MusicFest XXVI Artist Line-Up
Friday Night – Oct. 4th
Main Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 9:30pm
Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.
Bret Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, Reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans. Bret was born in the small town of Butler PA on March 15, 1963. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock's most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock n roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Bret's solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums. His talent, business acumen and natural candor have solidified him as "a cultural touchdown" in the words of Viacom CEO Judy McGrath, making him one of the most sought after performers, interviews and speakers across multiple platforms & keeping him on the road for each of the last 7 years, for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly. His 2012 Get Your Rock On Tour culminated with yet another string of sold out shows ending on New Year's Eve. Having already made numerous performances and appearances in 2013, his schedule will once again see the singer on the road until the end of the year.
When this multi talented performer is not touring he can be found both in front of and behind the camera as a director, producer and a reality TV superstar. His first foray into reality TV brought the record-breaking "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" franchise to VH1, one of the most successful shows in the network's history, shattering weekly rating records during its run. Following three successful seasons of the show, he teamed up with VH1 for the docu-series "Life As I Know It" setting even more records. Bret has also starred in and won Donald Trump's NBC hit, "Celebrity Apprentice". Coming into the show as the underdog, his tenacity and business sense helped him win the series, raising well over $300,000 for Diabetes research. Michaels latest television endeavor, "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels" will see Michaels and his team revamping and redesigning dilapidated RV's in true rock star form and style.
Bret's constant creativity and drive has helped him build his Michaels Entertainment Group in to a one-man, 100 million dollar empire. Whether it is creating the Pet's Rock Collection for the retail giant PetSmart, partnering with Dean Guitars and designing his first ever signature Bret Michaels' series guitar, promoting healthy living with Good Chime or launching his number one selling Diet Trop a Rocka with Snapple, Michaels is always producing something new. Michaels, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charity and makes donations to not only diabetes awareness and research but to such causes as childhood cancer, wounded warriors, St. Judes Childrens Hospital, PetSmart Charities and more. Having been diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of six, Bret is passionately devoted to raise awareness of the debilitating disease in hopes of finding a cure. He has partnered with both the American Diabetes Association and the JDRF acting as a spokesperson and sponsor, earning him numerous awards from a variety of organizations including the ADA's first ever Chairman's Citation award.
Main Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 9:30pm
Justin Moore hit Nashville in 2009 with a ready-made image. He was the good kid from a small town with a rowdy heart of gold who just happened to be able to sing about it. Moore had grown up in tiny Poyen, Arkansas, where he worked on his grandparents' cattle farm and enjoyed an archetypal American rural childhood. He started singing as early as two years old, and at eight he won a talent show at the local high school. He sang gospel songs in church but spent the rest of his time listening to country music, studying the genre inside and out, focusing on old and new country all at once. He knew what he was doing, too.
Moore may have been from a small town, but he wasn't naïve, and when he finally moved to Nashville after high school, he was prepared and already armed with a manager. Soon he had an attorney, too, and signed a writing deal with Big Picture Music. He later met producer and songwriter Jeremy Stover, and the two began writing together, patiently waiting for the right break.
