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Founding Member of the Black Crowes Rich Robinson to Headline Seventh Annual Ferdinand Folk Festival

Rich Robinson (center), a founding member of the group the Black Crowes, will headline the 7th Annual Ferdinand Folk Festival this summer.

Rich Robinson (center), a founding member of the group the Black Crowes, will headline the 7th Annual Ferdinand Folk Festival this summer.

Ferdinand (NNDC) – Rich Robinson, a founding member of the multiplatinum and critically-acclaimed band the Black Crowes, can be seen playing guitar this summer for the band Bad Company. He can also be seen with his personal band on Saturday, September 17, as the headlining act for the seventh annual Ferdinand Folk Festival.

Robinson (center in photo) has co-written a catalog of songs and albums that have sold more than 40-million copies all over the world. On the heels of his third and best received solo album “The Ceaseless Sight” in late 2014, Robinson announced the (for now) breakup of the Crowes and has since been re-releasing his entire solo catalog and showing the world a side that, while true to his Crowes’ roots, shows him creating without the constraints that being in a band the caliber of the Black Crowes required. Free and on his own, Robinson has been able to explore without fear, discover and nurture his considerable talents as a quite impressive songwriter, guitarist, and singer.

Including the overall winner of the second annual Ferdinand Folk Festival singer-songwriter competition (official call for entrants to be released within the next couple weeks), the remainder of the seventh annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Main Stage lineup is:

Buffalo Killers – Buffalo Killers hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, deliver hook heavy homegrown rock-n-roll. Lead by a pair of songwriting brothers, the band has drawn the attention of the likes of Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes—who, at the time, invited them to open for them on a string of dates. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys liked them so much that he produced their sophomore effort “Let It Ride”.

Jonathan Tyler – Dallas, Texas’ Jonathan Tyler has been touring extensively since 2007. He has supported major acts such as ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, Leon Russell, and Chicago. He has performed at popular music festivals SXSW (South by southwest), Forecastle, and Bonnarroo and has received critical acclaim from USA Today, American Songwriter, Chicago Sun Times, and in 2010 was named “Best Male Vocalist” by the Dallas Observer.

Jefferson Street Parade Band – Bloomington, Indiana’s The Jefferson Street Parade Band first hit the streets in the spring of 2009. They dig into songs and rhythms from West Africa, New Orleans, Eastern Europe, and the vastness of Latin America. You may hear them as places as diverse as the streets, a club, or at a wedding.

Harpeth Rising – After meeting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Louisville’s Harpeth Rising began on a cross-country road trip. Inspired by a summer spend jamming aat campsites and attending folk and bluegrass festivals, the three members began writing original music. They have since released 5 albums since 2010 and played all over the United States.

Troubadours of Divine Bliss – Making their second appearance at the Ferdinand Folk Festival (their first being the inaugural 2010 event), are international recording artists and an award-winning duo from Kentucky. Their harmonies have been referred to as “soft as Spanish Moss and smooth as Kentucky Bourbon”. They have been honored as “Best Folk Band” in both New Orleans and Louisville, Kentucky.

Hayley Payne – Hayley is a singer-songwriter who would describe her style as “future country”. She is the 2015 under-18 division champion of the inaugural Ferdinand Folk Festival singer-songwriter competition. Last year, she performed multiple sets on the Market Stage.

The Ferdinand Folk Festival is presented by Best Home Furnishings, as well as these fine sponsors: Kyana Woodstock, Kimball Electronics, Access Storage Now, German American, Old National Bank, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Kimball International, Hot Hot Lover (spices and dry rubs), Uebelhor & Sons, the Ferdinand chapter of Psi Iota Xi, Ferdinand Farmers Mutual, OEEC/Friends of Ferdinand, and Webb Wheel.

The festival, now in its seventh year, is the region’s premiere earth-friendly and family-friendly event promoting music, arts, and the environment. For additional information, please visit


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