Country music star Deana Carter will headline the annual Franklin Parish Catfish Festival scheduled for April 12 in Winnsboro.
According to festival director Paul Price Jr., Carter’s appearance will cap off an outstanding lineup of musical acts scheduled for this year’s festival, which will be held for the 28th consecutive year in historic downtown Winnsboro.
“We’re pretty excited with the musical lineup this year,” Price said. “We’ll have three all day music stages, and the musical acts tend to draw a lot of people to the festival. Plans are falling into place for what we hope is yet another successful run on April 12th.”
Admission to the festival is $5 per person, and proceeds are put back into the community throughout the year in a variety of ways, including scholarships for parish college-bound students, as well as for worthwhile community endeavors. In addition, the crowd generated by the festival is used by a number of parish non-profits as a fundraising opportunity.
Also on the music schedule is the popular Newworldson, a Canadian gospel quartet whose signature sound of inspirational lyrics and an eclectic blend of 60’s soul, funk, rock and gospel, will generate a live show that can't be missed.
Also scheduled is the ever popular Leroy Marshall – known in this area as L. C. Smoove - as well as the high energy “Blues Boyz” from Jackson, Mississippi, who will make a return engagement to the festival with their outstanding dance band repertoire featuring a solid horn section.
In addition, Christian entertainer Michael English and his southern gospel sound is also on this year’s schedule, as well as a number of local and regional artists including Mike McKenzie, Gene King and the Franklin Opry Band, Lainey Wilson, Angel McLemore, Lil Nate and others.
“There will definitely be something for everyone at this year’s festival,” said festival entertainment coordinator Nathan Roberts. “We’ve got it all, from a Grammy-nominated country artist with a local connection to gospel groups to rock and roll to funk; it’s a great lineup, and folks of all ages should be able to hear some sounds they really like.”
Schedules have yet to be released by the festival, but they will be posted on the festival website and publicized through news releases and social media once they are determined.
Deana Carter is the daughter of the late studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr. of Winnsboro, who influenced his daughter’s career through his work with artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings and Simon and Garfunkel.
Deana’s brother Jeff, who grew up in Winnsboro, will be part of the band performing when she takes the stage. Deana Carter took the country music industry by storm with her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” more than a decade ago.
The album was anchored by the super hit ” Strawberry Wine”, which was voted the CMA Single of the Year in 1998, and propelled her to a Grammy nomination for Best Country Music Vocal Performance that same year.
Deana was also a co-writer of “You and Tequila”, which was nominated as CMA’s “Song of the Year” in 2011, and received two Grammy nods, notably the coveted “Song of the Year” in 2012. The song also received a nomination as ACM’s “Song of the Year”
Newworldson were formed in 2006 and within a short time found themselves winning awards and playing with some of the genre's titans. The band's unique sound earned them awards as Best New Artist and Roots/Folk Album of the Year at the Gospel Music Awards in Canada, as well as an opening slot of Christian music giants Newsboys on that group's 2007-2008 tour.
In 2012, Newworldson released their fourth album "Rebel Transmission", which cracked iTunes top ten for Christian/Gospel/Inspirational albums in the US and Canada, and scored another top-three single with "Learning To Be The Light", a song that remained on US Christian radio charts for nearly a year.
"Rebel Transmission" received critical acclaim for "its willingness to take its music down musical avenues not commonly traveled by artists of faith.”