Moore eventually signed with Big Machine Records, part of Valory Music Company and home to pop-country stars like Taylor Swift and Jewel. By then, Moore had assembled a pretty solid band, which led to some opening spots in 2008 on tours by Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, ZZ Top, and the Rowdy Frynds Tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams, Jr. His first single, "Back That Thing Up," was released later that year and made it onto the country Top 40 charts. A second single, the autobiographically apt "Small Town USA," was released in February 2009. It topped the charts and paved the way for his self-titled debut, Justin Moore, which earned middling reviews from critics but became a Top Ten success nonetheless. In 2011, Moore returned armed with another Top Ten country hit, "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," and a second studio album, Outlaws Like Me. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi
Main Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 6:30pm
With her deep, blues-soaked voice that poignantly captures the pain of the wronged and forgotten, Julie Roberts has quickly become a favorite of the fans and music critics alike. The daughter of an engineer and accountant, Roberts has been singing as long as she can remember. She performed at every opportunity, including class musicals, summer camp productions and beauty pageants. During junior high and high school, she spent her weekends playing festivals in the Southeast. She spent summers working at music shows in Carowinds, a theme park in Charlotte, N.C., and Dollywood in East Tennessee. She attended the University of South Carolina-Lancaster for two years before transferring to Nashville's Belmont University to focus on her music. She performed in local clubs and restaurants until graduation, after which she landed a job as the assistant to Luke Lewis, Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville. Without telling any of her co-workers, she began working during her off-time with producer Brent Rowan, who eventually played Roberts demo to Lewis without telling him who it was. Floored by the demo, Lewis asked to meet the singer, so Rowan directed the surprised music executive to the young woman sitting just outside his door.
Entertainment Weekly awarded her self-titled debut CD an A, calling it one of the most auspicious debuts in years. The New York Times said Roberts aching and resolute hit "Break Down Here" was one of the year's best country ballads. Spotting her talent early, CMT selected Roberts to be the first artist ever to appear in “In the Moment,” the music networks hour-long documentary on the making of a star. The album was certified gold and led to two Horizon Award nominations from the Country Music Association, Top New Artist and Top New Female Vocalist nominations from the Academy of Country Music, as well as a Breakthrough Artist nomination from the CMT Awards. She delivered two memorable performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, was chosen over artists in all musical genres to sing the Good To Go theme song of the television show Good Morning America and joined pop superstar Rihanna in a Clinique HAPPY campaign. Roberts followed this with the equally critically acclaimed sophomore release Men & Mascara, joining with veteran producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack.) Showing her maturity as an artist, vocalist and writer, Roberts co-wrote four tracks on the CD. Acclaimed music critic Bob Oermann called the title track and first single "captivating in the extreme." After a few years of non-stop touring, appearances and walking on some of the nation’s most famous stages, Julie took some time away from the spotlight to focus on herself. She moved to Hollywood, CA…living on her own, studying acting and spending much time on an ongoing project of writing a screenplay based on her life with the writer of the award winning movie Coal Miner's Daughter, the story of one of Julie's inspirations, Loretta Lynn. After nearly a year in California, Roberts knew it was time to return to her love, making music. She moved back to Nashville with a newly revived confidence and passion to create. Shortly after her return to Nashville, the devastating flood of May 2010 left Julie and many others without a home. The flood recovery stalled the release of her third album by a year. By June 2011 though, Julie had aligned herself with some of Nashville's elite songwriters and musicians, focusing on what she loves best…those emotional and heart-felt songs for which country music is known. By doing so, she released her first independent album, “Alive,” on her own label, Ain’t Skeerd Records. The Washington Post defined the album by calling it, “an album in which she traffics in familiar heartbreak but delivers her lyrics with a little more fire in her lungs. The music is striking.” Julie rounded out 2011 with the second release from her own label, a Christmas EP, “Who Needs Mistletoe,” which received great praise from the New York Times, which called the title track, “one of several great songs on this release, which might be Ms. Roberts's best work since her smoldering self-titled 2004 debut. Like that album, this EP is spare and desperate-sounding, with plenty of spaces for Ms. Roberts's lovely husky voice to seep into.” Knowing she is truly blessed to be doing what she loves, Roberts spends much of her time, when not working on music, sharing her talent with several charity organizations close to her heart. She recently joined with the organization Magdalene as the first female country artist to embark on a women's prisons tour…performing, sharing her story and providing hope along the way.
Many doors have opened changing the life of the petite blonde who has fond memories of singing along to the country songs blaring out of the radio in her mother's white truck in Carolina. She's learned a tremendous amount about life and herself on this remarkable journey, from white trucks to red carpets… and it is just beginning.
