Musicians 2012

MICHAEL KELSEY will return this year as our headliner, and this time, he’s bringing a band! Michael is a fascinating performer from Lafayette, Indiana.

From Michael’s website:

MICHAEL KELSEY cannot be limited to a simple description. When you listen to his music and see him perform live you’re witnessing more than a just another singer-songwriter. You’re watching a rhythmic, inspired guitarist and performance artist who brews soul, funk and even a little bit of the blues into a guitar festival of organic sound. Multi-instrumentalist Kelsey has been known to blend many musical genres with fervour and grace. When he hits the stage to perform, he plays every inch of his guitar and makes it sing, soar, pop and ping–by strumming it, pounding it and pulling every part of it or anything else an arm’s length or foot kick away.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, he began his musical journey weaving in and out of successful area bands as lead guitarist or bassist. Later he opened and ran a thriving recording studio, which after five years he retired in order to enable him to embark freely on his career as a solo artist.

His naturally soulful vocal illuminates carefully chosen lyrics that make his songs shimmer and shine. He plays expressively and manipulates the guitar to create a melodic fusion of alternate tunings and unorthodox hand positions allowing for him to achieve a full sound. The true beauty is in the way the song, the sound and the motion of his music unites. The songs, especially the lush instrumentals, can be reminiscent of the late, great Michael Hedges, but boast Kelsey’s personal percussive stamp, exceptional arrangement and deliberate instrumentation.

His live performances are particularly moving. Sometimes he sounds as if he’s deftly playing more than one guitar. At a Kelsey show audience members may actually lose themselves in the moment and forget they are listening to one person. They can be tapping their foot one minute, in a deep trance the next, then bursting into laughter.

Read more about Michael here.
Watch Michael at Cornstock 2011 below

We are extremely excited and thankful that KENDALL PHILLIPS graciously agreed to step in when Joel Henderson backed out at the last minute.

Kendall Phillips is a country music performer and Nashville recording artist. Quickly becoming a household name, she is most recently known for being one of the Top 5 National Finalists in 2010 and 2011 on the NBC show, Texaco Country Showdown, the world’s largest country music competition. She was also a contestant on the 2006 season of American Idol and is now featured in the book “Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul”.

In January of 2007 Kendall’s music video for her single, “It‘s You” made the top charts on CMT’s Music City Madness and it is currently a featured video on Since then, Kendall has performed across the US and recently opened for touring acts – Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, Darius Rucker, Steel Magnolia, and Jerrod Neimann. Another one of her accomplishments has been singing at the home of the Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, with LeAnn Rimes and Country Music Hall Famer, Charlie McCoy.Kendall describes her sound as a mix of Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. She has been writing songs since she was 12 and recorded her first song at age 16. Since her first trip to the recording studio, her songwriting has evolved into a mix of country/rock that sets itself apart form other artists on the radio.

Listen to a preview of Kendall’s #1 single off her upcoming album, “You Should Know.”


Once again we welcome Crawfordsville’s own COMMON CELTS! Vocalist Natalie Wilson, her husband Caleb, and his brothers, Sam, Gabe and Micah Wilson, are an energetic, fun-filled, talented young group, singing and playing various instruments, including djembe, bodhrán, guitar and whistle, in a lively set of Irish and Scottish songs.

Watch them perform Irish Pub at Cornstock 2011: