Storefront Congregation features musicians who love all types of music. This inspires their writing of original material and unique arranging and performing of familiar songs. Friends having fun and the same creative team working diligently toward a common goal results in a dynamic musical experience for the listener.
Storefront garnered great reviews of their first CD and second CD released most recently in August 2011. No strangers to print, television and radio media, Storefront band members have been recognized for their individual musical talents for decades and have backgrounds in orchestra, jazz, country, blues and, of course, bluegrass.
The band consists of Kent Houchin on Guitar/Vocals, Lauren White on Bass/Vocals, Murrell Thixton on Banjo/Guitar/Vocals, Turner Hutchens on Mandolin/Vocals.
Kent dreamed of being a performer from early childhood, imitating his favorite artists: Bobby Darren, Ricky Nelson and John Denver. After learning to play guitar at age 12, he and Murrell participated in local talent shows with hopes of being the next “Buck Owens and Roy Clark.”
A co-founder of New Horizon, he has made a lasting mark on Louisville-area music.Kent has since lent his talents on acoustic and electric guitar to many local bluegrass and country bands including: Wild Horses, Neon Cowboys, The Lonely Roads Band & Karen Kraft and Kiks. Because of his versatility, he is considered to be on the local and regional “A” list when bands need a substitute guitarist.
Kent’s talents of writing, arranging, singing lead and harmony, as well as picking are a strong-hold of Storefront Congregation. His tasteful rhythm guitar and lead lines reflect his love of all kinds of music which he kindly shares with us and, in turn, with you.
Turner Hutchens started playing music at the early age of nine when his uncle invited him to perform with his cousin at West Point Music Ranch., which later developed into the bluegrass band Kentucky Sassafras. He was mandolin player and bass vocalist for Bluegrass 101 from 2009 to 2012.
Performing and competing in contests exposed Turner to a lot of famous and talented musicians. Listening and “picking” with them has led him to his own style of mandolin. He has been fortunate to acquire the musical skills and friendships of many; including Jeff Guernsey, Joey Burchett, Jim Crisp, and Wendell Cornett. Turner is focused on pursuing a college degree in music and chasing his dream of being a full time musician.
Originally from Mt. Washington, Kentucky was first inspired by music while attending church with his granddaddy. He acted on his love of music at age 12. When he learned the first half of Cripple Creek on the banjo, he was hooked! Murrell teamed with childhood friend, Kent Houchin, and picked in various small musical groups and experimented with different genres of music. As teenagers, they founded New Horizon, a mostly bluegrass band that reflected the rock ‘n roll and country music of the day. The popularity of New Horizon is legendary, and even today the name echoes in the Louisville music scene.
Murrell and other Louisville, Kentucky musicians co-founded Cast Iron Airplane, performing bluegrass, country & original songs. Again as a founding member, Murrell makes his mark in Storefront Congregation by sharing his talents of writing songs, playing banjo and guitar, as well as singing lead and harmony vocals.
Lauren was introduced to bluegrass music at an early age. Her dad’s love of traditional bluegrass music took them to many festivals in the Ohio Valley and beyond, where she fell asleep in the campgrounds to the drones of the music. She started playing bass fiddle at the age of nine. Her mother took her and brother, Ken, to numerous contests and shows where they honed their bluegrass skills and developed their unique sound.
Lauren graduated from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, singing in the choir and studying orchestral and jazz bass. Lauren has been a member of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, bluegrass band Next Exit, traveled with bluegrass and original music band – Redwing from West Virginia, and a later configuration of New Horizon. Currently she performs with Double Knot Spies locally. Lauren’s lead and harmony vocals compliment the smooth sounds and gritty rhythms of Storefront Congregation’s solid and unique sound.