Main Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 8pm
When music is ingrained into your being to the point that it becomes a part of your DNA, pursuing a career on stage is the natural progression of things. For Los Angeles native and music aficionado, Austin Brown, music and performance has been an integral part of his being since he began arranging and transposing songs at the tender age of 5 years old. Today, Austin is focused on cultivating his passions as an artist and perfecting his craft along the way.
Nathaniel Austin Brown began his foray into music after years of watching his influential musical family both create and revolutionize the modern-day music landscape. From the beginning, Austin excelled in music production, so when he came of age, music became his sole focus and the artist Austin Brown was born. Like many music prodigies, Austin Brown cut his teeth by ghostwriting songs for other artists, working under the aegis of various influential producers including Tim and Bob, Joe Simpson, The Underdogs and Corey Rooney, positioning Austin alongside today's influential musical power players.
Austin's musical journey can be described as many things; eclectic, exciting, creative, innovative… but never mundane. His style effortlessly fuses rock, R&B, soul and funk to construct a melodic platform that relates to many people on multiple levels. "My music is inspired by life, everyday situations and wanting to pay homage to the people who inspired me to make music", says Austin. "I make music for people to enjoy and for them to have a sense of escapism. I want my music to take you through the trials and tribulations of the world."
With musical inspirations that range as diversely as his music, Austin aptly credits Quincy Jones, A Tribe Called Quest, Prince and The Beatles as his idols. A notable array of musical inspirations include Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, George Michael, his uncle Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Sly and the Family Stone. It is this eclectic repertoire of motivators and his overall passion for the art of music that has allowed Austin to steadily break through the boundaries of contemporary musicianship and artistry. This zeal is the driving force behind the Back Pack Kids movement that defines Austin's musical direction and the fanbase that has helped create the artist that he is today.
Austin Brown recently released his highly-anticipated project, Highway 85. The 13-track mixtape was regarded by many, fans and critics alike, as a work of art that showcased Austin's musical prowess and innovativeness with popular tracks "Ménage A Trois" and "Stargazer". Highway 85 demonstrates why artists such as Miguel, Lupe Fiasco, Ciara and Eric Benet are among the various musical peers who have performed with Austin and have supported him throughout the years.
As the culture of music continues to evolve and transition, so does Austin's role in the music game. Not just a mere singer, Austin has continued producing music in addition to his work as an entertainer. He has produced and penned songs for various artists including Interscope Records artist JoJo, whose critically acclaimed Agape mixtape features four songs co-written and produced by Austin Brown. Having performed on various high-profile shows including pop megastation KIIS-FM Los Angeles' Wango Tango, Fox's "Good Day NY" and BET's "106 & Park", and being featured on Ryan Seacrest's AXS Live, CNN's SXSW stage and BET's Music Matters Showcase, Austin Brown is laying the groundwork necessary to transition into the next phase of his career, and he's having a great time doing it.
Main Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8pm
Born and raised in North Louisiana in a little place called Cypress Bottom, Frank Foster started down his road working in the Gulf of Mexico on an oil rig. Now, playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South, Foster has drawn attention from such notables as Hank Williams Jr., all the while increasing a devoted fan-base wherever he performs. His latest album, “Red Wings and Six Strings,” debuted at #2 on ITunes. Having always been a huge music lover and listening to Hank Williams when he was just 3 years old, Foster was drawn to outlaw country and southern rock. A guitar fell in Foster’s lap when he was just barely out of High School and changed his life. From the oil rig to the night club, Foster started playing music wherever he had the chance, and it didn’t take long for people to start noticing his unique talent and style. Foster’s music has finally begun to fulfill his dream of living off of his guitar. “Luckily, people have liked my music enough to give me the confidence to really make a go of it. So here it goes...” – Frank Foster
Randall Shreve & the Sideshow
Main Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 6:30pm
Randall Shreve & the Sideshow brings their own wine-soaked flavor of indie rock to audiences around the country. Their music, which has been described as "Vaudeville Rock," derives its unmistakable sound from influences such as Queen, Muse, The Beatles, and Jeff Buckley, but plays them against the dark and sultry backdrop of cabaret. While the rock is thoroughly modern, it exudes the ambition, grit and glamour of Old Hollywood, and manages to transport the listener back in time to an earlier era. Fans have come to expect not only exceptional musicianship from their live shows, but a unique entertainment experience. They never leave disappointed.
