Mountain Arts Center and Big Sandy CTC kick off Fall Artists Series tonight with Senora May
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – The Big Sandy Community & Technical College Department of Fine Arts and the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) have released the lineup for the annual Fall Artist Series to be held at The Gearheart on the Prestonsburg campus. This year’s concerts include Senora May, an all-star lineup called “Star City Session,” and Louisa, Ky native Adam Chaffins. The series opens with back-to-back presentations in late October. First up will be Estill County native Senora May on Thursday, Oct. 25. May is a singer/songwriter with deep folk influences. She is fresh from two important performances this month. On September 8, she presented her album release show in Lexington. Her new project—Lainhart—is already garnering high praise from critics. On September 15, she was part of “Kickin’ It On The Creek,” a three-day music and camping festival near Irvine, Ky that usually escalates artists to the next level in notoriety. The next evening — Friday, Oct. 26 — features the “Star City Session.” The lineup for this event includes Nicholas Jamerson, Grayson Jenkins, Sean Whiting, and Bek Smallwood. All four artists are busy with various projects on and off the road. This will be the first time they have graced a stage as a foursome. Jamerson describes the night as one of “singing songs and telling the stories that made the songs.” The fall series will conclude with the Thursday, Nov. 8, appearance of Nashville musician and Louisa, Ky native Adam Chaffins, back in eastern Kentucky for a performance with his full band. Moving to Nashville in 2010, he fast became an in-demand bassist and vocalist, touring with Rounder Records’ The Deadly Gentlemen and spending time as a member of North Carolina progressive bluegrass band Town Mountain. In the studio, he’s gained the attention of producers like Buddy Miller and Dave Brainard, and as a writer he won a SESAC award in 2013 for co-writing with GRAMMY winning group The Infamous Stringdusters. His debut album — Some Things Won’t Last — is scheduled for November release and features ornamentation more often found in pop and rock circles. Chaffins has a college degree in Jazz Performance. All Fall Artist Series performances are on sale now through the MAC box office at www.macarts.com, by calling 1 (888) MAC-ARTS, or in person Monday through Friday from 10am – 6pm. Tickets are $12 and all the proceeds go to benefit the Big Sandy Singers & Band scholarship fund at BSCTC.