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Sasha Colette / Press

“10 West Viringia bands you should listen to Now.”

“...Two budding performers with northeastern Kentucky ties made their Uprising debuts this year. Johnson County native Tyler Childers performed on Thursday with his group, Small Batch, and Sasha Collete and the Magnolias played Friday. One of the highlights of Colette’s set was guitarist Jeremy Short’s scorching version of “My Old Kentucky Home,” played in the same style that Jimi Hendrix played the national anthem at Woodstock. One of the most non-traditional acts to play at this year’s festival was Cincinnati’s Rumpke Mountain Boys. With their cascading dreadlocks and dressed-down senses of style, the group’s members hardly looked the parts of bluegrass musicians. And, group member Ben Gourley said the most bluegrass thing about the band was its instrumentation. “It’s basically whatever music we feel like playing, played on bluegrass instruments,” he said... ”

“...Headliners for the weekend included such popular acts as Infamous Stringdusters on Thursday, Jessica Lea Mayfield, David Mayfield Parade and the 14-time Grammy Award-winning Lawrence County, Ky., native Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder on Friday. Those headliners were joined by dozens of other acts such as the Austin, Texas, group, Atomic Duo, that drove up 1,400 miles for the festival, as well as such popular local acts as Tyler Childers and Sasha Colette and The Magnolias, both making their Appalachian Uprising debut. Folks wanting to hear a sample of the bands at this year's Appalachian Uprising can tune into Chris Jones' bluegrass radio show on Sirius XM 61 (Bluegrass Junction channel) from 3 to 9 p.m. Go online at www.appyup.net for more info or check out the Appalachian Uprising Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AppalachianUprising. ”

“On tap for Friday Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Dave Mayfield Parade, Billy Two Shoes, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sasha Colette and The Magnolias, Atomic Duo, One Way Rider, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain. ”

“...her newest release—with the magnificent Magnolias backing her up—signals that it’s high time we start taking this young lady and her band very seriously. Having recently transplanted herself into the Huntington, West Virginia scene that’s embraced her, Colette and company would have been hard pressed to find a title more appropriate than Ridin’ Away. It’s an EP release that stretches—in more ways than one—far beyond it’s 17 minutes. But more importantly, it explores deeply rooted themes of country in songs about goodbyes and cowboys and fables of the faux-west that Colette identifies as Appalachia. ”

“..A sweet mix of hillbilly meets hippie. Her songs emanate country and blues in a fashion where each genre is identifiable, yet complementary – in the way these two styles courted each other before they merged to give birth to rock n’ roll...”

“BAND HIGHLIGHTS: Crazy Jane, The Woolly Bushmen, John Hathaway Band with Allen Hatten, 40 LB SNAPPER, Paul Doeffinger and Tweed Jacket, Small Batch (Tyler Childers) and Sasha Colette & The Magnolias, 5:42 and The Dub-V's among others”

“Fred Brown wrote the song, recorded by Sasha Colette, called "The Ballad Of Nicole Penix Vanzant," which details the 2009 murder of the 27-year-old mother whose killer has never been found. Her remains were found by hikers in the Red River Gorge three months after she was reported missing...”

“MOREHEAD — More than a year after her skeletal remains were found in the Red River Gorge, songwriter Fred Brown Jr. said he couldn’t forget the unsolved murder of Nicole Penix Vanzant or shake the feeling that someone, somewhere knows what happened to her. The song he wrote in her memory, which details the young woman’s disappearance, is now the foundation for a music video featuring local musician Sasha Colette....(continued on Ashland Daily Independents Site.. Follow the link) ”

“...like Bob Dylan sang about the condition of the American spirit, and Tom Waits about the condition of his broken spirit, Sasha sings from her personally carved niche somewhere in-between. Her music is seeded with stories and hometown roots of her life in eastern Kentucky, a bluesy, folksy blend of Americana. Miss Colette has no reservations to her song writing, from thoughtful takes on the chaos of the world in “Come Together (Yes, Peace),” to soulful blues tales like “Happy Hippie”, upbeat folk in "Lou Easy," and sweet heartfelt tunes like “French.” There’s a...”

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