Front man Randall Shreve is a multi-talented artist who has worn many hats: singer,songwriter, musician, and producer (not to mention the ubiquitous fedora!); but first and foremost, he is the quintessential entertainer. His live shows are charged with electricity, and he possesses that rare charisma that takes over rooms.
Before finding his voice, Randall played drums for several Grammy award-winning bands, produced and played on over fifty recordings, toured extensively in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and even took a role in a movie starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. But in 2006 he found his true calling. He released his solo debut, "the Cure for Yesterday," and the world was introduced to a very powerful singer and songwriter.
Randall immediately began work on his sophomore project which would showcase his darker side as well as an increasing depth and honesty in his songwriting. In 2008, at Legacy Studios in New York, Shreve recorded "the Entertainer," which dives back into the Vaudeville era and captures the glamour, grit, and ambition of early Hollywood. Soon after, he began to assemble his band, The Sideshow.
In 2011 he completed his first full band recording, "The Jester," which continues the vaudeville tradition. However, where "The Entertainer" was brandy and wine, "The Jester" is whiskey and gin. The Entertainer throws off his sweet and charming persona to reveal his alter ego, the sinister Jester.
The songwriting chops of Randall Shreve melded with the smelting rock and roll ofnthe Sideshow gives this new project a gritty power that is sure to make it Randall's best yet.
PJ's Coffee Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 3pm
Rachel Hale is the talented daughter of Kim and Gene Hale of Prescott, Arkansas. Rachel began singing across the country at a young age. At only 13, she won the title of Pre-Teen America. As Pre-Teen America, Rachel traveled across the United States singing and speaking to hundreds of girls at state conventions.
In 2007, Rachel applied and was accepted to the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA): a high school started by President Clinton when he was Governor of Arkansas. It was at ASMSA that Rachel began formally writing her own music. In addition, she was a member of a folk music and acoustic group that played local venues. In the spring of her junior year, Rachel was selected to sing for Governor Bebe during the school's senior graduation program. While at ASMSA, Rachel played the role of Ronnette in the musical Little Shop of Horrors and Lady Larken in the musical Once Upon a Mattress. In addition, she was the ASMSA Annual Talent Show winner in 2008 and 2009.
Rachel has entertained at various festivals, fundraisers, telethons, and political rallies across Southwest Arkansas and East Texas. She has also performed on the infamous Johnnie High's Country Music Review in Arlington, Texas. Rachel competed and won the opportunity to open for country star Tracy Byrd at his concert in Hope, Arkansas. She also opened for Joe Nichols.
In 2009, Rachel began attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN. where she majored in Songwriting with a minor in Music Business. In 2012, Rachel was asked to perform an original song at Belmont's "Homecoming in the Round" Concert. She shared the stage with legends such as Peter Frampton, Ricki Skaggs, Larry Stewart (lead singer of Restless Heart), Rachael Lampa, Ginny Owens, Drew Ramsey, Gordon Kennedy, Matt Wertz, and Ben Cooper.
While interning in Los Angeles for Patriot Records, Rachel auditioned for Season 12 of American Idol. Rachel was a featured contestant and was a top 20 female finalist competing in the "live" shows. The judges named her the "happiest contestant" because she was always smiling. Due to American Idol, many doors have opened, and Rachel is currently writing, recording, and working on an EP in Nashville, TN. Rachel wants to share her music with the world in an effort to make it a better place, and she aims to do just that.
