Western Movies is the song-writing/recording project of Chris Sullivan. Western Movies is a travelogue of organic musical styles ranging from surf pop and old school lounge to exotica twang, instrumental film music, and cinematic acoustic folk blues.
Enrique Gonzalez has been a big part of the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival for years as a visual artist. His animated and colorful paintings match his vibrant personality and he brings his joy of life to Paducah every year. Many of our guests love to add to their collection of “Enriques” and look forward to seeing him at the Festival. This year the Festival is proud to present Enrique’s talents as a musician! His Latin influenced band Big Maracas will appearing for the first time this year.
Liz Cooper and the Stampede
Liz Cooper spent the majority of her life developing her golf skills, only to drop her college scholarship to move to Nashville and pursue music. Soon after she moved to Nashville in 2012 she recruited Ky Baker and Grant Prettyman to join The Stampede. Liz Cooper & The Stampede have played at Austin City Limits Festival, and have opened for Bermuda Triangle and Desert Noises.When asked what types of music influences her she says “The ’60s, ’70s. Meeting people. My surroundings. Traveling. Jazz. Bossa nova. Random music that I’ll hear when I’m driving through random places.
Bowling Green, KY
Collin Hancock is a singer songwriter from Bowling Green, KY. He released his first solo EP, Magical Thinking, in October 2017. The title track was inspired by Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. The three songs deal with loss and rebirth of the artist’s identity. Currently, he writes and performs with the band, Sugadaisy.
Rip Lee Pryor
The Howlin Brothers
The Wheelhouse Rousters
Captain Freddy and the River Cats
Samuel Snacks Hawkins
Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus
Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus
(McCracken Big Band)
Solid Rock’it Jug Band
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