2018 West Stage Entertainment
Jenn Henderson - 9:00am
Jenn Henderson is a singer/self-taught guitarist, bartender, and student at Mississippi State University. She recently
found her place as a solo acoustic performer and continues to develop her musical style by making every
song her own; if asked what kind of music she plas, she’ll answer “everything but metal.” She especially loves to
play Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Bob Dylan. New to live performance, her favorite gigs so far as playing for a close
friend’s first dance in Dallas, TX, as well as opening for rapper Afroman in early February.
Honeyboy and Boots - 10:00am
Honeyboy and Boots are a husband/wife, guitar and cello duo with a unique style that is all their own. The songs Drew writes come straight from the heart. Their sound embodies Americana, traditional folk, alt-country, and blues. The duo formed in Mississippi in 2011 and in 2014 moved to the Nashville, TN area. They have opened for such acts as Verlon Thompson, The Josh Abbott Band, Cary Hudson (of Blue Mountain), and Rising Appalachia. This past year they have performed at the 2015 Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, TN. They also came in 2nd place at the 2015 Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout in Orange Beach, FL. Though they spend most of their time on the road, touring Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Washington and Idaho, they are proud to call Tennessee home!
Hood Baby and the Barnacles - 11:00am
Hood Baby and the Barnacles is a funktet whose members hail from 3 of the Southern states. Vocalist and Keyboardist Ronnie Bullock comes from Jackson, MS. Bullock grew up on the classic rock stylings of Queen, but has recently discovered an undying love for funk music, and uses his musicianship to replicate the groovy keyboard chops of his idols. Bass player Garrett Caver hails from Pratville, AL, and has always had a feel for the funk. Idolizing groups like Parliament and Funkadelic, Caver is the perfect man for the job when it comes to laying down a groove. Guitarist Wes Toner is from Hoover, AL, and was raised on blues music, using the greats such as Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman to bring a soulful tone to the group. Newest member of Hood Baby, Chase Carlton also has a sweet spot for rock n roll, but has proven himself in being able to create the perfect pocket for his band mates to lay in. The four demonstrate an uncanny chemistry with one another, creating music that is funky, ripe, and unbelievably tight. The quartet hopes for abundant success in the future.
Songwriter Competition Winners-12:00pm
Pictured in order from L to R:
1st - Soul Stainless
2nd - Jake Slinkard
3rd - Johnathan Barlow
Calvin Webster - 1:00pm
Calvin Webster is a Mississippi native and current Nashville performer. He plays roots-based acoustic music, spanning across many genres- while maintaining a fresh, soulful country style. In addition to his sets of original tunes, he entertains while playing audience favorites, feel-good fun songs, and classic country staples. Check him out on all social media platforms.
JSCO - 2:00pm
JSCO is an alt-pop band based out of Starkville, MS. They got their start in 2016 by winning Battle of the Bands at Mississippi State and opened for Bulldog Bash. JSCO has since performed throughout the southeast including Birmingham and Destin, FL. Their debut full-length album will be released this summer.
Empty Atlas - 3:00pm
Mississippi is a state known for storytellers, and that's certainly a term that applies to Jackson indie-rock band Empty Atlas. Lyricist and vocalist Micah Smith fronts the outfit, which released its debut full-length "Hestia" in December 2016, shortly before bassist Alex Ingram, guitarist Brennan Michael White and drummer Robert Currie Hansford joined. The four-piece is currently recording a new single, "Short Fiction," as well as a sophomore album.
Zach Day - 4:00pm
Zach Day was born in Jackson, raised in Greenville and now resides in Hazlehurst. Day is totally self-taught as a musician in all aspects including guitar, vocals, song writing, performing and business. He has developed a sound that is so raw with Delta Blues and Texas Country that he dubbed his unique style as “Cotton Country.” Even with over 20 original songs recorded, Day’s best work can still only be heard through his unforgettable live performances. His performances know no boundaries, including state or international lines. Day primarily performs
around his home state of Mississippi, but he has also played around Texas, Nashville, Alabama and Colorado. Most recently, he completed a 10-week tour of eastern Canada covering over 7,000 miles and playing over 30 live shows. With his first studio produced album “Mississippi Heat” getting attention around the globe, the film industry has also gotten on board featuring two songs off the album “Smoke Rises Again” and “Gonna
Know My Name” in the Indie Films “Don’t Come Around Here” and the soon to be released documentary “Dixie Mafia”. You can expect to experience a majority of original work when hearing Day perform, but he also covers a wide range of artists including Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Ryan Bingham, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earl, The Band, Creedence Clearwater
Revival and many others.