Joelle Hochstedler

Joelle Hochstedler grew up making music with her family. Her focused, immersive sound is a much-anticipated feature in her annual appearances at the festival. Joelle’s performances demonstrate the depth of talent springing from the soil of rural Ohio.



The Zach Whitney Show

Zach Whitney is a hero in the Columbus music scene, and has been featured in PBS’s “Songs at the Center”. He is also a favorite of the festival and the author of “Madden Road Folk Song”. He returns this year to bless us with his incomparable live show.


Harold Hensley

“The ‘Golden Voice’ of Dayton Roots Music” – Dr J WUDR

“It would be difficult to argue that statement. Harold Hensley’s delivery is as powerful and unique as it is familiar and classic. It’s instantly gratifying and comforting, yet wrought with emotion and tinged with wisdom of heartache and hard times. Of course, the songs follow suit and are similarly accessible whilst complex and begging for return listening; an Americana classic upon arrival”. – from Magnaphone Records


Amber Hargett

Dayton-based singer/songwriter Amber Hargett blends folk, rock, pop, roots and soul sounds into her unique storytelling style. Her writing attempts to balance honesty with empathy and reflect truths about faith, life, and relationships.


Amanda Roberts

Inspired by the music of Rich Mullins, Amanda purchased her first hammered dulcimer in 2000. Since then, she has performed in various venues and has collaborated with a number of instruments. Recently, she placed first in the Mid-East Regional Hammer Dulcimer Championship and went on to become the 2017 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion.


Black Locust Schedule

2:45-3:15  Amanda Roberts
4:45-5:15  Harold Hensley Music
5:30-5:45 Dye Family Pop-Up
6:45-7:15  The Zach Whitney Show
7:30-8:00  Joelle Hochstedler
9:15-9:45  Amber Hargett