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 Joel Galloway and the Boys
Saturday at 9 PM – Down by the Branch
Joel and the Boys bring their classic country and light rock and blues to the Down by the Branch stage. Joel has been playing music since he was 12 and for the last three years has been a fixture at Union Station in Bogalusa on Thursdays. He recently won a regional music contest in New Orleans and made it to the semifinals in Nashville. His original song “Here’s to the Working Man” helped him advance through the contest and is now part of his regular performances. Lead guitarist Bobby Breland started playing rhythm and eventually lead guitar at the age of 14. His first musical artist influence was Garth Brooks and he draws inspiration and creative influence from guitarists/vocalists ranging from the late Merle Haggard to Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Tony Rice and beyond. “Bobby has the distinct ability to jump into a song he’s never heard and immediately play it better than you’ve ever heard it played,” said Joel. “I’d put him up against anyone in the world, but I wouldn’t trade him for a one of them.”

Carly & Carlon Wascom
Thursday at 3 PM – Down by the Branch
A 2007 graduate of Franklinton High School, Carly returns to the Down by the Branch stage. Raised in Franklinton, Carly lived in New York City for eight years and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan, a conservatory for the performing arts. While in New York, Carly performed in various neighborhoods and at different events in New York City. She returned to Louisiana in 2015 to further her education. Influenced by the likes of Grace Potter, Patsy Cline, Carole King, Carly
Simon, Loretta Lynn, June Carter, Etta James, Fleetwood Mac, and Nancy Sinatra, Carly performs a variety of songs that range from pop to country, classic rock, jazz, oldies, show tunes, gospel and bluegrass. She has been singing and performing in the Washington Parish area her entire life. Carly also teaches private voice and music lessons in the Hammond area. She will be accompanied by her father, Carlon. A local musician from Mt. Hermon, Carlon played lead guitar with the band Mainstreet as they entertained on the Northshore for over 25 years. He continues to play music with local musicians in the Washington and St. Tammany Parish area.

Big Daddy O,
Saturday at 1:30 – Down by the Branch
One of Washington Parish's most well-known artist, Big Daddy O returns to bring his music to the Down by the Branch stage. At 6' 6", Mt. Hermon native Owen Tufts' large frame supports an even larger voice that pulsates from a powerful shout down to a beautiful whisper. For more than 30 years Big Daddy O has been playing in roadhouses and bars in the Delta area near the Louisiana-Mississippi border. The last decade has seen him perform from Hawaii to Florida and Seattle to New Hampshire while receiving airplay on over 300 radio stations around the world.

Landon Michael
Saturday at 10:45 AM – Down by the Branch
Landon returns to Down by the Branch with his country music performance. Landon performed locally with friends before moving to Nashville to further his music career. He currently performs shows at Tootsies on Broadway and has played the Listening Room Café in Nashville. Landon has spent a lot of time writing his own music and recently released his first single “That’s What She Said” to iTunes, Spotify and all music distribution sources. Landon has opened for music superstars such as Clay Walker and Colt Ford in Ohio while also taking his talents to Georgia and other locations. A semifinalist in the NashNext 2017 competition, he is currently in the studio working on his next single which will be released in October.

The Singing Deacons
Thursday at 5:30 – Down by the Branch
The Singing Deacons are making their first appearance at the Down by the Branch stage. Dubbed as The Singing Deacons over 25 years ago, the four piece group from  McComb, MS has branched out from its Southern Gospel beginnings and now performs a variety of songs. The group includes a mixture of the Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers, Temptations, 60s pop music, Southern Gospel and more. Former Franklinton resident and LSU football standout Phil Murray makes up one fourth of the group.

Cross Ties Gospel Band
Wednesday at 6 PM – Down by the Branch
Cross Ties is a Gospel string band that performs traditional hymns, bluegrass and country songs with nontraditional arrangements. Based out of Pearl River County, MS, the band enjoys singing and playing the roots music of yesteryear and presenting it to new audiences with the band’s own unique Americana style. Cross Ties has performed at churches, festivals and concerts across the Gulf South region of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The 7 member group has released two CDs. Their first release, “Right On”, was a collection of hymns, gospel music and original songs recorded live. Their second release, “Down the Line”, contains a variety of all-time secular and religious music. The opening track, “My Heart Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, was nominated as Best Song in the 2016 Mississippi Music Foundation Awards.

The Trustys of Davo Crossing
Wednesday at 1:30 – Down by the Branch
Performing since 1997, The Trustys are a three-member band from Tylertown that consists of Danny and Linda Trusty and Robby Lavigne. A guitar player for over 60 years, Danny also plays mandolin, clawhammer banjo, fiddle and several other instruments while Linda plays upright bass and guitar. Robby has been a member of the group since 2013 and plays mandolin and guitar. All three sing lead and harmony vocals and often switch parts on many songs. The Magnolia State Bluegrass Association awarded Danny as their 2017 Guitar Player of the Year while Linda was chosen Female Vocalist of the Year for 2017. The group plays acoustically in the styles of blues, bluegrass, gospel, old-time and country while releasing four CDs. The Trustys were recently honored by the Mississippi Arts Commission with their inclusion as performing artists in the Mississippi Artist Roster.

