The Americana Congregation
The idea for “The Americana Congregation” came about as a group of friends were discussing the idea for a collective place to share and experience our unique musical styles, influences, thoughts, ideas, plans and general mischief.
Not intended to be a "band" as such, we were more inclined to create a place for those outside of the “norm” of the industrial church music machine where style, lyrics and context can be explored, encouraged and enjoyed as we journey off the paved road and follow the path of most resistance.
So, as this small little congregation grows, feel free to jump on in and take the trail with us!
The Cabin Fever Recordings
The first project for the Cabin Fever Recordings was finished in 2014 and in November, 2016 released the second project, The Olney Hymns. As the "congregation" continues to grow we will hopefully be able to continue our musical journey and explore new ways to celebrate our Faith, Life and Community of believers & musicians.
Meet The Band
The brains and the beauty of this whole operation. She makes it all happen behind the scenes from plane tickets, groceries and melodic harmonies. Marie has been writing hit songs since before you picked up a guitar.
From Campbellsville, KY. Matt’s drumming is what started this thing when he toured through the Southeast with the crew in 2013. The third night into the tour, John Barnett and Bobby Mcdonald said to each other, “this is the band we have been looking for”. Matt’s drumming is solid, creative and he is completely at home with the nuances of country meets rock, meets punk. Our motto for touring is “don’t leave home without him”
When “Junior” is around, it is always a good time. Full of humor, talent and laughter, JR is a songwriter as well as a musician and singer. Along with that, he is great at background vocals and coming up with just the right harmony. Marie really likes singing with him.
Originally from Huntsville, AL and now living in Chattanooga, TN, Jon is a gifted keyboard player, and all around musician. Jon knows all about space ships and he also knows the names of all the chords. We will keep him around.
Bobby is from Conroe, TX. What more needs to be said? Bobby is our bass player, studio engineer, and all around good guy. He is also our resident music historian and can talk for hours about the development of roots/country/blues music from the southern parts of America.
Jesse Barnett is our resident engineer and captain of all things related to faders, buttons, knobs, switches and such. With a great ear for music, melody, lyrics and arrangements, Jesse always has great input to the recording process. Sometimes we listen to him.
He is also affectionately known as "the boy who goes and gets the horses".