The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, The Travelin' McCourys, and more!
Thursday-Sunday, October 5 - October 8, 2017 at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA
Full weekend and Single Day Tickets On Sale Now → www.thefesty.com
Charlottesville, VA (Press Release) -- The 8th Annual Festy Experience takes place October 5-8, 2017 in the Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm, a 387-acre property in Arrington, Virginia (also the new home of LOCKN' Festival) at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Festy aims to give the ultimate laid back festival experience which is fun for the entire family: camping, outdoor activities, craft food and beer, daily yoga, the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Burn (5k/10k), and stellar music! This year’s lineup includes The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, and lots more.
The Festy Experience is thrilled to announced the daily schedule of music for the Blue Ridge Outdoors Stage and the Skyline Tent Stage, with no overlapping sets between the two stages! Head on over to the newly revamped website to check it out.
NASHVILLE, Tenn - August 29, 2017 - (Press Release) Reigning ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Jon Pardi’s current single, “Heartache On The Dance Floor” reached Top 5 on Country radio this week, continuing his breakthrough year. The country star recently celebrated his first-ever GOLD-certified album for the sophomore release California Sunrise. California Sunrise features Pardi’s back-to-back No. 1 hits with the Platinum-selling “Head Over Boots” and the three-week No. 1, “Dirt On My Boots,” along with his current single.
Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, California Sunrise released to overwhelming praise from press highlighting Pardi’s ability to blend together modern production and traditional soundscapes. Rolling Stone proclaims, “Traditionalism isn’t dead … and [California Sunrise] is a fine example, mixing a pronounced California twang and George Strait’s easy swing with some meaty guitar riffs,” while The Tennessean notes, “In a time when many country artists are incorporating progressive, edgy studio tricks to contemporize their sound, Jon Pardi eschewed trends and made a boot scootin’, honky-tonkin’ country album.” HITS calls the album “a triumph of gritty, honky-tonkin’, old-school country with a healthy dose of ballsy guitar rock,” with Billboard adding that California Sunrise is “loaded with attitude…[and] manages to have both a sonic edginess and a defiant grasp of country tradition.”
Called “a modern day troubadour” by John Stirratt (Wilco), singer-songwriter-musician Tom Irwin has spent a lifetime making music in the Midwest using his long standing (sixth generation) Illinois roots as his base for a world view of a life in the musical arts. On September 8th, Irwin will release his latest record, All That Love, which was produced by Stirratt (who also played on the album), and features esteemed players including Greg Wieczorek on drums, John Pirruccello on 12-string guitar and pedal steel, Scott Ligon (piano, organ, accordion, bass and guitar), Theresa O’Hare (flute), Paul Von Mertens (sax) and Irwin’s hometown band, the Hayburners. The eleven song collection includes tunes recently penned, a few that were written over thirty years ago, and what ever else John and Tom agreed to from the hundreds of original compositions in the prolific songwriter’s back catalog. Today, Irwin shares the second track from the album, "I Have Wandered." Led by sparkling keys and a swinging rhythm, the buoyant "I Have Wandered" is an introspective tale of personal struggle - "Let me roll and rumble and curse with all my might/And fake and fumble until I get it right/I will stand and stumble and crawl towards sunlight/And take and tumble as long as I can fight" - that's perfect for the dance floor.
Stream the album HERE
Austin, TX-based Fairbanks & The Lonesome Light have officially released their anticipated LP, Nothing to Escape. In advance of the release, the band shared a full album stream at The Daily Country, and was recently featured at American Songwriter, Americana UK, and The Line of Best Fit—the latter hailing the band's sound as "A wonderful mix of cosmic country and psychedelic rock." The band will be performing live, on-air for NBC's Today in Nashville on September 7th.
Erik Flores and Amelia Rose Logan's songs as Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light are like modern dime westerns—gritty exegeses that float elegantly on pedal steel as driven, electric, rocking country. Sometimes the detached hero and the despicable outlaw in their songs are one and the same.
Looking back, principal songwriter Flores realized many of the songs on their new LP, Nothing To Escape, are about his old drinking habits. "I quit drinking a couple years ago,” he says, “right around the time we started making this record. That seems to be a big undercurrent." While Fairbanks & the Lonesome Light’s new album isn't overtly about sobriety, it’s often about the excesses that come along with addiction.
Nashville, TN (Press Release) — Genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams will return to his hometown state for his third annual Thanksforgrassgiving celebration, a two-night tradition of bluegrass revelry held the weekend after Thanksgiving. Williams will open both nights with his signature solo looping performances, followed by a set with his all-star Thanksgiving Band, featuring Larry and Jenny Keel (The Keels), Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters), Danny Barnes, and Jay Starling (Love Canon). Thanksforgrassgiving will take place at The National in Richmond, VA on November 24th, and at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on November 25th.
