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FREDERICK FOLK FEST PRESENTS Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers (Genre: Electrick Folk for Electric Folks)

Frederick Folk Fest is an intimate pop-up concert series and annual music festival in the heart of downtown Frederick, MD, a unique city tucked below the Mason-Dixon line and nestled in snugly at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Katie has been on PBS & NPR, and has toured from New York to Colorado, Texas to Tennessee.  She has shared bills with Tony Rice, Del McCoury Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Black Lillies, Lake Street Dive, Langhorne Slim, The David Mayfield Parade, Woody Pines, Jill Andrews, The Honeycutters, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices, The Deadstring Brothers, and many others.  She and her band have sold out every show they have played in their home town in the last year, and are currently playing and headlining festivals in front of audiences of several thousand people.  Her singing and harmonies have been likened to Gillian Welch (Isthmus, Madison, WI) and Gram Parsons (City Paper, Rochester, NY.)

Katie is a songwriter’s songwriter. Her music is for people who pay attention: lovers of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, her mentor Steve Earle, Jason Isbell, and folks who appreciate a person who can turn a damn phrase. Ms. Powderly can turn a damn phrase.  Lucky for her she can also sing, belting it out when necessary, and she’s put together quite a hot little back up band, The Unconditional Lovers, in her new home of Frederick, MD.

She used to be sad, writing forlorn and longing lyrics for former lovers, aching ballads beckoning back the one(s?) who got away. But not anymore. Nowadays she’s more like Nikki Lane: confident, badass, not afraid to tell the truth, maybe even name names. In the words of Joni Mitchell, “she’s just so busy being free.”

Doors 9:30 | Music 10 | 21 and up