Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival 2017

May 13, 2017


Meadow Stage - 3:55PM

Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Nora Jane Struthers grew up playing and singing bluegrass and country music with her banjo-playing father.  After a move to Nashville, Tennessee and a brief stint fronting the band Bearfoot, in 2012 she formed her band the Party Line and started taking her songs on the road, backed by her best friends and a sound that blends infectious rock with her folk and country roots.  

Struthers' voice is pure and unaffected and she delivers her songs with powerful vulnerability.   She fronts the band on acoustic and electric guitar and The Party Line is comprised of Joe Overton (banjo, fiddle and steel guitar), Josh Vana (electric guitar and harp), Brian Miller (bass) and Drew Lawhorn (drums).  

Now, after two albums and hundreds of performances, the band is known as much for their tight, high energy live show as for Struthers' smart and disarming lyrics.  Their 2015 release "Wake" was welcomed with praise by NPR's Fresh Air, Rolling Stone Country, and Amy Poehler's blog Smart Girls.  

On their new album "Champion" the band worked with acclaimed producer Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, TN.  "Champion" will release Fall 2017.

We are thrilled to have Nora Jane and her band on the bill this year. Bandmate Joe Overton was a fixture on the local old time and bluegrass scene for several years before moving to Nashville, and we welcome them back to town. Check out Nora Jane's website for tour dates and news about the band!


Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors:


guitar sponsors

Fiddle Sponsors


HARMONICA sponsors

Volunteer Sponsors