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Steamy Shows 'n Much More 

Hello, Wonderful! 

July and August in Kentucky are my favorite. I feel cleansed, sometimes dazed, and fully present in my body and more-than-human nature. I look forward to sharing some steamy music medicine with y'all as summer draws to a close. 

West Sixth Farm Live Music Fridays 

July 22 / September 2 / 7-9 PM 

Our next West Sixth Farm series show is Friday, July 22. Nat and I have a vulnerably fun duo show planned for y'all. Join us for beautiful views and yummy brews.

Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival 

July 30 

The Kentucky Heartwood Music Festival returns! We're excited to headline this year with our dear fiddlin' friend, Jimmy Kalb plus special guests, Jasmine Fouts and Nathan Brown. Come dance and donate to support our forests! 

Castle & Key Springhouse Music Series 

August 3 / 6-8:30 PM 

Nat and I are thrilled to perform at Castle & Key Distillery's Springhouse Music Series, featuring our music, food trucks, and drinks for purchase on the Springhouse lawn. Gates open at 5 PM, music at 6 PM. Get your tickets today. 

Locals Food Hub & Pizza Pub 

August 12 / 6-8 PM 

Get your tastebuds and toes dancin' at our Locals duo show! If you or a friend have still not been there, this is the time. We love this place, and we know you will, too. 

Mingle at the Springhouse

August 25 / 5:30-8:30 PM  

Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce and Whittaker Bank host this annual event at Castle & Key Distillery, in support of Yes Arts, an arts-based nonprofit near and dear to my heart. Get your tickets here.

Creative Connections (In Other News...) 

A large part of my intention as an artist is help build socio-ecological resilience through shared creative experiences, inclusive spaces, and by cultivating joy and resource sharing however I can. So, I've included a new section of my newsletter to share related projects I'm involved with or simply excited about. 

Kentucky Youth Climate Activism Research 

My graduate thesis, "Significant Life Experiences of Kentucky Youth Climate Activists," is out in the world, available online at UKnowledge. Young folx in our communities are not only taking action to address climate change and its intersecting social justice issues in Kentucky and the world, but also are envisioning and creating the infrastructure we need to take care of one another in the face of an uncertain future. I'm incredibly humbled to have witnessed and been entrusted to share these stories. 

Artist Opportunities 

Kentucky Foundation for Women's Artist Enrichment Grant 

LexPhil is Hiring Teaching Artists 

Live Music Experiences 

Live music feeds my soul, and by attending live music, we help feed artists. Here are some upcoming live music experiences I have my soul set on: The Mountain Grrl Experience (July 22-23 in Pikeville, KY), Tahlsound Concert Series (Lexington, KY) & Levitt Amp Berea Music Series. 

SAVE THE DATE: I'm thrilled to help organize Josephine Sculpture Park and LexPhil's Symphonic Stroll on September 10 (rain date September 17) and Bluebirds of Central Kentucky's Festival of the Bluebird on September 24. Check 'em out and get your tickets today! 


With gratitude, 

Jeri Katherine

West Sixth Farm 2022 Concert Dates Announced 

Announcing West Sixth Farm 2022 Concert Dates 

Join us at West Sixth Farm in Franklin County for brews, food & tunes. Mark your calendars, y'all! 

St. Patrick's Day Brunch - This Sunday! 

Sunday, March 13 / 1-3 PM 

Jeri Katherine & Nat, West Sixth brews & Bell on Wheels food truck 

Live Music Fridays 

May 13 / 7-9 PM 

June 10 / 7-9 PM 

July 22 / 7-9 PM 

September 2 / 7-9 PM 

Stay tuned on Facebook Instagram for food truck, duo & full band performance details.  

With love & gratitude, 

Jeri Katherine & Nat

Mid Winter Music <3 

Mid winter has me feeling all kinds of ways: nostalgic, grounded, focused, joyful, and excited for a warm and vibrant spring. After a lovely and intentional break, I'm slowly returning to live performances. Check out show details below, or enjoy our latest virtual concert if you're unable to join us in-person... 

Monday, February 14 / 5:30-7:30 PM 

Jeri K. & Nat with guest, Jasmine Fouts 

Locals Food Hub & Pizza Pub / Frankfort, KY  

Celebrate love with us at  Locals Food Hub & Pizza Pub this Valentine's Day! Check out their awesome specials and come vibe with us from 5:30-7:30 PM. 

