than Wayne, a singer-songwriter, has woven a unique sonic tapestry that resonates with the soul of Eastern Kentucky. While genre often takes a backseat in the Bluegrass state, a distinct sound invariably finds its way into the music created here. Over the last decade, Ethan has meticulously honed his craft, resulting in a fresh, unique sound that many regard as a new breed of music. His inspirations are primarily drawn from local musicians, although a colorful palette of influences seeps into his sound, including artists like Wayne Graham, Josh Nolan, Nicholas Jamerson, Joe Walsh, Chris Cornell, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Waylon Jennings, and Blind Melon.
Ethan’s songwriting style is subtly nuanced yet laden with meaning, forging an easy path for listeners to establish a personal bond with his music. His expansive sonic range and distinctive instrumentation can hush a room into attentive silence or inspire a dancing frenzy among the most ardent Wooks. Ethan unveiled his first full-length album, “Sounds of Home,” on May 13th, 2023, marking a significant milestone in his musical journey.
Beyond music, the allure of Agate, Kentucky’s state rock, has ignited Ethan’s artistic passion. He spends most of his leisure time scouring local creeks, unearthing and transforming these geological treasures into stunning pieces of jewelry under the moniker ‘Free Think Artistry.’ His creations adorn not only various locations across the state but also many local artists, adding a tangible dimension to Ethan’s creative expression. This pursuit further fuels Ethan’s musical creativity, and he eagerly anticipates sharing this enriched experience with his audience.