The Drew Henderson Band
MURPHY USA Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 10pm
A favorite of the Arkansas and Texas club scene. The Drew Henderson Band stays true to their rich country heritage playing old and new country favorites and the best fop Southern Rock. Hailing from Delight, AR, The Drew Henderson Band has played the best clubs and the funnest crowds. Don't miss your chance to see these fan favorites!
MURPHY USA Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 8pm
Swamp Donky was formed a few years ago by a group of guys that have individually been playing music longer than they haven't played music. Two brothers, Eric and Leif Shively, have been playing guitar and singing together their entire life. Being from the same neck of the woods as the other members of what we now know as Swamp Donky, it didn't take long until the guys all started rubbing musical elbows and jamming together on and off through the years.. Eric and Leif joined forces with Jesse Eason and Greg McHam in 2011 and started an all acoustic project, playing they're brand of deep rooted North Louisiana, back porch, hoof stompin', down to earth music that put a smile in their souls.. It wasn't long until the song writing began and opportunities started coming their way. Sticking to their roots and their work hard, play hard attitude, Swamp Donky has been blessed to be a part of raising money for SMA research and other fund raising events for some wonderful kids. Their original songs are now being featured on Fun Radio 92.7 in regular rotation and have even gained some attention form cast members from Swamp People and Duck Dynasty. It was a real treat for the guys to learn that 'Liz from Swamp People actually called to request one of their songs!
2013 brings the Swamp Donky circle to completion with a fifth member, drummer Kevin Davis.. Now, as a full electric band, Swamp Donky will be heading to the studio to record their second album. Keep up with their new releases on Reverbnation, FaceBook and itunes. Also, tune in to Fun Radio 92.7 and be listening for some Swamp Donky.. It'll just make ya feel good! If you haven't had the chance to catch a Donky show or, listen to their brand of Country"Fried"Southern-Rock , you should make the time.. Come on out, kick up them hooves and have a good ol' time and let Swamp Donky put a smile on your soul.. 'Cause, no one does it quite like the Donky!
Band of Stepbrothers
MURPHY USA Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 6pmBand of Step Brothers have released their second full-length album, "Critter Critter" and have sold over 500 albums locally and have even been contacted by the stars of the hit show Swamp People about the band's tribute song. They performed at their hometown festival this April and was joined there by Elizabeth Cavelier, who is one of the stars of Swamp Man. Band of Stepbrothers are gaining wider spanned recognition but won't stop there. The band hopes to start touring within the next year.
PJ's Coffee Stage – Friday, Oct. 4th, 5pm & again at 11pm
Mix Tape is a Dallas band bringing new life and energy to the live music scene. As a 6 member band with musicians from different backgrounds and experiences, a group was formed to bring about a vibrant and entertaining live music experience.
Finally, there is a band out there that plays all the songs we all want to hear. With an all cover set list from the 80s to current day, you will see why Mix Tape is often called a great show! Come out and see what the excitement is all about. You will be surely singing and dancing along with every song!
Mix Tape is not just another cover band - it's a show!
Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 10pm
A Henderson State University/ Ellis College of Arts & Sciences Alumni, Anna Williams, lead vocalist, moved back from Dallas, TX January 2011 after being in the great beyond 20 years During her walk-about, she has shared the stage with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Texas Country heart throb Deryl Dodd, Blues Legend Gerry Moss, and opened for several country and rock artists from Little Big Town to Uncle Kracker.
Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 8pm
Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 6pm
Flag Waving: Ask Jim Mize why he started writing songs, and he'll confess, with a booming barrelhouse cackle, "I was tryin' to get in this girl's pants, and you have to use all the keys you can!"
If those tunes were as good as the songs on No Tell Motel, his debut on the Oxford, Mississippi Stump Grinder Records, he probably didn't have to worry.