For the first time, Keller Williams will open both nights of Thanksforgrassgiving with a solo performance, featuring the dynamic and unpredictable live experience he’s built his reputation on. Performing both original songs and select covers, Williams creates samples on the fly using a special looping effect live on stage. Nothing is pre-recorded and no two shows are alike, making for a completely unique presentation of sonically infused alt-folk and groovy electronica. To get a sense of the magic in his improvisational style, check out Williams’ recent OurVinyl session HERE.
Fan Club tickets for Thanksforgrassgiving are available from Monday, August 28 –
Friday, September 1 at www.kellerwilliams.net.
(Press Release) The Darlins, a duo that is best described as 'Bluegrass with a Smoky Eye,' will certainly have you pouring shots of Blackberry Whiskey this fall with their intimate single dropping on September 8. Portland native Jude Toy's looping guitar licks perfectly hook you beneath Nashville native Erinn Bates' lustful vocal delivery teaming with influential imprints of Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss.
“When Erinn and I got together with Robin Ruddy, I had the guitar riff in my head and played it for them,” recalls Jude. “They loved it and it became the back bone of the song. They both had amazing ideas and we wrote it quickly. We came back to it a few times before making it the final song you hear now. We just loved it so much we didn't want to settle on anything.”
(Press Release) Richmond, VA-based Americana-folk/roots-rock singer-songwriter Rob Williams is set to release his third album, An Hour Before Daylight, on October 27, 2017. His sound is rough but warm, full of turns and twists through a soundscape of folk, rootsy rock, Americana twang, and Williams’s original touches, unbound by genre.
Williams’ stories lead listeners to places that feel familiar and timeless. Places that stretch as high as hope can go (“Icarus Dreamt”) or just a whisper away from someone who’s spent too many sad nights on that barstool next to yours (“Broken”). And not just to those places but also to the triumphs and, yes, the failures of people who lived there or were just passing through. Some of them are beyond our reach — the miners who perished underground in “Butte, Montana, 1885,” an ancestor from impossibly long ago in “Lucy, You’re Lovely,” ourselves as children in “Hide And Seek.” Yet Williams makes the past a living presence, its lessons undimmed by time.
“This album is much more about history than anything I’ve ever done,” Williams says. “People who love history have that skill of relating the past to the present, whether in how they see the world or how they write about it in music or words. It becomes easier to immerse yourself in a character and become that character in a song.”
Billy Strings, whose highly anticipated new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil releases September 22nd, will be in Brooklyn at Rough Trade as part of the Whiskey Strings Tour, which brings together two of the most interesting sounds in the Americana genre, Billy Strings and Whiskey Shivers, the day the album drops!
Strings, a fourth-generation musician who grew up playing bluegrass music with friends and understanding that bluegrass jamming was a means to build a community and to make connections, has come up in a modern world, in modern times, and doesn’t see the music as a relic. Instead, he’s infused it with the heavy metal and punk that he also grew up with, embellished the songs with deep references to psychedelic adventuring, and based everything he does on his undeniable virtuosity as one of the most fire-breathing guitarists in American roots music today. He is also one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm. That’s how he can balance blazingly-intense, mind-expanding musical explorations with straight-up traditional bluegrass: he doesn’t see them as being any different. They both have the same white-hot core: a realization that the best way to be taken seriously in music is to blow people’s minds. Come out and see for yourself! Show info below.
Friday, September 22nd
Billy Strings & Whiskey Shivers
64 N 9th St Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
RALEIGH, NC (Press Release) - NC’S modern bluegrass phenomenon Hank, Pattie & The Current announce the release of their second studio album Hold Your Head Up High on Robust Records. Making use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in an unique non-traditional way; the album features the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers creating an album as rich and deep as their collective musical backgrounds.
Their first album garnered critical acclaim and the single “Sundown” was on the ballot to be considered for Grammy® nomination.
In support of the new album, Hank, Pattie & The Current will be making their debut on the Fletcher Opera Theater stage- September 22 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com. Fans can expect to hear new songs from the album as well as old favorites. For a more information please visit www.hankandpattie.com
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (Press Release) — You might think that after 50 years, a band might want to settle down and just relax. If you do, you don’t know the Q!
Hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed box set High Noon: A 50-Year History of NRBQ,Terry Adams, Scott Ligon, Casey McDonough, and John Perrin took a few days off from their never-ending touring schedule, entered Harmonium Studio, and finished this new five-song EP, bound in a beautiful six-panel package. Omnivore Recordings will release the EP on October 20, 2017.