Porchfest Lineup 2019
Shandee Layne and Rigby Summer come together in a blend of acoustic Americana as The Dust Bowl Sirens. Shandee Layne began playing guitar, writing, singing, and performing with her father, noted cowboy poet Trey Allen. With her father’s passing in 2016, her songwriting has come in to clearer focus. Her melodies and lyrics are straightforward and honest, having been heavily influenced by her working cowboy upbringing. Rigby Summer is the musical identity of Stillwater-based songwriter, Nadia Piotrowsky. She weaves an Americana soundscape that reflects the road she’s traveled, from her Kansas City jazz upbringing to the beach pop of her former home in southern California to the red dirt roots of her current home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. While her influences range from Mary Chapin Carpenter to The Frames, Sia Furler to Johnny Cash, her sound often draws comparisons to Ingrid Michaelson and Peggy Lee–a little modern, a little old-fashioned, always earnest.
5:00 pm – Casey & Minna
Get a taste here: Casey & Minna – ‘ I Will be Yours’
Since 2011 Oklahoma City band, Casey & Minna, have delivered a happy folk & fiddle style with strong rhythms, pretty melodies and a splash of singing. In 2015 Casey & Minna became a family band with the fantastic addition of thirteen year old son, August, on tin whistle (when he’s not in school.) They play folk tunes from around the world and home, plus contemporary pop, oldies, and original music. Songs interpreted in creative ways and improvisation make listening fun. Like Duke Ellington said, “If it sounds good, it is good.” They’re excited to bring a number of Irish tunes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Porchfest.
6:00 pm – Carter Sampson
Get a taste here: Carter Sampson – ‘Wilder Side’
Carter Sampson is an Okie-born singer/songwriter with a big voice. She’s the founder and director of Oklahoma City’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, which always partners with nonprofit organizations that empower girls and women through music education. The inspiring artist also averages about 220 shows annually – But as the self-penned ‘Queen of Oklahoma,’ Sampson’s red boots are happiest when they’re on her home turf. Though she travels for the love of making music, she’s no stranger to awards. She was named a Top 12 Finalist in the 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and performed at Lincoln Center in New York. This year, she won first place in the general category of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. – with her song “Wild Bird”, which was additionally released by Pinecastle Records.
Get a taste here: Seth Lee Jones – ‘Long Distance Call’
A master luthier and a master slide guitar player, Seth Lee Jones is deeply dedicated to his craft and his instrument. If you don’t find him at his work bench building a custom piece of art, you will find him teaching others to build their own guitar at Tulsa Wood Arts. While his unique style of playing definitely stands out, his voice is equally powerful, evoking the memories of some of the greatest jazz/blues titans. Currently performing in a trio format, this is one red hot act that you don’t want to miss.
Get a taste here: Kyle Reid ‘Alright, Here We Go’ Album
Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots are a New Orleans style swing band from Norman, Oklahoma with an infective high energy live show and a genuine camaraderie among the band. Kyle’s 2014 full band release “Alright, Here We Go…” featuring his band, the Low Swinging Chariots, was named best Okie Album of 2014 by Newsok.com. That album was followed by his self recorded, self released EP “Don’t Be Afraid…” featuring tunes performed on his home-made cigar box guitars, and Kyle’s new album “Love and Trust (In the Age of St. Sugar Britches)” was released in the Summer of 2018 on Tulsa’s Horton Records. Kyle performs regionally at festivals and venues large and small with his band and as a solo artist. You can find more information about Kyle at www.kylereidmusic.com.