Saturday, March 12 / 1-3 PM 

Jeri K. & Nat / West Sixth Farm / Frankfort, KY 

We're kicking off our monthly summer concerts at West Sixth Farm a little early! Hang out at one of our favorite places to play and enjoy their St. Patrick's Day-inspired specials. 

Red Barn Radio Full Concert on YouTube 

Back in November, Nat and I performed a live show for Red Barn Radio! The crew was fantastic (hence the fun post-production photo), and we learned a lot about performing on a weeknight. 

You can catch our full performance from the safety and comfort of home: Jeri Katherine & Nat Red Barn Radio Concert

Songwriting Residency with Franklin County Public Schools 

This week, I wrapped up a 3-day residency with Franklin County Public School's Gifted & Talented program. After three days and several songwriting tools later, students wrote twenty-eight original songs! More importantly, they created the brave space for all of us to explore ourselves, learn from and challenge one another, and take creative risks. 

Big thanks and love to all the public school teachers making opportunities for their students every day despite unprecedented challenges.  


With love, kindness & gratitude, 

Jeri Katherine

Happy Anniversary! Why This Folk Duo Loves Playing Music Together 



July 14 is our wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we share two videos that highlight why we love each other so much.

We love playing music together. What do we cherish most about our musical partnership? What do we admire about each other as musicians? Find out in this sweet interview with fellow singer-songwriter, Jasmine Fouts.


Here's one version of our musical love story! 

You're Invited! CD Release Show / Friday, July 9 / West Sixth Farm 

Dear friends: 

Thanks to your support over the years, Nat Colten and I released our debut duo album, Holding On, about one month ago. We invite you to celebrate with us THIS FRIDAY, JULY 9 at our CD RELEASE SHOW - a public, free & all ages concert at West Sixth Farm in Frankfort, KY! We are debuting our band for this show, too: Ellie Miller, Nathan Link, Jordon Ellis, Nat Colten & yours truly. If you are able to support us further, please bring cash/checks for tips and CD purchases. 

Jeri Katherine Howell & Nat Colten 

Holding On CD Release Show 

ft. Ellie Miller, Jordon Ellis & Nathan Link 

West Sixth Farm 

Friday, July 9 from 7-9 PM 

FREE Entrance / Tips & CD Purchases Welcome 

West Sixth Brews, Community Que Food Truck & Outdoor Seating (if you plan to arrive around 7 or later and want to see the stage, we suggest you bring a chair) 

Nat Colten and I share where and how we imagine folks are listening to Holding On, in an interview with Jasmine Fouts. 

Where and how are YOU listening to the album? Let us know! 

Get your physical or digital copy today at jerikatherinehowell.com, Poor Richard's Books, a live show (CD Release Show Friday, July 9 at West Sixth Farm!), or where music streams. 

With love & kindness, please take care. We hope to see you soon. 

Jeri Katherine & Nat

New Album Available Now! 







Frankfort Singer-Songwriters Jeri Katherine Howell And Nat Colten Announce Debut Duo Album 

By Emma Comery 


Local singer-songwriters Jeri Katherine Howell and Nat Colten are thrilled to announce their debut duo album, Holding On, which drops today - June 1, 2021. 

Though the couple -- in music and life -- has performed together for years and previously collaborated on a track for Jeri Katherine's 2013 album, Collage, this new album marks their first duo project, and is Nat's debut album as a singer-songwriter. 

Written over several years of travelling and living in different states and countries, the songs of Holding On reflect on what it means to come back to Kentucky and do just that -- hold on to their hometown, the land they live on, each other, and community amid times of chaos and difficulty. 

“We pulled the album together after we came back from living in Costa Rica and made the intentional decision to root in Kentucky and make music here,” Jeri Katherine says. “It was an exhalation.” 

Composed of five tracks written by Jeri Katherine and five by Nat, Holding On celebrates the duo’s connection to place and community. The album includes songs written across several years and sometimes even across different continents, but the resulting work is a seamless reflection on the interconnection and interdependence of nature, self, and community, with threads of social and environmental justice. 

