After two seasons of filling in as a “sideman” on mandolin, Turner Hutchens is now a full-fledged member of Storefront Congregation! If you don’t like the way we sound or how we do business, IT’S ALL TURNER’S FAULT! Just kidding – it’s only ¼ of his fault! We’ve been so lucky that Turner has shared his musical talents with us. He is an exceptional musician and we’re happy to be part of his journey and excited about our future direction! Congratulations to all!
Just got back from our first trip on the Snake River aboard the American Empress steam boat. She’s a beauty! Just a little smaller than the American Queen, but she has the elegance of another great lady! Here are some photos from our trip to Idaho & Washington with a minor side step to Oregon via Hell’s Canyon.
SFC guys at Hell’s Gate
Turner & Murrell at Hell’s Canyon Dam
Show Room on the American Empress
Paddlewheel of the American Empress and the mountains beyond.
We’re looking forward to another season on the beautiful American Queen Steamboat on the Mississippi & Ohio rivers, as well as her sister the American Empress Riverboat on the Snake & Columbia rivers. Come cruise with us this year!
Folk Festival in Boonville, Missouri
Another exciting gig on the schedule THIS WEEKEND is the Big Muddy Folk Festival. We can’t wait to meet the folk folks in Boonville, Missouri and ‘show-me’ some SFC music!
In between gigs throughout the year, SFC band members often perform in other groups or special shows.
One such performance is today, March 15, when bass player, Lauren White will join John Gage and Brigid Kaelin along with Cantor David Lipp for a musical celebration of Purim at Congregation Adath Jeshuran . She also performs with Glenn Gibson as “Double Knot Spies” and is working on an annual Christmas program with friends Michael and Andrew Meehan.
“The MacDaddies” rock the house and kick up the country with SFC’s Kent Houchin on guitar and harmony vocals. They also perform as a smaller group, “The Fiasco Brothers.”
SFC banjo player, Murrell Thixton sits in with “Eddie Wells and the Kettle Creek Ramblers” periodically as well as performs with other local talented musicians such as wife, Robin Roller Thixton and Matt & Alan Phelps, etc.
Aspiring country star, Turner Hutchens performs with various groups to feature his vocal and multi-instrument talents in addition to his role with SFC on mandolin. He often performs with cousin, Jory Hutchens of Mickey Clark & Blue Norther.
We are pleased to report that guitar player, Kent Houchin is recovering well from wrist and shoulder surgery over the winter! This is in follow-up to an earlier surgery on the other arm last year. He is almost a bionic man now and he’s in rehab getting ready to play some hot licks and killer rhythms on guitar again soon!
Christmas is right around the corner and the holidays are in full swing. Like you, we are enjoying the “most wonderful time of the year.” To all of you who came to our performances and supported our musical endeavors this past year, we say a very heartfelt, “Thank you.” Without you we would not be able to do what we do (you make it so much more enjoyable).
We are looking forward to 2014 and we hope to see you at a SFC show. In the meantime, get your wassail on, deck the halls, and rock around the Christmas tree. Love and joy to you all!
Below are some home videos from the Bluegrass Center for Autism Benefit Saturday, August 31, 2013 hosted by Congregation Adath Jeshurun. The vocalists were Cantor David Lipp, John Gage and Jennifer Diamond. Storefront had lots of fun working up these tunes and performing for such an appreciative crowd. Thanks to Congressman John Yarmuth and Dawne Gee (news anchor for WAVE-TV) for their support of such an important cause.
A music-filled, entertaining evening is scheduled by Congregation Adath Jeshurun at 2401 Woodbourne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40205 - Saturday, August 31, beginning at 8:45PM. The evening will be hosted by WAVE3’s Dawne Gee. Also participating will be the Hon. John Yarmuth, well-known bluegrass band, “Storefront Congregation,” and others. AJ’s Rabbi Robert Slosberg and Cantor David Lipp will be sharing valuable information with those assembled in AJ’s auditorium. Others on the entertainment list are John Gage and Jennifer Diamond. READ MORE →
Notes:An evening of Disney Music to benefit The Academy at St.Andrews, a school for children with autism. Followed by an opportunity to donate to the school and enjoy wonderful desserts from Bonnie’s Baking Bunch!
Back in the Spring we had a soft launch of the new StorefrontBand.com website. It is REALLY up & running now! Thanks to Glenn Gibson for creating the beautiful new site! It has great functionality and lots of color. We’re still working on a few more features and will keep you posted. For now, check out the StorefrontBand.com site and/or sign up for the mailing list by clicking here! You’ll get information to keep up with where SFC will be playing next and what is going on with the band.
We’ve added lots of events for fans, friends & family to come see a show. A new feature on the Events page is to click on + beside a specific event to send the details to your electronic calendar. We’re excited about the capabilities & potential for the site and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
We’ll be sending out a newsletter soon, so don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter/mailing list and check out the Events page – we’re getting busy!