Mize is a native of Conway, Arkansas and his music is a rough-edged and winning combination of Dixie rock'n'roll, honk – tonk country and juke-joint blues. "It's a Southern deal," he says.
Mize formulated his style during 20 years of playing VFW halls (he's a Vietnam vet who enlisted, with false papers, at age 16) and beer joints, with side trips to such locales as the late Junior Kimbrough's Holly Springs, Mississippi juke joint...
Through his colleague, Dale Beavers – who has played with such Fat Possum Record acts as Paul "Wine" Jones and Kenny Brown (and appears on No Tell Motel) – he wound up recording his material at Bruce Watson's Water Valley, Mississippi Studio the Money Shot. Present for the sessions were Cary Hudson and Laurie Stirratt of Blue Mountain.
The result is a splendid and hard-to-categorize set of soulfully crafted songs, bawled to perfection by Mize. Some of the best of these – "Emily Smiles" (Mize says of the songs subject. "She's crazy!") and "Let's Go Running" – found there way into Blue Mountain's latter-day sets.
Mize hopes to record again soon. He says of live work, "I'm a little lazy. Reason is, I'm picky... I try to play where I want to play and have the most fun at it. As far as plain' the honky-tonks go, I've done all that."
Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 4pm
The Frontier Circus has lots of humor. They bring dis-order to an overly harmonized life. They look different, they sound different, they are different. Part of their craziness is the sheer combination of different genres which, according to conventional wisdom, conflict with one another: country and western, psychedelic rock, and fifties rock and roll.
Their debut album, a collection of the band's "a little bit psycho ... a little bit Western" released to critical acclaim. Stage favorites from coast to coast,The Frontier Circus is a guaranteed One-Of- A-Kind Good Time!
Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2pm
Fifteen-year-old award-winning guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson from Shreveport, LA began performing professionally in 2010 and since then "has achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration", according to International Musician magazine. With musical influences as diverse as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Maroon 5 and John Mayer, Davidson is a triple-threat: guitarist, vocalist and songwriter…performing rock, blues and pop with equal command. Matthew released his debut EP "Step Up" in 2012, produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn. "Matthew has been making some major waves in the music world, and stunning the ears of multiple guitar enthusiasts and organizations across the country", reports Guitar International. To date, Matthew has over 225 performances to his credit.
Acclaimed photographer Robert Knight recently invited Matthew to join "The Brotherhood of the Guitar" (BOTG). The BOTG is a project launched by Knight and sponsored by Fender Guitar, Guitar Center, and Ernie Ball. The BOTG's purpose is to shine a spotlight on a select group of unsigned up-and-coming young guitar players from around the world. Knight recently filmed an interview with Matthew and photographed him at the Guitar Center in Shreveport. Matthew will be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Center's monthly national catalog "At: Guitar Center".
Matthew was the 2011 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award. "His style was advanced for his age," said Steven Johnson, Robert's grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. "It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing. I know Matthew will be a great ambassador for the Foundation".
Matthew was selected as the guitarist for the 2011 "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" Rock Camp Band. Four young musicians were selected from a group of over 300 applicants. During the camp, the band performed both live on the air on "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" (a nationally syndicated radio show) and at the Dallas House of Blues with Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy.
Matthew partnered with The Chinn Guitar Project by performing at Seacrest Studios in Children's Medical Center in Dallas. At this event, donated guitars were presented to the hospital's Music Therapy Program.
Davidson got his first taste of guitar at the age of three, when he received a toy guitar for Christmas. He started taking lessons on an acoustic guitar in the second grade and won his first electric guitar in the 2007 James Burton Foundation's Guitar Showdown. He was the youngest of eight student guitarists selected to play with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at his 2009 Artbreak Concert.
