no stars 2022 Nelsonville Music Festival Sycamore Session

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Content Advisory: The artist uses explicit language during this performance.

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — No Stars, a band formed in Athens, OH, provided a home-grown feel during their Friday set at the Nelsonville Music Festival. Emma Schultz, chief songwriter of the group, provided vocals and guitar, while Julian Runyon played the drums.

The group opened with the raw, intimate authenticity of “Blank” from “Ripping off the Tags” (Bradbury Records). Next they treated the audience to the unreleased “Know,” followed by the soul shaking melancholy of “Evergreen,” also off “Ripping off the Tags”.

Next, no stars performed their 2021 single, “A Good Thing” (Bradbury Records). Schultz wrote and released this song as a Valentine to their No Stars’ fans. The band also performed this song in their opening set for CAAMP at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium in April 2022.

No stars closed their Nelsonville Sycamore Sessions set with “Never at All”, from “Ripping off the Tags.” The duo’s performance resonated with the audience gathered at the Creekside Stage with a particular kind of warmth.


1. “Blank” (“Ripping off the Tags”) – 4:03
2. “Know” (Unreleased) – 8:26
3. “Evergreen” (“Ripping off the Tags”) – 11:38
4. “A Good Thing” (“A Good Thing”) – 16:45
5. “Never at All” (“Ripping off the Tags”) – 21:13

The Sycamore Sessions are presented by the Nelsonville Music Festival in collaboration with WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts and Studies. The performances were recorded and produced by Media Arts and Studies students under the supervision of Host and Director Josh Antonuccio and Associate Producers – Director of Photography Andie Walla (Media Arts and Studies Associate Professor of Instruction), Audio Supervisor Adam Rich (WOUB), and WOUB’s Arts and Culture Editor Emily Votaw. All performances took place during the 2022 Nelsonville Music Festival, which is a production of Stuart’s Opera House.