“It’s very much a homecoming album,” Nat shares. “It’s about what home means to me, and the people and places I’ve grown up around and how they’ve contributed to my heart.” 

Born and raised in Frankfort, Jeri Katherine and Nat grew up on bluegrass, Appalachian, country, classical, and world musical traditions, and they sow seeds of each into their own lyrics and melodies to create a signature Folk/Americana sound. With Howell on guitar and Colten playing banjo, their vocals pour out like bourbon and Ale-8 -- a sweet burn, mixed well and meant to be. 

Holding On was recorded on Jeri Katherine's former family farm in Frankfort, a place of deep significance to both Howell and Nat as children and adults. The project features musical accompaniment from an array of talented Kentucky artists -- Jordon Ellis (drums, recording, mixing), Ellie Miller (fiddle, viola), Nathan Link (bass), and Braden Urevick (guitar). The album was mastered by Justin Perkins of Mystery Room Mastering in Wisconsin. Frankfort photographer Joa McDaniel shot the cover art beneath an old shagbark hickory on the former family farm. 

After over a year of writing and recording at home, Jeri Katherine and Nat are excited to return to the live music scene with a summer-long series of monthly Friday-night performances at West Sixth Farm in Frankfort. The farm is also hosting the CD release show on Friday, July 9, at which the musicians featured on the CD will perform together on a live stage for the first time. These shows are 7-9 PM and are free and open to the public. 

Holding On drops TODAY - June 1, 2021 - and is available for purchase at jerikatherinehowell.com/store. You can also listen where music streams and purchase a CD at Poor Richard's Books in Frankfort.

Devils Hollow Music Video Debut 

My partner in love and music wrote this beautiful song, "Devil's Hollow," inspired by the place and stories of our hometown. You can now enjoy this tune and the place that inspired it in this new music video! Nat shares:  

"I grew up in the tributaries of the Benson Creek watershed and have spent a lot of time admiring the various communities that this land and water continue to support. My song Devil's Hollow was inspired by a history of humanity in this area - of people taking care of one another. It was also inspired by the forces, both biotic and abiotic, that have shaped this landscape for millennia. When I come to the confluence of the north and south fork, I am reminded of my insignificance. Water began sculpting these hills and soils long before humans came to reside here. Yet I am also reminded of how powerful human kindness can be. I have no doubt that humans will continue to live and care for one another amongst these hills for many generations to come. 

My good friend Zachary Mason made this video happen, but we were able to better do this landscape justice with the help of Daniel Evans and his flying camera. Devil's Hollow will be on my first album, which is a collaboration with my wife Jeri Katherine Howell. This project would not have been possible without the experience and artistry of Jordon Ellis, Ellie Ruth, or Nathan Link. We are very excited to share our finished album with you all in the coming months. 

In the mean time, enjoy the scenery." 

Ironweed in Bloom...Summer Shows 


Ironweed's in bloom, which means steamy summer shows for you dear folks. Come see us! 



Friday, July 26, 6-10 PM // Join us for a FREE pop-up air market downtown Frankfort with local music, arts and crafts, delicious food, craft beer, children's activities and more! We will be playing tunes - with some friends! - in front of Silo Ridge Maker's Market on St. Clair St.  



Saturday, August 3, 5-11 PM // My nephew, Brooks, lives on a ventilator and feeding tube with a rare genetic disease known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD). The nonprofit organization, Smash SMARD, and my family are raising funds to support promising gene therapy that can help save baby Brooks' life. Smash SMARD Fest at Josephine Sculpture is to raise awareness and funds about SMARD and includes fun for everyone: outdoor movie (Ralph Breaks the Internet), outdoor and art activities, sculpture scavenger hunt, pie smashing station, food truck, West Sixth brews, ice cream & popcorn, drum circle, dance performance and MORE! $10 parking + cash donations for activities gratefully accepted. If you want to donate but cannot attend the event, please do so online here. Learn more about Brooks' story here



Friday, August 23, 7-9 PM // West Sixth Farm in Franklin County has become one of our concert homes. We invite you to join us for a great atmosphere with music, hiking trails, food truck & delicious brews. All ages welcome. 



