Cory Chisel

Appleton, WI

Singer-songwriter Cory Chisel has recorded two critically acclaimed albums – “Death Won’t Send A Letter” (2009) and “Old Believers" (2012) – with his band, The Wandering Sons. He has toured the world with his friend and collaborator, Norah Jones. He has also recorded with Rosanne Cash and received a GRAMMY nomination for penning the title track to “The Traveling Kind” (2015), an album from Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. In 2013, Chisel helped create a completely free and 100% original music festival, Mile of Music, in his hometown of Appleton that now attracts 75,000+ fans and hosts around 900 sets each year.

Even with that success, Chisel decided he needed to change his life two years ago. Burned out by a cynical music industry and the non-stop grind of the road, he left his life as a performer and songwriter in Nashville and returned to Appleton with his partner and bandmate, Adriel Denae. The two took on their most ambitious project to date — renovating a 30,000 square-foot monastery in Appleton and converting it into a refuge for artists to work and create. They dubbed it The Refuge, and in its chapel is where Chisel and Denae found the time and energy to make a new record, “Tell Me True” (2017), Chisel’s first LP in five years.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Saturday August 4th from 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM at Lawrence Chapel - MAIN STAGE
Sunday August 5th from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM at Lawrence Chapel - MAIN STAGE