Elizabeth Cook will headline the sixth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on Saturday, September 19, 2015.
The critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, known for her straightforward lyrics and a musical landscape comparable to no other, has graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry more than 300 times and is the host of the popular “Apron Strings” satellite radio show on Sirius-XM’s Outlaw Country channel. She has released five acclaimed albums, with her 2010 album Welder earning a spot on “Rolling Stone” magazine’s “30 Best Albums of 2010” and the annual Country Music Critics’ Poll. Cook has found a fan in David Letterman, as the popular late-night host has invited her to perform numerous times on his show since her 2011 television debut.
The Festival’s Main Stage will be opened by the overall winner of the first Ferdinand Folk Festival’s singer-songwriter competition, the winner of which will be announced in early August. For more information, as well as access to an online submission form, click here.
The remainder of the sixth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival’s Main Stage lineup is:
The Black Cadillacs: The Black Cadillacs are a five-piece rock band from Tennessee with an original sound that includes influences from 60s era rock and roll to more modern grunge and indie rock. With a focus on high energy live shows and a near constant touring schedule, the band is building a reputation as a road-hardened live act that is not to be missed.
The Way Down Wanderers: Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, this five-piece alternative folk band not only draws listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivates fans with their dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical and rap music. They also have an innate ability to blend unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies.
Hymn for Her: With their unique mash-up of backwoods country, blues, punk, and desert rock psychedelia, this duo creates a “ripsaw” of sound that features (mainly) a kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and a custom-made cigar box guitar.
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters: Nick Dittmeier is a singer-songwriter. A fixture in the Midwestern Americana scene, he released his first solo record Extra Better in 2013 and followed that up with Light of Day in 2014. Relentless touring with his band the Sawdusters has ensued and a new full length album is slotted for early 2016.
Georgia Brown: At 20 months old, Georgia Brown was singing “Jesus Loves Me” into a microphone at church. When she turned 15, she released her first album of original songs, Lighthouse. Now, less than one year later, she has already released another collection of original works, an EP entitled Out of this World.
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