Miss Guided Angels
In the cozy great room of one of Killington’s oldest chalets, under the watchful gaze of numerous taxidermied animals, the band Miss Guided Angels came to life. Supported by skiers from all over the world, local friends and an always entertaining staff, the duo of Lisa Gardner and George Nostrand developed their eclectic song list of covers and originals. They recruited percussionist and custom cajon-maker, Bob Campbell and soon after lured recently transplanted Louisville fiddler, Jimmy Kalb into the mix.
Whether they are playing a bar/ restaurant, private party in someone’s backyard, a local festival or performing on the stage of the Paramount Theatre, Miss Guided Angels turns heads and brings smiles to people’s faces. With a growing body of original material, penned by Lisa Gardner and George Nostrand, the band also digs deep into the well of covers that audiences of all ages enjoy. Both George and Lisa were heavily influenced by the locally inspired songbook, “Rise up Singing”. Any given set list could contain: Steve Earle, Linda Rondstat, Townes Van Zandt, , Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett. They also pull out songs from CCR, The Band, Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker Band. You may even hear splash of 80s with Men at Work, The Police or Tom Petty. The band also borrows a few tunes from local artists, including Bow Thayer, Josh Brooks, Mitch Terricciano and Strangefolk.
Miss Guided Angels caught local attention through events like Hops on Top in Rutland and festivals like Harvest Moon, Roots on the River and NoTown. Lisa and George had already written a number of songs and the band entered the studio, working with local folk hero and music teacher, Phil Henry. The first single and corresponding video, “Lost-n-Found,” was released at the end of 2017 and featured Killington guitar legend, Joey Leonne. The second single and video, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,” were release in May 2018. The album is slated to be released in the fall of 2018.
Miss Guided Angels – Band Bios
George Nostrand, acoustic guitar/ vocals, driver of the tour bus
20 years ago, George Nostrand wandered into the outskirts of Rutland, VT wearing a tattered green hat guitar in hand. Since then he’s hosted open mic nights, booked and promoted concert series and covered music for the local paper. George released a solo album, “Radio Songs” (2005) and an album with his band George’s Back Pocket, “The Shape of Things Today” (2011) and has put out a number of live albums. He was the recipient of the 2010 Cider Mag Lifetime Achievement award, for his advocacy of local music. Over the years, George has opened for a number of names, including Lui Collins, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Lee Roy Parnell, and members of Sister Hazel. In 2016 he played over a hundred shows while still working full-time at the Rutland Herald.
Lisa Gardner, acoustic guitar, vocals and a mean tambourine
Like in fairy tales of old, George plucked Lisa Gardner from among their group of friends to perform with him. And lo, for the past two years, they have been playing, recording, writing songs and performing together in what has become the Miss Guided Angels. Lisa has also performed with George’s folk-rock-jam band, George’s Back Pocket. She sings with in a community chorus in Shrewsbury and plays with an ever-evolving band at Spring Lake Ranch where she works.
Bob Campbell, percussion, backing vocals and hootin’ & hollerin’
When Bob Campbell was looking for an opportunity to perform, he quickly found that open mics were fun, but not always for drummers. So, Bob started experimenting making his own box drums or cajons and found them to be just what he was looking for – percussion with a variety of great sounds that could play nice with acoustic acts, (and a helluva’ lot easier to load in and out). He has been playing and improving on the drum design and has now built over a dozen drums – several of which he has sold. He keeps busy playing in bands with George Nostrand and anyone else who calls. Bob also enjoys playing the full kit at the Brick Church every Sunday.
Jimmy Kalb, fiddle and Sargent of Sarcasm
Jimmy Kalb is a fiddlin’ fool from Louisville Kentucky who recently moved to Vermont. Jimmy was lured away from the cult of classical music by a college professor and joined an Americana/ bluegrass ensemble called, Kentucky Ensemble at Centre College. The ensemble evolved into several touring bands that played in the northeastern United States as well as travelled to performed in Japan in 2016. These days, Jimmy rambles around the Rutland Vermont area with the shameless and be-bearded legend, George Nostrand, and the bluegrass band “Fiddle Witch.”
For booking and other information, contact George Nostrand at: (802) 417-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.