Storefront Congregation

Storefront Congregation is a Louisville-based band known for their tight harmonies, fast picking, smooth sounds, and gritty rhythms. They pull inspiration from all types of music. Both standards and original material blend in a unique sound to satisfy any musical appetite.

Murrell Thixton, originally from Mt. Washington, Kentucky was first inspired by music while attending church with his granddaddy. He acted on his love of music at age 12, when he learned the first half of Cripple Creek on the banjo – he was hooked! Murrell teamed with boyhood friend, Kent Houchin and picked in various small musical groups and experimented with different genres of music. As teenagers, they founded New Horizon, a mostly bluegrass band that reflected the rock ‘n roll and country music of the day. The popularity of New Horizon is legendary, and even today the name echoes in the Louisville music scene. Murrell has performed as a side man with several country acts, most recently with Hugh Hill and the Country Cats. Again as a founding member, Murrell makes his mark in Storefront Congregation by sharing his talents of writing songs, playing banjo and mandolin, as well as singing lead and harmony vocals.

Kent Houchin dreamed of being a performer from early childhood, imitating his favorite artists: Bobby Darren, Ricky Nelson and John Denver. After learning to play guitar at age 12, he and Murrell participated in local talent shows with hopes of being the next “Buck Owens and Roy Clark.” Kent has since lent his talents on acoustic and electric guitar to many local bluegrass and country bands including: Wild Horses, Neon Cowboys, and The Lonely Roads Band. Also a co-founder of New Horizon, he has made a lasting mark on Louisville-area music. Kent’s talents of writing, arranging, singing lead and harmony, as well as picking are a strong-hold of Storefront Congregation. His tasteful rhythm guitar and lead lines reflect his love of all kinds of music which he kindly shares with us and, in turn, with you.

Lauren White was exposed to bluegrass music at an early age. Her dad’s love of traditional bluegrass music took them to many festivals in the Ohio Valley where she fell asleep in the campgrounds to the drones of the music. She started playing bass fiddle at the age of 9. Her mother sacrificed to foster her and brother, Ken’s talents by traveling to numerous contests and shows in the region. She graduated from the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, Kentucky, singing in the choir and studying orchestral and jazz bass. She’s been a member of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, bluegrass band Next Exit, traveled with bluegrass and original music band – Redwing from West Virginia, and a later configuration of New Horizon. Lauren’s lead and harmony vocals compliment the smooth sounds and gritty rhythms of Storefront Congregation, of which you’re sure to enjoy.

Nathan Livers began playing mandolin in 1985 at the age of ten with his family band. In 1992 while at a local jam, Nathan met a fiddle player, Michael Cleveland; the two were instantly drawn together by their love of Bill Monroe. The duo coined themselves "The Get Down Bluegrass Boys" and cut an album, toured from Indiana to California, making television appearances along the way. Nathan then joined the band Charlie Lawson and Oak Hill, spending the next few years travelling the country, honing his mandolin and vocal skills and entertaining crowds. In 1999, he took a short break from CL&OH to play with Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers. While with Brewer, Nathan was on the same album with bluegrass greats Doyle Lawson and J.D. Crowe. Nathan returned to his now "second family" in 2000, and continued playing with CL&OH until Charlie retired. Nathan then decided it was time to get a "real job". After a while, he decided that Corporate America wasn't the life for him, and began picking and singing again. In early 2009 Nathan got back out into the music scene and is playing in 3 bands, while still making time to play with his family.

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