Indiana Music: Rusty Bladen finalist in Merlefest songwriting contest

Madison’s roots-rocker Rusty Bladen is a finalist in a prestigious songwriting contest and will travel to Wilkesboro, North Carolina to perform on April 29th at 2pm as part of the four-day Merlefest Music Festival.

“Bakersfield Wine”, a song co-written by Bladen with Louisville’s Mickey Clark, is one of three songs in the country category (though the song is more Americana than the broader country designation) “Chris Austin Songwriting Contest“. Winners will play between headlining acts on the 29th.

Bladen will play at Bloomington’s Four Winds Resort on May 29, and headline the Greenwood Park Mall Concert Series on June 16.

He also hosts a weekly webcast on his website, called “Live from the Living Room” – a 30-minute show presented live on the web and archived for on-demand viewing.

Hear: “Bakersfield Wine” – audio from “Live in the Living Room”

Robert Plant will headline Merlefest festival on May 1. merlefest.org

VIDEO: Bobbie Lancaster: Live at WFHB

Bloomington’s Americana singer/songwriter Bobbie Lancaster visited WFHB radio and performed as part of the station’s fundraising drive. Great sound (and isn’t that what can make this kind of simple video go from good to great?) and a peek inside the spartan and unassuming cool little radio studio that offers a consistently thoughtful blend of new folk/Americana/alt-country music.