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Katie Dahl Hits Top of Folk Radio Charts

katie dahl ordinary bandDoor County’s own Katie Dahl is accustomed to drawing crowds in northeast Wisconsin, but since releasing her latest album, Ordinary Band, earlier this year, she’s been garnering acclaim from much farther afield.

“Crowns,” the first track on Ordinary Band, hit number one on the national folk radio charts in July, meaning it was the most-played song on folk radio stations throughout the United States. The album as a whole clocked in at number four, and Dahl as an artist was number six, narrowly beating out Bob Dylan, who came in at number seven.

“It’s been pretty exciting for me to watch the album make its way out into the world,” said Dahl. “I knew I was proud of the album we’d made, and I was hopeful it would do well in Door County, but it’s been gratifying to see it do well in places beyond Wisconsin.”

Dahl was also chosen to participate in the prestigious Emerging Artists Showcase at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, New York, on the basis of three songs from the new album that she submitted to the festival’s showcase judging committee.

“I had gigs in Door County Wednesday and Monday nights, and the showcase happened on a Friday afternoon, so I had to drive pretty quickly both ways in order to make it,” Dahl says of the journey to Hillsdale. “But the trip was definitely worth it, and when I mentioned Door County in my performance banter, I got quite a few hoots and hollers.”

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