About the Event
Over the course of his 25-year career, Nolan McKelvey has covered nearly every corner of the country and traversed all roads of Americana—from the pavement of alt-country and the dusty trails of bluegrass to the gravel roads of classic-country and the interstate highway of rock ’n’ roll. McKelvey has received critical acclaim along the way from No Depression, Country Standard Time, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, and Performer magazine, among many others. He has opened for luminaries of Americana, including Greg Brown, Los Lobos, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Leon Russell, Gregory Alan Isakov, Son Volt, Josh Ritter, David Grisman, and many more. McKelvey performed in several bands in Boston and was dubbed “Central to the (Boston) roots-rock revival” by WBUR radio.
Since returning to Arizona, McKelvey was named “Best Musician” by the readers of the Arizona Daily Sun and has been dubbed “One of the best songwriters in the Southwest” and “Flagstaff’s Poet Laureate” (FlagLive). McKelvey’s studio credits include recording with Grammy®-winner Levon Helm (The Band), Dana Colley and Billy Conway (Morphine), Paul Q. Koldrie (Pixies, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and more), and Jennifer Kimball (The Story, Wayfaring Strangers). His songs have appeared on more than 20 releases to date. He has performed at the Newport Folk Festival (Rhode Island), Cambridge Folk Festival (Massachusetts), Boston Folk Festival (Massachusetts), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado), Sedona Bluegrass Festival (Arizona), Tweed River Music Festival (Vermont), Roots on the River (Vermont), Tilted Earth Music Festival (Arizona), Musical Instrument Museum World Music Festival (Arizona), and Pickin’ in the Pines Acoustic Music Festival (Arizona). His music has aired on nationally syndicated radio shows like World Café, Nashville Bluegrass Breakdown, and Car Talk. Nolan McKelvey Trio includes violin phenom Megyn Neff and longtime McKelvey collaborator Tim Hogan on bass.