The Buckeye Furnace Fall Festival is pleased to announce that the entertainment for their Saturday, Oct 2 event will include local singer and musician Andy Milliken and, new to the festival this year, the Sour Mash String Band. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and join the Friends of Buckeye Furnace for a day of family fun and activities.

The Buckeye Furnace Fall Festival, presented by The Friends of Buckeye Furnace, is scheduled for noon. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Buckeye Furnace State Memorial at 123 Buckeye Park Road in Milton Township. Buckeye Furnace is located east of Wellston, off State Route 124 and Buckeye Furnace Road.

In addition to the entertainment, there is expected to be approximately 40 vendors present, food concessions, a baked goods auction, games, kids’ activities, and Little Miss and Little Mister contests.

The Sour Mash String Band is an Americana Bluegrass band that started in 2015 when surveyor musician/songwriter Josh Moody met up with former WVU football player musician/ songwriter Cody Nutter. They started playing at local venues and open mics and when they were asked to provide a band for a gig, they called on some musician friends. The chemistry and tunes started flowing effortlessly.

It wasn’t long until they were playing all along the West Virginia and Ohio border towns, bringing their own flavor of bluegrass music everywhere they went. Playing everything from high energy foot-stomping songs to soulful, laid-back, bluesy numbers, the Sour Mash String Band brings a unique sound and flavor to their performances.

The band is based in the Mid-Ohio Valley with members from various cities up to two hours away. They have played a variety of fairs, festivals and venues, including the John Hartford Festival in Indiana, the Millennium Music Conference and Showcase in Harrisburg Pennsylvania (where one of their songs was chosen to showcase on the conference CD), and in Nashville Tennessee, where they were interviewed and featured on the Nashville Side Streets Show. Some other venues include the Sam Jam Preview, the Rudy Fest, the Poston Lake Bluegrass Festival, The Penny Royal and various others in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

They released their first album, “Down the Highway,” in May 2016, recorded at Hilltop Line Studio in Kentucky. It is distributed worldwide and can be found on Apple ITunes, CD Baby, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube. Their second album, “Roll Me Away,” is produced by Bernie Nau at Peachfork Studios and contains many original songs by Josh Moody and Cody Nutter. This album was released in October of 2020.

The band consists of four members: Josh Moody, on guitar and vocals; Cody Nutter on mandolin and vocals; Harry Kuhn on upright bass and vocals; and Mariane Barnett on vocals. All are accomplished musicians who have played with other bands over the years; some have played on national stages.

You can learn more about the band on their webpage, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The future is bright for the Sour Mash String Band, as they constantly expand their touring radius.