Mack McKenzie, a Dayton, Ohio native, is truly one of a kind. Writing from the real life experience of the working class, Alternative-Country and Roots Rock are the cornerstone of Mack's music . Mack McKenzie and his band have made the region take notice of what new country music can be again, versus what is being heard on the radio. A 101st Airborne Combat Veteran, Mack has seen the world, both good and bad and it shines through in his music. Sonically similar to acts such as Waylon Jennings, Son Volt, Sturgill Simpson, Drive-by Truckers and Jason Isbell, Mack's music has depth and meaning you can enjoy and relate to. Having shared the stage with acts such as Shooter Jennings, Hellbound Glory, American Aquarium, this isn't the first rodeo for Mack McKenzie and his band.
Born and raised in Stanton, KY, nestled in the hills of the Red River Gorge, Chelsea Nolan is inseparable from the area in which she was raised and the music that surrounded her hometown. Playing music beside her big brother Josh from early on, she moved from piano to guitar to drums, never leaving music alone. Raised around a community of folks where “everybody’s somebody had at least one instrument”, she developed her drive for songwriting at parking lot jams on Tuesday nights and gatherings where folks told stories, laughed and always played music. High school found her with scholarship offers for marching bands, but she didn’t want let her passion become her work, “writing papers on quarter notes.”
Songwriting was a natural evolution of her musical passion, and a personal experience for Nolan, “Every song I write has some truth behind it.” While a natural behind the drums, she brings her guitar to the mic with her to share her songs with her crowds. Strong and powerful, her voice drives home the immediacy of her lyrics, with sharp wit and some humor throughout. Her songs help her get by, and she has the need to share that with her listeners. “This is how I fix things for myself. And hopefully it helps other people fix their own stuff too.” She sees her songs as “A vessel to become the best part of someone’s day.”
Her influences include classic artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, John Prine, Goose Creek Symphony, and Bonnie Raitt. Her writing is perhaps best influenced by John Prine, while her singing is clearly influenced by the Boss. When she hits those big notes full on in the face, though, you know she is channeling Bonnie and Janis. Her brother and fellow musician, Josh Nolan, is also a huge influence on her musically in every regard.
Chelsea Nolan has appeared on stage all over the bluegrass area, including Well Crafted, Kickin’ it on the Creek, Willie’s Locally Known, The Burl, Sky Bridge Station, and the Nada Tunnel Festival. She regularly collaborates and shares the stage with fellow Kentucky artists Tyler Childers, Sundy Best, Senora May, Ethan Hunt, and her brother Josh Nolan.