Monday, September 2, 2013

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Announces the 2013 Lineup

     Each year, a free festival is offered at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. While the festival caters to fans of bluegrass music, it is hardly strictly bluegrass.  The ninety six confirmed performers were announced today. Similar to previous years, there are bands that would be interesting to a wide range of genres. Unfortunately, there isn’t a draw that is the equivalent of the Lumineers in 2012, but is it ever fair to complain about music that is available without cost? Besides, it is a great opportunity to open your mind and expand your appreciation of music!
     Below is a list of the 96 performers who will attend the 2013 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. We have a month to get familiar with bands we don’t recognize. There are a number that we will enjoy seeing, but we have only highlighted the ones of particular interest.

Alison Brown
Andy Reiss
Bettye LaVette
Billy Bragg
Bonnie Raitt
Boz Scaggs - Still going strong
Buddy Miller
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Chris Isaak
Conor Brings Friends For Friday Featuring: Whispertown
Conor Oberst
Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz
Dawn Sears
Della Mae
Dry Branch Fire Squad
Elvin Bishop
Emmylou Harris
Evolfo Doofeht
Father John Misty - Only one of us is a fan. The other ranks this performace at 96 out of the 96.
First Aid Kit
G. Love & Special Sauce
Gogol Bordello
Holler Down the Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters
Jeff Taylor & Billy Thomas
Jerry Douglas
Jesse Dee
Jesse DeNatale
Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Joe Spivey
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard acoustic / FREAKONS
Joy Kills Sorrow
Justin Townes Earle
Kat Edmonson
Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha & Sloan Wainwright & Special Guests
Kenny Sears
Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
Kieran Kane
Larry Franklin
Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
Los Lobos Disconnected
Loudon Wainwright III
Manchester Orchestra - It is difficult to predict what you will get from a performance. We saw them in 2011 and they were hard rock that day. But they also have the heartful songs such as "I Can Feel a Hot One."

Mark Lanegan
Martha Wainwright
MC Hammer (Friday morning middle school program)
Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue
Mike Scott & Steve Wickham of The Waterboys
Natalie Maines
Nick Lowe
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Patty Griffin
Paul Franklin
Paul Kelly
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yungchen Lhamo
Pieta Brown
Poor Man’s Whiskey (Friday morning middle school program)
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Ranger Doug Green
Richard Thompson
Robert Earl Keen
Robert Ellis
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Seldom Scene
Shovels & Rope
Sonny & The Sunsets
Spirit Family Reunion
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
Sturgill Simpson
The Brothers Comatose
The Cave Singers

The Deep Dark Woods
The Devil Makes Three
The Evens
The Felice Brothers
The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely
The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal
The Go To Hell Man Clan
The Handsome Family,Ryan Bingham
The String Cheese Incident
The Time Jumpers featuring Brad Albin
The Warren Hood Band
The Wood Brothers
Tift Merritt
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott
Tim O’Brien with Bryan Sutton & Mike Bub
Trampled By Turtles - The song "Alone" is great in concert, but it will be difficult to appreciate it from a distance.

Tumbleweed Wanderers
Vince Gill

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