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Three great artists, one great night!

September 20, 2012
Times Leader

BARNESVILLE - Skyflight Productions presents three great artists in one great night on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville, OH.

Doors are at 7 p.m. Further information is available at or Skyflight Productions on

- Christopher Paul Stelling arrived in NYC in 08' with a guitar and a duffle bag. Not necessarily concerned with making a name for himself, circumstance and necessity soon found him singing and playing guitar on the subway platforms. The years prior had seen him through an odyssey. From studying under a master guitar builder in Colorado, working a produce market in Boston, sleeping in a closet in North Carolina, managing a used bookstore in Florida, wandering aimlessly through Seattle, all without a said plan in mind, vaguely unaware that something was being stitched together beneath it all. Those New York subway platforms soon gave way to stages. Stelling has played many of New York's stages including Rockwood Music Hall, Highline Ballroom, Lit Lounge, Pianos, The Living Room, Bowery Electric, Sidewalk Cafe, Glasslands, The Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, etc. He has opened for many acclaimed national acts and headlined many of his own shows. He has toured regionally and nationally. His finger-style guitar playing comes off effortless, bringing to mind the likes of at times John Fahey and Sandy Bull and at other times that of Segovia. Christopher's song writing reaches deep, spineward, with a lyrical styling reminiscent of anything from Dylan, to Faulkner or Walt Whitman.

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Christopher Paul Stelling

Having already self released a 20-song album on his own, and recorded sessions with, Christopher's highly anticipated debut official full length album, "Songs of Praise and Scorn", was released in February.

- Averaging over 100 shows per year, Chad Elliott has been on the road for more than a decade performing a blend of roots, blues and folk music. He has played across the country and has been lauded as a modern-day troubadour.

Elliott has released seventeen full-length albums since he began his songwriting career. His latest studio album, "Redemption Man," was produced by Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown). It features the song, "Same, Old Way," which was the 2009 Woody Guthrie Festival song contest winner as well as a 3rd place winner in the 2009 International Songwriting Contest in the Americana category. Also on this album are the songs, "Redemption Man," and "Illinois," which won Elliott a new folk finalist spot in the 2008 Kerrville Folk Festival.

Writing songs that are part of his own identity, but full of relatable feeling, Elliott crafts music that can bring a crowd to tears or get them on their feet dancing, sometimes both.

"In the wide scope of Americana music live stories timeless as the land. With dynamic swells amid driven and transient melodies, Chad Elliott tells them one song at a time," said Sam Burrish of the Sioux City Journal.

He has shared the stage with well-known artists such as Odetta, Tom Paxton and Loudon Wainwright III. He has even swapped songs with some of the best, including native Iowan Dave Moore and Texas songwriter Eric Taylor.

Elliott is a 2006 open mic winner and his song, "How's the Weather," was chosen out of 300,000 folk songs as an award nominee for the top 20 new folk songs on Just Plain Folks.

Above all the Iowa songwriter's music slips stories about life as he has experienced it through living with the homeless, love, divorce, fatherhood and discovering inspiration in the modern world.

- Katianne Timko is an acoustic, folk/pop singer/songwriter who blasted into the Ohio music scene in 2011.

She grew up performing in musical theatre, but soon became unsatisfied always performing other people's songs. She began studying the guitar and writing her own lyrics as a way to express herself while making sense out of life's messy situations. She soon caught the attention of venues, musicians and fans alike.

In her first year of performing her own original material, she has already performed at Ballyhoo Music Festival, LemonRock Presents, Mojo's ShamRock 2011, and been featured on Clear Channel radio's "The Homegrown Show" and Rookery Radio. Katianne has played with such notable acts as Grammy Award nominated Jann Klose, Vermont's Heather Maloney, Woodson, and national touring bands The Zou and The Robbie Jay Band. The first lady of the Americana Rock Co., Katianne has just finished her first release - the "What I Wanted" EP produced by Pete Drivere of the Deadbeat Poets and the Infidels.



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