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Melody Youngblood

Melody Youngblood

Kentucky banjo- and guitar-player Melody Youngblood, who will perform with Mitch Barrett is from Sisters Oregon and a graduate of the Americana Project.

About Melody Youngblood

Melody Youngblood is a singer-songwriter originally from the Pacific Northwest, now living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Berea, Kentucky. Her songwriting expresses deep vulnerability and tenderness that cuts to the heart of old wounds and deep-seated personal struggle.

She participated in the Americana Project in Sisters, Oregon; an innovative arts education program developed by Sisters Folk Festival.

She has been performing since the age of 15 at a range of music venues, as well as intimate house concerts. She has performed at the Sisters Folk Festival, Clear Creek Festival, Ocracoke Folk Festival, First Friday Berea, Woodsongs Boone Tavern, Snowbird Festival, Salt Works Festival, West 6th Brewery, EKU Performing Arts Center, and Union College.  She is a frequent collaborator with Mitch Barrett.

She has collaborated with Clear Creek Creative on two theatre projects, “Land Water Food Stories” and “Where’s that power going to come from,” at an annual KFTC summit.

She has received grant support to apprentice with master artist Sue Massak to develop her banjo skills and to harvest traditional songs written by working Appalachian women whose songs need remembering. Her debut album, “Sweet Isolation,” will be released in the fall of 2017.