Rev Johnnie Thompson Singers

This 7-piece gospel group has been performing together since 1965, travelling the world over as ambassadors of the good news, of the Gospel. They have performed with most of the gospel greats, people like the Rev. James Cleveland, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, the Lorraine Ellison Singers and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.c These guys follow in the classic Gospel […]

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

From the ground-breaking roots rock of the Blasters, to a stint as guitar-slinger for LA punk band X, to Grammy award-winning solo albums, Dave Alvin has been there,  right at the forefront of roots music. Of his incredible band The Guilty Men, Dave says “Occasionally I make records, but what I do is play live.” We are proud […]

Terry Allen

Texan legend Terry Allen is one of the foremost exponents of the progressive movement in contemporary country. His music is eccentric and uncompromising, savage and beautiful, literate and guttural. Terry has collaborated and played with such greats as Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lowell George, David Byrne, and Butch Hancock. “No one with access to a convertible, an […]

Mark Olson & the Creekdippers featuring Victoria Williams

Renewal and remembrance are hardly new thematic territories for Mark Olson. They’ve been at the core of his songwriting from his first days in the Jayhawks. When he and his spouse/musical partner Victoria Williams relocated to theCalifornia desert a few years ago, the Creekdippers were born. Victoria joins the band on this tour. She has captivated the music […]

Kelly Joe Phelps

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps raises the musical bar with  his singular guitar sound, soulful vocals and lyrics. He delivers music at once both fresh and aged, ensuring him a place among the most accomplished performing songwriters. “Phelps makes the sublime sound effortless…This is music that rings with bittersweet experience.” – Mojo

Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar is seen as the godfather of alt country – otherwise known as Americana – after he formed Uncle Tupelo in the early 1980s. He has demonstrated an inimitable skill in writing songs that explore the back roads and byways of American music – and then pushing those traditions in bold new directions.

Nic Roulette & The Blue Moon Boys

If you didn’t experience Elvis in the fifties, experience Nic Roulette now. From Fort Wayne, Indiana, this is high octane rockabilly, rooted in the fifties sound and equally loved by the punk and psychobilly audience. A big hit at last year’s Festival.

Rosie Thomas

An unassuming treasure: quietly affecting songs filled with yearning, questing nostalgia. Touring and recording hasn’t left Rosie much time lately to appear as her comedic alter-ego, Sheila. Entertainment Weekly commented: “Thomas is a moonlighting comic with an earth-angel voice who channels fragile melismas through heartachy tales sketched with acoustic guitars and pianos.”

Laura Veirs

Seattle-based singer who combines accomplished songwriting with elements of bluegrass and experimental music. A prolific writer and gifted musician, Laura is a musical risk-taker. Her recordings offer a haunting mix of deadpan folk and blues with sparse arrangements and Pacific Northwest flavours.

Caitlin Cary

USA Today’s Brian Mansfield says “Ryan Adams isn’t the only talented alumnus of alternative-country’s deities Whiskeytown.” Her album I’m Staying Out is a superb example of uniquely Southern pop, with rock, country, soul and folk blending smoothly together with Caitlin’s gorgeous vocals serving as the unifying force.