A vocal activist, Ani DiFranco’s international career was made notable through acute songwriting and smart, in-your-face feminism. Embracing and embodying fist-raising social activism, Ani’s folk roots run deep.
Stylistically, Boston-based Ballroom Thieves journey through a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, blending folk conventions with modern hymnals, delta blues grit with rich harmonies, exploring the basic constructions of pop music while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time.
Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound that, while rooted in classic stringband Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. The tension and release between these components – tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, acoustic tones and electric volume – is what makes them so thrillingly dynamic, in concert and on record.
Since their formation at an impromptu show in 2014 at the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Colorado, I’m With Her has formed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with their indelible harmonies
The recent release of the stunning new album, More Rain, adds to M. Ward’s string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk.
Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over twenty years, and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Welch was launched into the public consciousness when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival was released to critical acclaim.
Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America.
Since releasing his first album in 2002, Smith has explored the grey area between genres, carving out a sound rooted in dark folk, countrified soul, cinematic storytelling and roadhouse-worthy rock. He keeps things unclassifiable on the White Buffalo's sixth album, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights, the most hard-hitting, electrified album of his career.
Julien Baker casts an unflinching and accepting eye on the duality of – and contradictions in – the human experience, at times even finding humor and joy in the midst of suffering. She ultimately calls on her listeners to move beyond “good” and “bad,” or “happy” and “sad,” to embrace more complex truths.
Lord Huron has toured extensively in North America and Europe, earning rave reviews and performing for sold-out crowds at some of the world's most prestigious venues. The band has appeared at a wide range of music festivals including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival.
Pat Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility -a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues.
Texas native Hayes Carll has written rousers (“One Bed, Two Girls, Three Bottles of Wine”) and rockers (“Stomp and Holler”). He had a swaying, reckless, unpolished way of writing, but his latest record – Lovers and Leavers - strips back the layers to reveal the quiet perfection of ‘normal’ life after the doors to the last honky-tonk on your too-long tour close.
Band of Horses comes to the Prescott Park Arts Festival on Saturday, August 11th! Formed and led by singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, this South Carolina-based band have given us many much-loved singles, including “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “The Funeral."
Don’t miss the talents of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Martin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz. Partners in music and life, they offer a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop drawn from wells both old and new.
We’re proud to welcome back multiple Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples. From her early days with the iconic Staple Singers, when she was on top of the charts with songs like the #1 hit I’ll Take You There to her recent album with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, she has been a leader in American music for six decades.
Railroad Earth can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? As a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”
Steve Earle and the Dukes are bringing their Copperhead Road 30th Anniversary Tour to the park, along with his new album, So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, which Rolling Stone hailed as “an intensely raw and often delightfully clamorous nod to the fellow outliers the young Texan gravitated toward when he arrived in Nashville in 1974.”