Sunday, August 18, 5-9 PM // Nat and I are thrilled to once again open for Ben Sollee and Jordon Ellis, this time at Josephine Sculpture Park! Barn Raisin' is a fundraiser to help JSP add 10 acres  to the park, restore an historic tobacco barn and host more creative community events and art and nature programs. Includes live music in their beautiful outdoor amphitheatre, BBQ (or veggie burger) dinner with dessert from Pollo Bandito and fresh brews from West Sixth. Tickets are limited and on sale now at this link.




  • We are booking HOUSE CONCERTS for the fall & winter! If you or someone you know would like to host our music in their living room/backyard for friends, contact me for more info.


  • This month, I was accepted into the Kentucky Arts Council Teaching Artist Directory! The directory is a roster of adjudicated Kentucky artists who produce high quality artistic work and have both the skills and competencies needed to collaborate with teachers and students in designing and implementing arts education programs. The directory serves as a resource for schools of all levels as well as a variety of organizations who may want to employ qualified teaching artists. Stay tuned for ways your school or organization can take advantage of this great opportunity!  


  • You may notice my NEW ironweed-inspired LOGOS, carefully designed by Anna LeMay to reflect my style & story. If your creative work needs branding, an event poster, logo or other promotional image, I encourage you to work with Anna! Check out her work and contact her today: Anna LeMay Creative



Best wishes to you and yours.  

Jeri K. 

Kentucky Women's Voices 

Good afternoon, friends. I had to send out a special email for several special announcements! 

Hope to see you songbirds soon... 



April 13 / 7 PM. Join us Saturday for an evening of original music and writings from four decades of Kentucky women, singing and musing about home, the land, social justice, politics, the environment, and other matters close to the heart. The performance will take place in Lexington's new home for music and culture, The Kentucky School. Get your tickets now as space is limited! 

From Carla herself:  "There are so many reasons I am looking forward to this show! (But you'd better get your tickets now, as it's a small room! 

1. My amazing daughters, Zoey and Maizie will be showcasing their songwriting chops and vocal/instrumental talents. 
2. The incomparable Jeri Katherine Howell, with whom I've been playing since she was a baby folksinger of 12, will exhibit her prodigious vocal and writing skills. 
3. Fellow Letcher-County homegirl Tiffany Williams is going to lay down her country-grass-Appalachian poetry in musical form. 
4. One of my dearest friends, Bobi Conn, will read excerpts from her gorgeous upcoming memoir, "In the Shadow of the Valley"--take that, J.D. Vance! 
5. This will all take place in the new music school and venue The Kentucky School, started by my good buddy Brett Ratliff and located in downtown Lexington. 

All of this is a bargain at $20 per ticket. But seriously---go get some tickets now, as they won't last!" 

#smashSMARDchallenge #savebabybrooks 

Listen to our latest tune and watch us smash whipped cream pies in our faces to raise awareness and funds for SMARD research. Spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1 is an inherited condition that causes muscle weakness and respiratory failure typically beginning in infancy. Our baby nephew, Brooks, has been diagnosed with this rare disease, and we are reaching out to you for your love and support. For more information and to donate, visit www.smashsmard.org. THANK YOU! 


May 11 / 2-10 PM at Church of the Ascension in Frankfort. Experience Cowan Creek Mountain Music School in Kentucky's capital city! This will be a full day of concerts, square dancing, jam sessions, cake walks, silent auction, food, and more; featuring faculty and students of the school both past and present. All proceeds go to benefit CCMMS which takes place June 24-28 in Letcher County, KY. 

2-6pm - Concert 
Featuring: John Harrod & Tona Barkley, Karly Dawn Milner, Brett Ratliff, Jeri Katherine Howell, The Webb Twins String Band, and more! 

7-10pm - Square Dance 


June 7. Look at that lineup; we are floored that we are on it! For the first time, Nat and I will join the lineup for the annual RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival in Madison, IN! We'd like to thank our long-term supporter, Liz McCutcheon, for advocating to get our music heard among the incredible lineup for this festival. Join us on June 7! Purchase tickets and learn more here. THE MILK CARTON KIDS!? 


June 21/ 6-9PM. Calling all Louisville folks who have been asking us to perform near their town! Here we come! Enjoy this amazing outdoor venue, and two amazing sets of music from Nellie Pearl and Nat Colten with yours truly. 

Best wishes to you and yours. 

Jeri K.

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