Matthew performed in the Youth Showcase at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN and while there jammed at the B. B. King Blues Club. He also was selected to perform in the "Texas 10 under 20 Showcase" at the Dallas International Guitar Festival. In Mississippi, Matthew has played at the B.B. King Museum and the B.B. King Homecoming Concert in Indianola, The Temple Theatre in Meridian, the Delta Blues Fest in Greenville, and the Ground Zero Blues Club and Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration in Clarksdale. Matthew has performed at Rock 'N' Bowl, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and The Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans, Bibb Graves Hall in Alabama, The Strand Theatre, and on the stage of the legendary Municipal Auditorium, home of the famed Louisiana Hayride. Matthew is the youngest member to date of the American Federation of Musicians Local 116, having joined at the age of twelve. His most recent honor was being invited to join Kenny Wayne Shepherd on stage at the 59Twenty Music Festival in Meridian, MS.
Matthew's 4-piece band, The Matthew Davidson Band, made their debut on June 25, 2010 and they have been in demand ever since! The Matthew Davidson Band's ever-growing list of appearances includes: The New Orleans Jazz Fest, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, Baton Rouge FestForAll, The State Fair of Louisiana, Dallas House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, Ft. Worth Mayfest, the KTBS 3 Independence Day Festival, Holiday in Dixie, The T-Bone Walker Blues Festival, The East Texas State Fair, The Krewe of Centaur Mardi Gras Parade, Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Independence Stadium, and many more.
PJ's Coffee Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 4:30pm & again at 11pm
The Neal Street Strummers
PJ's Coffee Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 1:30pm
PJ's Coffee Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 12pm
Nakeysha Brown is the 2013 winner of the Sunday Voice gospel music competition. Her powerful vocals brought down the house and opened countless doors for this talented singer.
School Stage Acts
PJ's Coffee Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 9am
The Train Car at Corrine Court Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 5pm
Dayton Waters is a phenomenal 12-string guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Those who have had the privilege of seeing him in performance are forever touched by the connection he makes with his audience. Dayton's talent, energy, and charisma create a show unlike any other you will ever experience.
So, for those of you who may be new to the DAYTON WATERS EXPERIENCE, there is no way to prepare you for one of his shows, other than to say "Sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the ride of your life!"
Trey Johnson Trio
The Train Car at Corrine Court Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 3pm
The Train Car at Corrine Court Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 1:30pm
The Train Car at Corrine Court Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 11:30am
Monty Russell is a singer, songwriter, Americana radio personality, and concert promoter based in Northern Louisiana. He is currently touring to promote his latest recording "The Fool Monty Russell," produced by Texas music icon Walt Wilkins and Goose Creek Symphony fiddler Tim Lorsch, which received extensive radio play on Texas and Louisiana radio. Russell is also the co-host of the "The Roadhouse," a wildly popular Americana "Y'allternative" radio program in its 12th season on KXKZ 107.5, a 100,000 watt station based in Ruston, LA.
After having been taught to accompany himself by sliding a knife blade over an open E tuned guitar at the age of 8, and having been immersed throughout his youth with the honky-tonk, gospel, western swing, and blues music played by his Grandfather Leon Russell, a rural self-taught barrelhouse piano player, guitarist, and fiddler, Monty set out on a musical journey that has lasted over 30 years. He has played theatres, listening rooms, festivals, honky-tonks, churches, and any other place people would listen.
Over the past decade, he has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Little Feat, Merle Haggard, Reckless Kelly, Blues Traveler, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Charlie Daniels, Confederate Railroad, Bucky Covington, Robert Earl Keen, Delbert McClinton, David Alan Coe, Pat Green, Jerry Jeff Walker, Paul Thorn, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Del McCoury, Radney Foster, Reckless Kelly, Pete Anderson, and many others.
The Murphy USA Stage – Saturday, Oct. 5th, 12pm
Southern Koast is the new country duo of Keith Owens and Susan Tolin who, along with guitarist KC Wright, will be playing an acoustic set of classic and new country, southern rock and pop tunes to start your MusicFest Saturday off with a bang.