Cincinnati’s finest Americana outfit—Magnolia Mountain—is set to perform at the Historic Hoosier Theater in Vevay, IN, on November 10. The Shows of Second Saturday event kicks-off at 7pm.
Anchored by an acoustic musical core and gorgeous 2-, 3-, and 4-part harmony vocals, Magnolia Mountain appeals to fans of both old and new roots music. Drawing from the deep well of American music, the troupe takes different genres and finds the common thread within. Translating them into their own, their tunes pay tribute to the past and carve out their own place in today’s musical landscape.
The band is led by songwriter Mark Utley on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and banjo. Mark is joined by Melissa English and Renee Frye (harmony vocals); Jeff Vanover (guitar, lap steel, dobro); Bob Lese (mandolin, harmonica); Kathy Woods (fiddle, mandolin); Bob Donisi (upright bass); and Todd Drake (drums, percussion). Cincinnati music mainstay Ricky Nye on organ and piano often joins the group for special occasions.
Magnolia Mountain plays regularly around the greater Cincinnati area, performing Mark’s original songs as well as an eclectic selection of covers that range from the Louvin Brothers to Lucero, from Woody Guthrie to the Flying Burrito Brothers and more. They are at home in quiet “listening rooms”, rowdy bars, and anywhere in between.
In addition to performing at the 2009 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards ceremony, Magnolia Mountain was nominated for CEA awards in the Folk/Americana category in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Also in 2009, they were named the recipient of the Rivertown Music Club’s Red MacCormack Memorial Recording Grant.
In 2010, Magnolia Mountain was nominated for the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year, with Mark Utley nominated for Songwriter of the Year.
Along with performing at venues such as the Southgate House, Madison Theater, and The Crow’s Nest, they’ve also taken part in festivals such as Twangfest, the Whispering Beard Folk Festival, and the Metamora Old Time Music Festival. Magnolia Mountain has also played a Studio 89 session live on WNKU-FM radio and a pre-Twangfest set live on KDHX-FM in St. Louis.
Their first album, “Nothing as it Was” was released in February 2009. CityBeat magazine called it "soulful, haunting and pure, taking the best of Country, Folk and Bluegrass and refracting it through a modern prism. It rings incredibly authentic and timeless, and album that could have come out 40, 30 or 20 years ago but is too lively and crafty to stand as some sort of retro-music museum piece.”
In October 2009, the band returned to Ultrasuede Studio with producer John Curley to begin recording their second album. “Redbird Green”, an ambitious 17-song project released on both CD and 2-LP vinyl debuted on June 19, 2010. This date also saw the release of the band’s initial video from the album, “Hellbound Train”, directed by Cliff Jenkins.
In April 2012, Magnolia Mountain released their third album, "Town and Country.” The 18-song double album features 16 new original songs including “Shotgun Divorce” “Don’t Leave Just Now” and “Just to Know What You’ve Been Dreaming.”
Reserved seating tickets for Magnolia Mountain can be purchased by calling the Switzerland County Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237 or stopping by 128 West Main Street in Vevay. Tickets are $10 or $5 youth (17 & under). The Historic Hoosier Theater is located at 209 Ferry Street in downtown Vevay.
The Shows of Second Saturday is presented by Vevay Main Street. For more information, call Michele Thompson, Program Manager at (812) 427-9406.
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