Unchained melodies: Music will keep things rolling at this Saturday’s Noble Street Festival
by Deirdre Long
dlong@annistonstar.com
Apr 08, 2011 | 4755 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While the big lure of Anniston’s annual Noble Street Festival is the nationally renowned bike race, it just wouldn’t be a street festival without music. From bluegrass to rock, local musicians will keep things rolling in the Hot Blast Music Cafe, located on the north side of the intersection of Noble and 10th streets (in front of the Western Auto) from 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m.

Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson is the former lead singer for bluegrass band Distant Cousins and is a regular at the annual Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gathering. She has opened for Marty Raybon, Claire Lynch, Exile and Sugarland. She produces and hosts her own TV show, Kelli Johnson LIVE, and performs an average of 200 shows per year both solo and with the Americana/bluegrass band Sweetwater Road.

Mike Hulsey Band

An acoustic/blues band based in Piedmont, appearing for the first time in the Hot Blast Music Cafe.

10/55 Band

These regulars at the Bama Cowboy Saloon will play a variety of rock and new country for their first Noble Street Festival.

Abby Parks

Abby is influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and EmmyLou Harris. She attended Jacksonville State University and is a private guitar teacher at the Donoho School. Her sophomore effort The Homeplace, was recorded at Huntsville’s Sound Cell Recordings with Doug Jansen Smith.

Tony Yardley

Tony has been a performing musician for about 40 years most notably with regionally popular bands KnightOwl and The Usual Suspects. His influences include Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stephen Stills, Steely Dan, Little Feat and James Taylor among many. His first solo instrumental CD, Surface Tension, was released in 2009.

Secondhand Jones

Calhoun County-based singer songwriters playing originals and some ’90s alternative. This 3-piece formed by Jonn Medders, has been together about a year and is appearing at the Noble Street Festival for the first time.

Bill McAdams

Acoustic gospel and a little humor from Jacksonville-based singer/songwriter Bill McAdams. Appearing at the Noble Street Festival for the second year in a row, Bill has been influenced by Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Straight and Brad Paisley. His latest CD is titled She Did It.

The Loners

This bluesy foursome is appearing for the first time at the Noble Street Festival. They have been individually influenced by a diverse collection of artists, including the Everly Brothers, Muddy Waters, Alex Chilton, Delbert McClinton, Devo, Robert Johnson and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
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