Saturday, September 12, 2009

9th annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion

On Friday September 18th we will be heading to southwest Virginia\eastern Tennessee for the 9th annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival held in Downtown Bristol - The Birthplace of Country Music. This is a three day event showcasing several national and local Americana, bluegrass, Piedmont blues, old time, and country artists at several stages and music venues throughout the downtown area. Not only are they providing music from over 100 artists - but this is one of the most affordable festivals - $40 for the entire festival or $15-$25 for an individual day. As much as we enjoy Merlefest and Floydfest - this may have the widest array of musical choices.....

Let's start with the national acts - mostly bluegrass. This will be the first time we get a chance to listen to Dailey and Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (outside of the The Drive By Truckers), Webb Wilder. Then there's Jim Lauderdale, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Michael Cleveland, The John Cowan Band, Tim O'Brien, Peter Rowan, The Dan Tyminski Band, Darrell Scott, and Cadillac Sky.

Then there are the acts in which we are probably considered groupies: Justin Townes Earle, Scythian, Yarn, The Belleville Outfit, Bearfoot, and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Others, we just look forward to hearing: M.S.G. - Acoustic Blues Trio, Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed, Gene Watson, Bombadil, Corey Harris, Michelle Malone, The New Familiars, Junior League, Whitetop Mountain Stringband, Pokey LaFarge, Annie and the Beekeepers, Sons of Bill, Sierra Hull and Highway 111, The SteelDrivers, the Hackensaw Boys, and the Boulder Acoustic Society.

The Rhythm & Roots Reunion also showcases several local artists that we would otherwise not be able to witness. There are too many to list - but we will make sure that we listen to as many as possible. We hope to see you there.

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