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Past Covered Bridge Performers

 

April 2017 - Parker Milsap

 
Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven narratives. He recently wrapped up a banner year in 2016, which included his network television debut on CONAN, an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an Austin City Limits taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year. Parker's most recent release, The Very Last Day, has received praise from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, LA Times, Austin Chronicle and Rolling Stone to name a few.
 
 

September 2016 - Langhorne Slim & the Law w/ Aubrie Sellers

 

Langhorne Slim & The Law and special guest, Aubrie Sellers delivered a lively outdoor performance at the historic Covered Bridge at Ohio University Lancaster. Headliner Langhorne Slim & The Law are currently on tour with the Lumineers and will join the Avett Brothers’ tour before coming to perform at Ohio University Lancaster. Their recent release "The Spirit Moves" is the follow-up to their previous album "The Way We Move" that was hailed by music lovers. If you've seen a Langhorne Slim & The Law performance, chances are you've never forgotten it.

 

Learn More at http://www.langhorneslim.com/ and http://www.aubriesellers.com/

 

April 2016 - Alejandro Escovedo

 
Alejandro Escovedo has performed and collaborated with Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, John Dee Graham, Chuck Prophet, and in 1998, No Depression magazine named him Artist of the Decade. After experiencing serious health issues, he recorded his album Real Animal in 2008, Street Songs of Love in 2010 and Big Station in 2012.  All three albums were produced by Tony Visconti, a long-time collaborator with David Bowie.  Escovedo recently has been touring around tribute shows to musical greats Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, David Bowie and John Prine.
 

 

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.
 
Learn More at http://raywylie.com/

 

 

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.
 
Learn more at www.parkermillsap.com
 

 

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.

Learn more at www.davidmayfieldparade.net
 
 

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.
 

Learn more at www.joepugmusic.com

 

 

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.
 
Learn more at www.jasonisbell.com

 

 


 

 

 

Covered Bridge Music Series-Paul Thorn

 

Paul Thorn
8 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017

 

Paul Thorn to Perform at Ohio University Lancaster

 

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The Covered Bridge Music Series is pleased to present a live music performance by Paul Thorn starting at 8 p.m., Saturday September 30, 2017 at Ohio University Lancaster. This will be an outdoor show on the Covered Bridge stage.  All seating is General Admission. There will be a cash bar.  Non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by the Burrito Buggy and Bobcat Bistro will also be available for purchase. Gates open at 6:00pm. with opening act, Apple and the Moon at 7pm.

 

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Tickets are available for $25 at www.coveredbridge.tix.com.

Tickets for Children 17 & Under are $10.

Admission for Ohio University students is free with a valid, current OHIO (student) ID.

All seating is General Admission. 
 

Paul Thorn's new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer.

 

"In the past, I've told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life," the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. "This time, I've written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I've done it with a purpose: to make people feel good."

 

 

 

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. "I'd ask, 'How you doin', sister?' And what I'd often hear back was, 'I'm too blessed to be stressed.'" In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who've been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

 

Thorn's trademark humor is abundant throughout the album. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. "I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on 'Backslide,' " Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds' slide guitar and Thorn's gently arching melody. "But," Thorn protests, "I know I'm not the only one who says he's gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!"

 

Mediocrity Is King takes a wider swipe, aiming at our culture's hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like Everything Is Gonna Be All Right, a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it's done with Thorn's unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart.

 

"I don't think I could have written anthemic songs like this if I hadn't made my last album," Thorn says of 2012's What the Hell is Goin' On?. Like 2010's autobiographical Pimps & Preachers, it was among its year's most played CDs on Americana radio and contributed to Thorn's rapidly growing fan base. And Thorn followed that airplay success with his current AAA-radio hit version of Doctor My Eyes from April 2014's Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne. The latter also features Grammy winners Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, the Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Keb' Mo', Ben Harper and Don Henley.

 

What the Hell is Goin' On? was also Thorn's first set of songs written by other artists, borrowed from the catalogs of Allen Toussaint, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Rick Danko, among others.

 

"I lived with those songs and studied them before I recorded that album, and that changed me and made me grow as a songwriter," Thorn relates. "Lindsey Buckingham's Don't Let Me Down Again especially got me thinking. It was a rock anthem with a sing-along hook, and I fell in love with it and the idea of big vocal hooks. So every song on Too Blessed To Be Stressed has a big vocal hook in it. And it works! We've been playing these songs in concert, and by the time the chorus comes along for the second time people are singing along. I've never seen that happen with my unreleased songs before, and I love it."

 

It helps that those big vocal hooks on Too Blessed To Be Stressed are being reinforced by the sound of Thorn's flexible and dynamic band, as they have been doing for years in concert. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock 'n' roll. Guitarist Bill Hinds is the perfect, edgy foil for Thorn's warm, laconic salt o' the earth delivery – a veritable living library of glowing tones, sultry slide and sonic invention. Keyboardist Michael "Dr. Love" Graham displays a gift for melody that reinforces Thorn's hooks while creating his own impact, and helps expand the group's rhythmic force. Meanwhile drummer Jeffrey Perkins and bassist Ralph Friedrichsen are a force, propelling every tune with just the right amount of up-tempo power or deep-in-the-groove restraint.

 

"These guys really bring my songs to life," says Thorn. "A lot of albums sound like they're made by a singer with bored studio musicians. My albums sound they're played by a real blood-and-guts band because that's what we are. And when we get up on stage, people hear and see that."

 

Thorn's earlier catalog is cherished by his many fans thanks to his down-home perspective, vivid-yet-plainspoken language and colorful characters. It helps that Thorn is a colorful and distinctly Southern personality himself. He was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the land of cotton and catfish. And churches.

 

"My father was a preacher, so I went with him to churches that white people attended and churches that black people attended," Thorn says. "The white people sang gospel like it was country music, and the black people sang it like it was rhythm and blues. But both black and white people attended my father's church, and that's how I learned to sing mixing those styles."

 

His performances were generally limited to the pews until sixth grade. "I'm dyslexic and got held back in sixth grade," Thorn relates. "I didn't have to face the embarrassment, because my family moved and I ended up in a new school. There was a talent show, and I sang Three Times a Lady by Lionel Ritchie with my acoustic guitar, and suddenly I went from being a social outcast to the most desired boy on the playground. The feeling I got from that adulation stuck with me and propelled me to where I am today."

 

At age 17 Thorn met songwriter Billy Maddox, who became his friend and mentor. It would take several detours – working in a furniture factory, boxing, jumping out of airplanes – until Thorn committed to the singer-songwriter's life. But through it all he and Maddox remained friends, and Maddox became Thorn's songwriting partner and co-producer.

 

Nonetheless, Thorn possessed the ability to charm audiences right from the start. Not only with his music, but also with the stories he tells from the stage. "Showmanship is a dying art that I learned from watching Dean Martin on TV when I was a kid," Thorn explains. "He could tell little jokes and then deliver a serious song, then make you laugh again. And he would look into the camera like he was looking right at you through the TV. That's what I want to do – make people feel like I'm talking directly to them."

 

That's really Thorn's mission for Too Blessed To Be Stressed, which can be heard as a running conversation about life between Thorn and listeners – a conversation leavened with gentles insights, small inspirations, and plenty of cheer. "I wrote these songs hoping they might put people in a positive mindset and encourage them to count their own blessings, like I count mine," Thorn observes. "There's no higher goal I could set for myself than to help other people find some happiness and gratitude in their lives."

 

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.