In the fall of 2015, Lord Nelson independently released their debut album, The County. Since then they have been playing shows consistently throughout Virginia, the east coast, and as far west as Colorado. While averaging 100+ shows in 2016 and 2017, Lord Nelson also recorded their second full-length album, Through the Night, released in May, 2018.
Lord Nelson’s festival appearances include Lockn’ Music Festival in 2015, The Festy Experience in ‘15 and ‘16, Pasture Palooza 2016, and Hoopla 2017. They have played alongside emerging regional bands and nationally touring acts, including American Aquarium, Susto, members of Deer Tick, Sons of Bill, London Souls, The Hip Abduction, People’s Blues of Richmond, and The Trongone Band.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Choose Your Own Adventure is a live-composed funk collective led by Gina Sobel made up of jazz musicians who love funk, hip hop and R&B. They build tunes on stage from the drums up, creating a constantly evolving live experience that’s both viscerally and mentally exciting. CYOA wants to make sure that no matter what, the groove is the golden standard.
Benjamin Ryan and Kyle Grim are the duo behind Dogwood Tales. They began playing together in high school and became friends playing in pop-punk bands in bordering towns. Naturally they cultivated a more roots oriented pallet, echoing the classic sounds of their home in the Valley. Their discovery of the great country duos of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Gram Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris and more recently Mandolin Orange gave them a broader view of the valley music they would set out to create.
The Tales’ songs have a spiritual aspect that derives more from the Blue Ridge Mountains than the Church. Their lyricism grows out of a serious commitment to literature and specifically the Southern-Gothic canon. Too Hard To Tell carries the weighted stories and one-liners often found in the songs of American folk music with a special attention to tone and emotion. The songs speak of scenarios and heavy stations of life and death in small town America. There is a different aspect of time that exists in these places, a slowness yes, but also an immediate and daily reality of birth, life and death. Dogwood Tales have captured something akin to a lightning-bug in a mason jar on this ethereal and rich debut effort.
Mountain Run Band
Made up of brothers Clif and David Coleman and son/nephew Al Coleman, this dynamic blues and classic rock trio plays every year at Mountain Run Jam. Drummer Clif and bassist David have been rocking out together for over three decades now, and when Al stepped away from his junior drum kit and strapped on his first electric guitar, a band was born. Fun fact: this power trio opened up for Todd Rundgren on his 70th birthday this summer! Don’t miss their show!
Adam Z. Markham
When offstage, Adam can be found at his company, Markham Bros. Musical Enterprises, building guitar speaker cabinets, pedal boards, as well as cajons, the traditional Peruvian box drum.
Ryan Clark is an artist, producer, DJ, and curator based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. With a background in improvisation, piano, and turntablism, he effortlessly blends and obscures genre lines in his recordings and live sets all the same. Between dog walks and meditations, his daily pursuit to stay grounded is distinctly human and his passion for deep creative work and meaningful collaborations is ever-present. While balancing recording and producing with a handful of talented Virginia artists; (Grayling Skyy, Keynote Illidge, RielXRiel, Lyriq Luchiano, G-Salih, Waasi, Ryan Cam, and more) Ryan is also focused on the curation and release of his own audio and visual experiments in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price make up the indie folk band Lobo Marino. The band has been touring nationally and internationally for many years. Their music carries the message of humanity’s need to find balance with nature. Mystically political and whole heartily grassroots this DIY band finds themselves playing on large festival stages as well as at the backyard fire pits of intentional communities across the country.
In their home town of Richmond,Virginia, they founded a community space called “Earth Folk Collective” where they open the space for gatherings and donation based workshops on all types of topics of wellness and sustainability. They also are the founders of Fonticello Food Forest, a public orchard intended for community gleaning.
David Mahler, a Lynchburg, Virginia based musician, began playing the hammered dulcimer at the age of ten. Four years later, in 2004, he competed and won the title of US National Champion (setting the record for the youngest contestant to ever win.) David is quite versatile on the dulcimer, playing and teaching various genres from American folk, Celtic, Contemporary, to even Classical. He has recorded with Folk, Country, Rock, Indie, pop, and even a metal band. He is part of an American-Chinese-Jazz-Folk-Fusion group called, “Silk Cedar,” with whom he has toured music halls throughout China, and in the US. He also plays in a folk duo called, “Hickory Cathedral,” with cellist and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Friesen-Carper. Aside from producing several albums of original content, he has put out one instructional dulcimer book. Each of his instrumental recordings have within them refreshing, heart-opening melodies which reveal different seasons he has had with the hammered dulcimer. Always, he remains open to ideas and opportunities that incorporate the hammered dulcimer into new avenues of music and the arts.
Katelyn Georgianna Vallier is a Michigan performing artist. Taking the stage for over 15 years, she performs regularly at various venues throughout Metro-Detroit.
Her life is led with the same soulfulness that flows from her singing and six strings. A lifelong vocalist, Katelyn’s acoustic covers saliently bring the art of folk to a modern voice.
Formed in 2010 as a duo (under the name of More Bacon) including Philipp Gabathuler and Abe Goorskey (Branch House Pavillion), the group soon pared up to a trio to include Chris McCorkle of Roanoke-based Lazy Man Dub Band. The group became enamored with the idea of fusing the tradition of old time music with the freedom of the jam-band scene. Over the years, the core group invited phriends on stage until a revolving lineup kept the sound fresh and the energy high. Philipp Gabathuler leads this Mountain Jam special rendition of Good Buddy with Matt Ramsey (Bigfoot County) on bass and Chris Helms (cajun-drummer extraordinaire).