Noah Kahan at Railbird Music Festival 2024: A Fusion of Folk and Rock’s Finest

By on June 3, 2024

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the Railbird Music Festival, Noah Kahan took the stage, exuding the kind of raw, unfiltered energy that only a true artist can. The crowd, a mosaic of music lovers, was buzzing with anticipation, ready to be swept away by Kahan’s soul-stirring melodies.

Noah Kahan at Railbird. (Photo Credit: Larry Philpot/

Kahan, a Vermont native, has carved out a unique space in the music world with his blend of folk-pop and introspective lyricism. Born on January 1, 1997, in Strafford, Vermont, Kahan grew up surrounded by the serenity of a 133-acre tree farm. His music career began to blossom post-2016 after signing with Republic Records, and his breakthrough single “Hurt Somebody” set the stage for a series of successful albums, including “Busyhead” in 2019 and the more recent “Stick Season” in 2022.

The Railbird set was a journey through Kahan’s discography, but it was his current duet “Northern Attitude” with a special onstage appearance by Hozier that marked a high point of the night. The song, a poignant reflection on life’s complexities, was brought to life as Hozier’s rich timbre melded with Kahan’s heartfelt vocals, creating a moment of pure musical alchemy.

But it was the unexpected collaboration with Adam Duritz of Counting Crows for a rendition of “A Long December” that truly captivated the audience. The performance was a seamless blend of nostalgia and freshness, with Duritz’s iconic voice complementing Kahan’s modern folk flair. It was a rendition that paid homage to the past while firmly standing in the present.

Fans were treated to an experience that was more than just a concert; it was a communal celebration of music’s power to connect and heal. Kahan’s authenticity shone through every song, every strum of the guitar, every lyric that echoed under the Kentucky sky.

As the night came to a close, it was clear that Noah Kahan’s performance at the Railbird Music Festival was not just a showcase of his talents but a testament to the enduring spirit of folk and rock. It was a reminder that, in a world of constant change, music remains a timeless force, uniting us all in its rhythm and rhyme. Noah Kahan, with his northern attitude and soulful sounds, proved once again why he is one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music.