BANDS  |  MUSICIANS

The Lower Town Arts and Music Festival

proudly presents the music

you’ll be hearing at the 2018 Festival.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival |Darrell Scott | music
Lower Town Arts & Music Festival |Darrell Scott | music
Darrell Scott

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Nora Jane Struthers | music

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | The Savage Radley | music

The Savage Radley

Murray, KY

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.”

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Poly | music

Poly

Nashville, TN

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Wombo | music

Wombo

Louisville, KY

Although Wombo is a little more heavy, menacing and ominous than the chaotic, yet catchy indie that they produced in The Debauchees, Sydney Chadwick and Cameron Lowe are still dedicated to their trademark strange and complex arrangements. The three-piece band they started with drummer Joel Taylor recently released their debut album Staring At Trees, which is rich in emotion, from the manic vocals to the shifting rhythms, layers, melodies and breakdowns. The music pivots quickly and fluidly, resulting in something that’s ambitious and driving, a psychedelic post-punk ride into slightly new territory for Chadwick and Lowe. (Scott Recker)
Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Dawg Yawp | music

Dawg Yawp

Cincinatti, OH

“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)

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Leonard the Band| music

Leonard the Band

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Lew Jetton & 61 South | music

Lew Jetton & 61 South

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Ted Borodofsky's Southern Jazz | music

Ted Borodofsky’s Southern Jazz

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Daniel Morrow | music

Daniel Morrow

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Fairseas| music

Fairseas

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Fabled Canelands | music

Fabled Canelands

Lexington, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Ford Theatre Reunion | music

Darrin Hacquard

Lexington, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Cruel Waves| music

Cruel Waves

Murray, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Western Movies | music

Western Movies

Lexington, KY

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Big Maracas | music

Big Maracas

Lexington, KY

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Liz Cooper and the Stampede | music

Liz Cooper and the Stampede

Nashville, TN

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Collin Hancock| music

Collin Hancock

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.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Rip Lee Pryor | music

Rip Lee Pryor

Carbondale, IL

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Leight July | music

Leight July

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Ona | music

Ona

Huntington, WV

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | The Howlin Brothers | music

The Howlin Brothers

Nashville, TN

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | The Wheelhouse Rousters | music

The Wheelhouse Rousters

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Quiet Hollers | music

Quiet Hollers

Louisville, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Jeremy Short | music

Jeremy Short

Huntington, WV

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Captain Freddy and the River Cats | music

Captain Freddy and the River Cats

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Samuel Snacks Hawkins | poetry

Samuel Snacks Hawkins

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus| music

Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Paducah Symphony Children's Chorus | music

Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus

 

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | McBig Band | music

McBig Band

(McCracken Big Band)

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Solid Rock'it Jug Band | music

Solid Rock’it Jug Band

Paducah, KY

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival | Aaron West| music

Aaron West

Louisville, KY

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