With headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Larkin Poe, Samantha Fish and North Mississippi Allstars, Carson City is set to host a mutli-day music festival Oct. 2-3
Battle, Axe and Tracks has 15 artists taking the stage at the V&T Railway Eastgate Depot.
The lineup includes both award-winning and emerging rock, funk and blues musicians. Headlining is Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a famed blues rock guitarist and songwriter who has sold millions of albums and is a national #1 Billboard recording artist and five-time Grammy Award nominee. His more than 20-year career started at just the age of 16 and has made his name synonymous with the genre of blues guitar. Shepherd performs Sunday, Oct. 3.
Grammy Award nominee Larkin Poe is a sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell. Topping Billboard charts in 2020 with their fifth album, “Self Made Man,” the album put the duo at the top of the “Top New Artists Albums” charts and climbed to No. 1 on the “Blues Albums” charts. Larkin Poe performs Saturday, Oct. 2.
North Mississippi Allstars earned a Grammy Award nomination for their latest album, “Up and Rolling,” at the 2021 Grammys. The group is an American blues and southern rock band hailing from Mississippi comprised of brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson. The North Mississippi Allstars perform Saturday, Oct. 2.
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish joins the lineup from Kansas City, Missouri. Fish’s albums range multiple genres including blues, rock, country, funk and bluegrass. Her latest album, “Kill or Be Kind,” is her sixth solo album and solidifies her place in the top ranks of contemporary blues guitarists. Samantha Fish performs Sunday, Oct. 3.
The multi-day music festival features 15 total musicians and bands. Eighteen-year-old Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is an up-and-coming, ferocious guitar player. He has shared the stage with Gregg Allman, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash and many more notable musicians. “Taz” performs Saturday, Oct.2.
Additional artists slated for the Saturday lineup include one of the world’s best slide guitarists Dennis Johnson & the Mississippi Ramblers; nationally touring, powerhouse quintet, Jelly Bread; Carolyn Wonderland, a Texas blues artist; Nashville artist, Antsy McClain, a local favorite blending music and comedy.
Sunday brings blues billboard artists Ally Venable, acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist with Billboard-topping singles; Ron Artis II & the Truth, a rock and blues artist from Hawaii; Ian Moore, a tried-and-true musician with 14 releases to date and more than 30 years of traveling the world with his music. Eric Henry Andersen Band, known for award-winning songwriting, has toured the nation sharing festival bills and opening for acts like Train, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more. Six Mile Station brings folk, country, blues and rock together with a five-piece band from Reno and will be featured during the railbike tours on both days.
Battle, Axe & Tracks goes beyond music with a full entertainment experience with tickets including the V&T Railway’s Freedom Railbikes and axe throwing, along with a beer garden, food vendors and more. Tickets to the festival are available online now at BattleAxeandTracks.com.