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Past Covered Bridge Performers

November 2015 - Humming House

Humming House brought their energetic sound and style to Lancaster for a performance at the Fairfield National Bank as a fundraiser for the series.  Their set features new music, traditional favorites and a driving energy the audience thoroughly enjoyed.  A special treat was bass player Ben Jones hails from nearby Granville, Ohio.  This was a fun evening raising support for our cause--bringing interesting songwriters and performers to Lancaster.

September 2015 - John Fullbright

A plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim.  If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.


May 2015 - Ray Wylie Hubbard


A leading figure of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard remains best known for authoring the perennial anthem "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother." Born November 13, 1946, in Soper, Oklahoma, Hubbard and his family relocated to Dallas during the mid-'50s; there he learned to play guitar, eventually forming a folk group with fellow aspiring musician Michael Martin Murphey and was befriended by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
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March 2015 - Amanda Shires Returns


Amanda played an intimate show at Fairfield National Bank in Downtown Lancaster as part of the Covered Bridge Music Series. She had beautiful accompaniment from Stephanie Dickinson on the upright bass. The mesmerizing tracks that evening included songs from her highly acclaimed albums Down Fell the Doves and Swimmer.   This was Amanda’s fourth performance in Lancaster.  She previously performed in our Lancaster Festival on the lawn at OUL and aslo in our inaugural Covered Bridge Series show with her husband Jason Isbell.


October 2015 - Parker Milsap

Milsap played a Covered Bridge Music Series show at Fairfield National Bank in Downtown Lancaster. At only 21 years of age, Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He has garnered a nomination for the Americana Music Association's 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year and has received praise from The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, American Songwriter, The Boston Globe, and NPR, to name a few.
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April 2014 - Elizabeth Cook


Cook is a relentless performer, touring worldwide, including well over 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Her CD, Welder, is the bold declaration of an uncompromising artist unafraid to be exactly who she is.  Welder was on Rolling Stone's list of the 25 Best Albums of 2010. Welder was produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson) and features guest appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller.


September 2013 - The David Mayfield Parade

Mayfield, who is a singer-songwriter,the band leader, and a Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album "The David Mayfield Parade" his follow-up "Good Man Down" was self released and funded with a surprising succesful Kickstarter campaign that more than doubled its initial goal of $18,000.

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May 2013 - Joe Pug


Joe Pug quit his day job as a carpenter, but his remarkable rise in the music world has been driven by the same hard-worn work ethic. His path has been an unusual one, which has often challenged the traditional rulebook of the music industry.

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November 2012 - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with Amanda Shires


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit played in the Wagner Theatre with opening act, Amanda Shires. Isbell and Shires appeared at OUL just before their respective new releases were hailed by music critics everywhere. Isbell’s Southeastern album was ranked #1 best album by NPR rock critic Ken Tucker.  Shires’ Down Fell the Doves received many mentions on top lists as well, including her song Devastate being named to American Songwriters top 50 songs of the year.
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Covered Bridge Music Series-Alejandro Escovedo


Alejandro Escovedo
Saturday April 30, 2016
Hospitality Outdoors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:30pm


The Covered Bridge Music Series is proud to present roots rock stalwart, Alejandro Escovedo.  Alejandro will be performing in a trio format accompanied by cello and keyboards.

Join us for a sensational evening of music in the newly renovated Wagner Theatre at Ohio University-Lancaster on Saturday, April 30th, 2016.  

Hospitality outdoors will begin at 7:00pm featuring music by local duo, Hey Neighbor.  Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and Bob's Backyard BBQ will be available for purchase.

Theatre Doors open at 7:30pm.  Alejandro  Escovedo begins at 8:30pm.

BuyTicketsThere are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers. Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.

EscovedoVerticalHis rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.

“You just do your good work, and people care,” Alejandro says over the phone beginning a promotional tour for his latest work, Street Songs of Love, his tenth solo album. “I always believed, when I was a kid, that if you just worked hard, you would find fulfillment. I think I got a lot of that from my father, and my brothers. A working musician is all I ever wanted to be. Hard work, to stay true to what you want to do, and then eventually someone would notice for that very reason.”

It is a journey that has taken him from Texas to California to New York and back again to Texas, encompassing a breadth of music as varied as the many bands he was part of before embarking on a solo career. In the 1970s, he surfaced on San Francisco’s no- holds-barred punk scene centered around the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach, a guitarist in the Nuns; Rank & File helped unite the disparate worlds of punk and country in the 1980s; and after he moved back to Austin, the True Believers combined all manner of Americana music in a harbinger of what was to come in Alejandro’s solo career which begun in 1992 with the album Gravity.


Purpose Statement - Covered Bridge Music Series

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The Covered Bridge Music Series is a joint venture between Ohio University Lancaster Campus and The Lancaster Festival.  The purpose of the partnership is to showcase fresh and relevant musical talent providing discovery and enjoyment for the campus and Fairfield County communities and the region. The concerts generally take place twice a year (spring and fall) on the Lancaster Campus of Ohio University.