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July 10, 2014

Country bound: from Green Mountain state to Music City

PLATTSBURGH — Keeghan Nolan toddled on her country-music track at age 3, and living it full time in Nashville is straight ahead.

“It’s been awesome the last couple of months,” said Nolan, who performs Friday night at the Macdonough Monument Bandshell during Mayor’s Cup with the Keeghan Nolan Band: Tracy Lord (guitar), Phil Tomeny (guitar), Ryan Malroux (guitar), Gary Spaulding (drums) and Tom Carvey (bass).

“I went down in February and April to record my new album, which is done. We’re just getting the graphics and everything finished up. We did 11 songs, and we did 10-hour days at Red Feather Studio.

“I’m planning on relocating to Nashville in September. I’m looking forward to that.”

STARTED YOUNG

Nolan is the baby girl of Norman and Cheryl Nolan of Fairfield, Vt. She has two older sisters: Jessica and Johna.

“It worked out really well,” Nolan said. “By the time I started singing, both sisters were out of the house and my parents had the time to focus on my career. My sisters have been super supportive.”

She attended Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

“I started playing guitar when I was 15,” Nolan said. “I took a guitar class in high school just to freshen up on stuff.”

Her parents bought her two guitars: a Gibson Les Paul and a Taylor acoustic guitar. She likes the Gibson when she wants to get raucous onstage, but when she writes songs, she prefers the Taylor.

“It’s not my strong suit,” Nolan said of playing the guitar. “I wanted to learn to play what I write and sit in with the band. The last year, I’m trying to work more on it and get better.”

MEMORABLE CONCERT

When she was 3, she saw Jamie Lee Thurston perform in St. Albans.

“They had T-shirts for sale,” Nolan said. “I still have my T-shirt. The signature is worn off.

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