Freedom Food Festival
<h3>The stage is located at the intersection of Main and Washington Streets, in front of the old Courthouse.</h3><h1><br></h1><h1><span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">Bands (2023)</span></h1><h3><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Matt Koziol</a></h3><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">New Jersey native Matt Koziol is reminiscent of a barrel-aged bourbon that’s been hiding away in a discerning collector’s personal vault, saved for the perfect occasion—and the occasion is now. From the first sip, Koziol’s voice cuts through with a buzz that confirms you’re in for a treat. Like only the best bourbons, his music and persona have been distilled and drip with tradition, authenticity, and quality.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;"><img class="q-image" src="" alt="block_ID_5">Koziol has built a career and put in his 10,000 hours as a collaborator—co-writer, sideman, producer. But in May of 2022, he made his official Nashville debut with </span><em style="background-color: transparent;">Wildhorse</em><span style="background-color: transparent;">—the debut album released via RED Creative Group. When you ask him, he’ll say the rest has been a blur. Since then, his team has grown to include CAA (booking) and WHY&amp;HOW (co-management).&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">The album, produced by Matthew Odmark (original member of Jars of Clay), opened up doors that Koziol never dreamed up for himself. The album’s first single, “Work All Day,” was featured in Netflix’s ‘Mo,’ garnering praise from Brooklyn Vegan, WMOT, and more. He’s also been busy on the road, sharing the stage with Whiskey Myers, 49 Winchester, Jordan Davis, Maren Morris, and Hailey Whitters to name a few.&nbsp;</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent;">The deluxe version of Koziol’s debut album, Wildhorse (Barrel Aged), is due March 2023—including three new tracks: “Work All Day” featuring Drake White, “Loving You Loving Me” featuring ZZ Ward, and “My Love from the Road.” He’ll be supporting Whiskey Myers for their 2023 tour, in addition to festival appearances and more.</span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><h3><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Cris Jacobs Band</a></h3><p>From Baltimore comes Cris Jacobs — an unexpectedly gritty soul-blues singer and guitarist with outlaw country ethos. Blending a variety of musical traditions, Jacobs creates a distinctive voice and sound of his own punctuated by emotive songwriting and explosive guitar playing. Equally at home playing heartfelt Americana ballads or funky blues rockers, Jacobs is known for his mesmerizing live shows, where his improvisational guitar playing, powerhouse band, and deep reservoir of songs make each night a unique experience.</p><p><br></p><p><img class="q-image" src="" alt="block_ID_6"></p><p>Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2017, Jacobs has collaborated with the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville, and earned opening slots on tours with Sturgill Simpson and Steve Winwood.</p><p><br></p><p>In his early days coming up in Baltimore, Jacobs spent 10 years as a member of eclectic rock band The Bridge before making his debut as bandleader and sole songwriter with 2012’s Songs for Cats and Dogs, emerging with renewed focus and a refined sound.</p><p><br></p><p>With three solo albums to his name, a collaborative record with Ivan Neville aptly titled “Neville Jacobs”, songwriting credits that include bluegrass artists Audie Blaylock and Frank Solivan, New Orleans funksters Dumpstaphunk, and gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama, Jacobs continues to evolve and display his wide range of writing and performing prowess. “No matter the song”, he says, “I just like to keep it soulful and let the music speak for itself”.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>East Nash Grass</strong></a></p><p>"Nashville's newest bluegrass ambassadors," East Nash Grass comes as a refreshing break -- a balance of undeniably hard-driving bluegrass alongside surprisingly introspective songwriting and earnest narration. Featuring a who’s-who of Nashville’s hottest young pickers, the joy and passion these musicians feel towards the genre is infused in every note they play and every word they sing.</p><p><br></p><p>East Nash Grass is Grand Master Fiddle champion Maddie Denton, Gaven Largent (dobro), James Kee (guitar &amp; vocals), Jeff Picker (bass) and TWO! IBMA Momentum Award-winners for Best Instrumentalist, Cory Walker (banjo) &amp; Harry Clark (mandolin).</p><p><br></p><p><img class="q-image" src="" alt="block_ID_10"></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><h3><em style="background-color: rgb(251, 252, 254);">Music and stage arranged by&nbsp;</em><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: rgb(251, 252, 254);"><em>Lime Kiln Theater</em></a><em>.</em></h3>