Bluegrass festival lineup includes up and comers mixed with seasoned pros
As snow finally drifts into the Grand Valley, thoughts turn to ... the bluegrass days of summer.
Well, if they aren’t, they will because here is an exclusive, early look at the lineup for the 2011 Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival scheduled for June 10–12 in Palisade’s Riverbend Park, right on the banks of the Colorado River.
“We looked to create something fresh and unique. This year’s lineup really does that, focusing on several up-and-coming bands spiced up with some old pros,” according events promoter Amy Kimberly in a news release.
Here is the festival’s lineup, broken down by day:
Blue Canyon Boys — This group won the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest. The Boys’ most recent recording includes “Mountain Bound” (2010), “House Full of Sorrow” (2009) and “Hello City Limits” (2008). Info: http://www.bluecanyonboys.com.
The Belleville Outfit — Belleville has a “signature blend of pop, gypsy jazz, big band swing and American roots music,” according to a news release. The band received a nomination for best new/emerging act for the 2009 Americana Music Association Awards. Info: http://www.bellevilleoutfit.com.
James Justin & Co. — According to a Relix magazine article, James Justin Burke is a musician you should know about. His band’s debut album, “Southern Son, So Far” is “very rootsy; very warm and story-oriented,” Burke says on his website. Rounding out the “Co.” are Bailey Horsley and Tom Propst. Info: http://www.jamesjustinmusic.com.
Rockin’ Acoustic Circus — This band got the attention of Elmore magazine and is set to be included in the feature “11 Artists to Watch in 2011” in the Jan./Feb. issue, according the group’s website. The Circus’ “acoustical fused music” is “influenced by bluegrass, folk, country, jazz, classical, and even some rock ‘n’ roll,” a news release says. Info: http://www.rockinacousticcircus.com.
David Lindley — As a session musician, Lindley’s work can be heard on albums from Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon and others. Lindley plays the lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud and Irish bouzouki. Info: http://www.davidlindley.com.
The Greencards — This duo of singer/bassist Carol Young and string-instrument master Kym Warner was nominated for a 2010 Grammy for best country instrumental performance. The Greencards’ newest album is “Fascination” (2009) released by Sugar Hill Records. Info: http://www.thegreencards.com.
Junior Brown — “His music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,” according to Brown’s website. And his a career includes the development of the “guit-steel,” which combines the six-string guitar and the steel guitar. Info: http://www.juniorbrown.com.
Della Mae — This band is made up of five women: Kimber Ludiker, reigning national fiddle champion; Jenni Lynn Gardner, mandoloinist; Amanda Kowalski, bassist; Avril Smith, guitarist; and Grace Van’t Hof, banjo player. Della Mae was formed in 2009 and is quickly creating its own twang as it gains plenty of attention. Info: http://www.heyheydellamae.com.
Henhouse Prowlers — The Prowlers, who hail from the Windy City, won the 2010 RockyGrass Band Competition and Chicago Music Award for best country/western entertainer of the year. “Combining passion, confidence and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, The Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge,” a news release says. Info: http://www.henhouseprowlers.com.
Missy Raines & the New Hip — Raines is a seven-time International Music Bluegrass Association bass player of the year and has created a “hot band of young players” on drums, guitars and mandolin playing “fun and funky instrumentals to sophisticated songs, a news release says. Info: http://www.missyraines.com.
The Grascals — This group won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s bluegrass band of the year award for 2010. “The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship,” a news release says. It’s “cutting-edge modern bluegrass delivered with a deep knowledge of, an admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers.” Info: http://www.grascals.com.