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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.


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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.
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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-Bonnie Bishop


Bonnie Bishop
8 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018


Bonnie Bishop to Perform at Ohio University Lancaster



bonnieThe Covered Bridge Music Series is pleased to present a live music performance by Bonnie Bishop starting at 8 p.m., Saturday April 14, 2018 at Ohio University Lancaster's Wagner Theatre.


Join Bonnie, along with guitarist Ford Thurston, for a memorable evening of dynamic music steeped in soul, blues, rock and country.


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Texas (by way of Mississippi),  Bonnie started out writing and performing more country influenced songs including “Not Cause I Wanted To” recorded by Bonnie Raitt and “The Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts” featured in the ABC hit show, “Nashville”.  After taking a break from extensive touring, she went back to school and considered giving up a life in music when Thirty Tigers’ David Macias, and producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) convinced her that she should make a soul album.  It was a decision that would prove to be providential for both Bonnie and her audiences.  In 2016, Bonnie released the Cobb produced, “Ain’t Who I Was” marking her triumphant return to a life that she may have once considered leaving behind, but clearly never left her.








Tickets are available for $20 at


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

Hospitality will begin at 7:00pm with food and beverages available for purchase as well as a cash bar.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Music begins at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show.  Students who present a valid ID at the door will receive free admission on a “first come-first served” basis.



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.