The Jerseys
Friday at 5 PM – Down by the Branch
If you liked the musical “The Jersey Boys”, then you won’t want to miss The Jerseys! Performing for the first time at the Down by the Branch stage, this talented group will take you back in time with classic chart-toppers. The Jerseys are a high-energy tribute band performing the great classics of the 60s! Get ready to stomp, clap, and sing along to the tunes of the Drifters, the Beach Boys, the Temptations, and of course… Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The Jerseys have performed all over the country but some of their favorite performances have included opening for Nick Jonas, Patty Labelle, Mickey Mouse and even Frankie Valli himself. Each singer comes from their own exciting  backgrounds... from OffBroadway to Walt Disney World and even American Idol! This fun and interactive show is sure to get you on your feet and have you saying "Oh What a Night!"

The Bowling Family
Saturday at 3 PM – Down by the Branch
The Bowling Family combines talent and sincerity to create a memorable concert experience. Their goal is to usher in the presence of God and celebrate the Christian message. The group consists of Mike Bowling, his wife, Kelly and their daughter, Hope. Together they bring you their stories and songs in a way that is reminiscent of days gone by. Mike began playing piano and singing with legendary Southern Gospel groups as a teenager. He has been noted as the first Southern Gospel soloist to achieve back-to-back
number one positions on the Singing News Top 80 charts. Kelly sang with her family, The Crabb Family, until deciding to join her husband after the birth of the couple’s daughter, Hope. Hope officially joined the group in 2013 along with longtime friend Troy Peach. The Bowling Family’s debut release, “Faith to Believe”, garnered a record-setting four number one songs as well as the 2008 Song of the Year. The family has combined to produce 23 #1 songs, 3 GRAMMY nominations and 11 DOVE awards while becoming regulars at the Grand Ole Opry and collectively selling over 1.2 million recordings. They have made major music festivals from Morocco to Nashville and performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle and The Potter’s House.

The Baker Family
Friday at 1:30 and 7:00 and Saturday at 12:15 and 5:00 – Down by the Branch
The Baker Family returns to Down by the Branch for another year of entertainment. This bluegrass band has played at venues throughout the United States and was named the 2016 International Country Gospel Music Association Bluegrass Band of the Year and won first place in the Silver Dollar City Youth In Bluegrass Championship. 17-year-old Trustan Baker is the 2017 Tennessee State Grand Champion fiddler and the 2016 Arkansas State Champion. Siblings Carina (16 years old) and Elijah (13 years old) make up
half the band while mother Carrie Baker sings lead and harmony while playing the guitar. Elijah is the 2016 Missouri Junior State Fiddle Champion while Carina was a 2014 SPBGMA nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Victory Belles
Friday at 3:00 – Down by the Branch
Returning to the Down by the Branch stage are the popular, crowd-pleasing Victory Belles. The Victory Belles take you on a nostalgic journey through World War II-era musical classics. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with their spirited performances of such hits as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Chattanooga Choo Choo and I’ll Be Seeing You, all sung in rich, three-part harmony. The trio performs at The National World War II Museum as well as other events around the country. The Victory Belles will treat the Down by the Branch audience to a performance of timeless 1940s treasures while keeping America’s magical musical history alive!

The Foto Sisters
Wednesday at 4:30 – Down by the Branch
The Foto Sisters return to the Down by the Branch stage and bring their blend of Sacred Music while also being accomplished in a variety of string instruments. The three sisters from Clinton, LA have been performing together for over 14 years and make appearances in different venues including churches, schools and charity events. In 2015, they were invited to perform for the National Day of Prayer Service at the Louisiana State Capital. In September 2016, The Foto Sisters played an original string trio arrangement of the National Anthem at the New Orleans Saints game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In addition to their regular appearances as a trio, they have individually won concerto
competitions while soloing with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Youth Orchestra. The sisters have private studios of their own where they teach violin, viola, cello and piano. Adelyn, Katie and Gaylyn each began studying before the age of six.

Stormy, the Band
Friday at 9:00 PM – Down by the Branch
Stormy, the Band is billed as the hottest and most versatile band in the South. The popular cover band from Baton Rouge has a song list about as versatile as the group’s abilities. From top 40 to country, rock, soul, funk, R&B and big-band, Stormy offers something for the entire crowd. The eight piece band includes a female vocalist, a solid rhythm section and great horns. Every band member sings so you will not get tired of the same voice during the performance. Stormy, The Band has performed in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and all over Louisiana while pleasing all ages. The band has backed The Platters, Percy Sledge, Luther Kent and many others.