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Kentucky Americana Women Songwriters

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Chelsea Nolan
Born and raised in Stanton, KY, nestled in the hills of the Red River Gorge, Chelsea Nolan is inseparable from the area in which she was raised and the music that surrounded her hometown. Playing music beside her big brother Josh from early on, she moved from piano to guitar to drums, never leaving music alone. Raised around a community of folks where “everybody’s somebody had at least one instrument”, she developed her drive for songwriting at parking lot jams on Tuesday nights and gatherings where folks told stories, laughed and always played music. High school found her with scholarship offers for marching bands, but she didn’t want let her passion become her work, “writing papers on quarter notes.”

Songwriting was a natural evolution of her musical passion, and a personal experience for Nolan, “Every song I write has some truth behind it.” While a natural behind the drums, she brings her guitar to the mic with her to share her songs with her crowds. Strong and powerful, her voice drives home the immediacy of her lyrics, with sharp wit and some humor throughout. Her songs help her get by, and she has the need to share that with her listeners. “This is how I fix things for myself. And hopefully it helps other people fix their own stuff too.” She sees her songs as “A vessel to become the best part of someone’s day.”

Her influences include classic artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, John Prine, Goose Creek Symphony, and Bonnie Raitt. Her writing is perhaps best influenced by John Prine, while her singing is clearly influenced by the Boss. When she hits those big notes full on in the face, though, you know she is channeling Bonnie and Janis. Her brother and fellow musician, Josh Nolan, is also a huge influence on her musically in every regard.

Chelsea Nolan has appeared on stage all over the bluegrass area, including Well Crafted, Kickin’ it on the Creek, Mercury Ballroom, Manchester Music Hall, Willie’s Locally Known, The Burl. She regularly collaborates and shares the stage with fellow Kentucky artists Tyler Childers, Sundy Best, Senora May, and her brother Josh Nolan.

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Madison Lewis
A 15 year old female independent Americana musician and songwriter from Southeastern Kentucky who writes and composes music with moving lyrics and distinctive chord progressions sure to keep the audience’s interest. Her music reaches the darkest depths of the oceans and brings a light to any melody she embraces.

Lewis is no stranger to the spotlight. She has performed at an array of venues across the South, including the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, Eddie's Attic and Grocery on Home in Atlanta, GA, the Lyric Theatre for the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and a host of other stages in Kentucky. On December 9, 2017, Madison became the 47th Eddie's Attic Singer/Songwriter Shootout winner as well. In a world of cookie-cutter similarities and those jumping on musical bandwagons, Madison chooses to bring music to the table that is uniquely her own. Her songwriting and vocal style proves she is following her own creative course. The best musical creations are the ones that are unique, and Madison is exactly that.

Madison’s highly-anticipated debut album, Back to the Blue, was released on September 22, 2017. Produced by music industry veteran and accomplished music educator, Ken Holbrook, the project also boasts renowned musicians like Todd Phillips on upright bass, Michito Sanchez on percussion, Steve Bryant on electric bass, and Daniel Carwile on fiddle. Back to the Blue is a unique depiction of the life of a young girl who has been exposed to musical influences and experiences well beyond her years. Madison’s blend of genres would best be described as gypsy jazz blues with southern soul. Being compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse, she undoubtedly exhibits maturity in the same field as these seasoned songwriters.

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June Burton
June Burton comes from a family of Somerset folk-singers, notably her great-grandmother, who could “sing all day and night and never sing the same song, twice!” Whether living in Iowa or Florida, the highlight of her family's year was a visit to her grand-parents' Plato, Pulaski County farm, where her cousins all sang, together. As a teenager, she began collecting and writing songs and playing guitar. After moving to Kentucky, she continued singing and dancing, first, with the Somerset, High Folk-Dance Group and then, the Berea College Country Dancers. Later, after moving to Houston as a ballroom-dance teacher, she wrote songs and performed with the music duo “Somerset,” (her partner, Ian Thompson was from Somerset, England) and an a-capella 4-person group, “Nobody's Reel.” Now, back home in Somerset, she continues writing and playing music with her husband, Jimmy D. Seville, and others, as the “June Burton Experience.”

Maggie Noelle
Raised in the heart of the Appalachia, a small town girl from Clintwood Virginia - at the tip end of Eastern Kentucky, Maggie Noëlle was highly influenced by the roots of mountain music. Along with the soulful sounds of strong female vocals like Bonnie Raitt & Susan Tedeschi, Maggie rings in her own mix of mountain soul music.

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