Acts added to the Riverfest lineup


 By Donna Thornton/News Editor    
    The Chamber, Gadsden & Etowah County continues to lock in its schedule of performers for Riverfest 2013 with the announcement of two more performers – both with Alabama ties.
    St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be the middle act on Friday (May 31), performing between Reluctant Saints and Styx.
    Southside’s own Kate Falcon will be the opening act on Saturday (June 1). Jeremy Jackson, another local performer, also takes the stage Saturday night. The Chamber expects to announce the headlining act for Saturday night soon.
    St. Paul and the Broken Bones, behind front man Paul Janeway of Birmingham, performed earlier this month at South by Southwest, and according to, has become a “buzz band” with an in-the-can album produced by Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner.
    The Nashville Scene article described Janeway as a “soul shouter” and the band’s sound as “that of a Southern soul horn band with a keen, kenetic rhythmic attack.”
    Falcon has performed locally for a year or so, and is making a name for herself outside Etowah County. Last fall she got the chance to sing onstage with Martina McBride at the Ryman Auditorium, and stole the song, if not the show, from one of her favorite performers.
    Falcon experienced her first opportunity to sing on the “big stage” after winning a competition to be the opener for Travis Tritt at the age of 11. Falcon was of the Grand Prize winners of the Alabama Talent Hunt, a statewide vocal competition in 2012, in both the Country and Christian genres.
    Falcon is an 8th grader at Rainbow Middle School, and she has been generous in lending her talents to promote anti-bullying campaigns at her school and county-wide.
    As a performer, Falcon sings anything from her favorite contemporary country songs to some of the best classics. She will soon release her first three singles recorded at grammy award winning studio, Eclectic Studios, in Nashville, Tenn.

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