Artist Spotlight: Booker T Jones Stax Revue

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-Jennifer Firestone, Roots N Blues Intern

Tennessee born and raised, Booker T. Jones has been consistently at the heart of all things soul and R&B. From collaborations with the likes of Sheila E, Drive-By Truckers, and fellow 2017 RNBNBBQ artist Gary Clark Jr., Booker T has proven time and time again that he chooses to create and collaborate with any given opportunity.

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Artist Spotlight: Ryan Adams

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

Heartbreak is never a good thing, but Ryan Adams finds a way to make it beautiful. The 42-year-old singer/songwriter from North Carolina has produced 16 studio albums across the last 17 years. The latest,“Prisoner,” was released this past February. Read More

Artist Spotlight: The Mavericks

Artist Spotlight: The Mavericks

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

It would probably be a fair assumption to think that the Mavericks were booked for this year’s festival before they even finished their set at The 2016’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. After putting on an electrifying performance in Stephens Lake Park last year, the Mavericks are once again on the bill this year. They’ll be back better than ever.

The Mavericks, who got their start in the punk and alternative scene, have had a 28-year-long rollercoaster of a career. This includes Grammy nominations, breakups, solo careers, a happy reunion and nine studio albums. After the release of their self-titled debut album in 1990, the band signed a record deal with MCA Nashville. Read More

Artist Spotlight: Bottle Rockets

Artist Spotlight: Bottle Rockets

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-Kerry Souder, Roots N Blues Intern

The Bottle Rockets are a foursome who introduced and capitalized on one of the most unique styles of music: Punk-Rock Country. Yes, you heard me correctly. Punk. Rock. Country. The band was created in 1993 by lead singer and guitarist, Brian Henneman. The story, however, starts before the band’s conception.
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Artist Spotlight: Ana Popovic

Artist Spotlight: Ana Popovic

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-Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

Ana Popovic has been popping off in the blues scene since before I was born. She’s spent more years dedicated to perfecting her craft than I have been alive: it shines through in her face-melting guitar skills. Read More

Artist Spotlight: Emmylou Harris

Artist Spotlight: Emmylou Harris

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-Emma Dawson, Roots N Blues Intern

Emmylou Harris’ beginnings as an artist were humble yet marked by passion and irrefutable talent; after dropping out of college to focus on music and while working as a waitress to support herself, Harris started performing at coffee shops in Manhattan in the 1960s. Folk music was at its peak, and was becoming a tool for activism and a poetic expression of peace. Read More

Artist Spotlight: Music Maker Blues Revue

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– Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

Music Maker Blues Revue: it’s a name many of you may not be familiar with. But when you see them perform this fall, it will be a name that you won’t forget. The Revue is put on by the non-profit Music Maker Relief Foundation and provides an outlet for poverty-stricken southern artists 55 years and older. Through this program, they have the ability to share their talent outside of their local communities.
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Artist Spotlight: The Fairfield Four

Artist Spotlight: The Fairfield Four

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-Kerry Souder, Roots N Blues Intern

The Fairfield Four have been gracing the world with their traditional spiritual and gospel music for almost a century. The pastor of the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee started the group with his two sons, simultaneously creating a legacy. The group then took on a new member, John Battle, transforming the trio into a quartet and giving the group its name.
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Artist Spotlight: Margo Price

Artist Spotlight: Margo Price

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-Jenna Boessen, Roots N Blues Intern

Margo Price has been notably recognized as a “Nashville badass.” Margo’s passion to tell stories of overcoming life’s challenges and the strength she’s found serves as encouragement for all of her listeners during dark times. This powerful vibe emanates most clearly from her most recent album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” Price truly believes that connecting personally with music can provide both strength and stability. She hopes that through her album she can show her listeners that they’re never alone.
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Artist Spotlight: Amanda Shires

Artist Spotlight: Amanda Shires

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-Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

Amanda Shires’ music has greatly shaped my life in the past few years; her songwriting is real and her fiddle playing is incredible. I have loved her music for quite a while, but My Piece of Land really hit home for me. I have always loved music – it has always played a huge role in my life but music like Amanda’s is what drove me to want to learn how to play something. It may be 20 years before I can even possess an ounce of the talent that she has, but it has definitely made me appreciate music in a new light.
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Artist Spotlight: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

Artist Spotlight: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

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-Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

It’s impossible to talk country music greats without mentioning Marty Stuart. While he is too humble to admit it, Stuart fills the post-Johnny Cash gap with his truly authentic, country sound.
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Artist Spotlight: The SteelDrivers

Artist Spotlight: The SteelDrivers

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– Kerry Souder, Roots N Blues Intern

“Start around two minutes and ten seconds into ‘Long Way Down.’”

That was the piece of advice I read after looking up The SteelDrivers. Without any prior knowledge on the band or their style, I was pleasantly caught off guard by lead singer Gary Nichols’ unique voice and the band’s folky, country feel.

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Artist Spotlight: Pokey Lafarge

Artist Spotlight: Pokey Lafarge

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– Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When you first hear Pokey Lafarge, you may think you just stepped out of a time machine. His music is an ode to the roots of Western Swing with a twist of jazz, somewhat resembling what you may hear at a saloon if the owner was trying to expand his audience. He fits the part, often dressed in a polka dot tie and suspenders but always with the signature slicked back combover.
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Artist Spotlight: Band of Horses

Artist Spotlight: Band of Horses

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-Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

Band of Horses: who are they? What do they do? Are they really horses? Why should you care? I, Michael Arnott, shall give it my darndest effort to answer all of these questions and more for your reading pleasure.
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Artist Spotlight: The Suffers

Artist Spotlight: The Suffers

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– Michael Arnott, Roots N Blues Intern

I first found out about The Suffers after my parents attended the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It was here that they were introduced to lead singer Kam Franklin’s powerful vocals, the rousing, energetic brass section, and the remaining members of the ten-person band. After hearing about how their live performance gave my parents goose bumps, I knew I had to give them a listen.
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Artist Spotlight: John Prine

Artist Spotlight: John Prine

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– Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

“Daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,” the opening words to the chorus of John Prine’s “Paradise” will always bring a tear to my eye and put me in a different place. And then I hear “I know a guy that’s got a lot to lose, he’s a pretty nice fella, kinda confused.”
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Artist Spotlight: Gary Clark Jr.

Artist Spotlight: Gary Clark Jr.

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-Kerry Souder, Roots N Blues Intern

Gary Clark Jr. is far more than an R&B singer: the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has blended  genres to create a whole new category of musical excellence. Think R&B meets soul meets rock & roll meets hip-hop. Those of you who know Clark’s music are probably nodding your heads right now; the rest of you are probably raising an eyebrow at how so many different styles of music can be mashed under one artist. At this point, I would ask you to stop reading and listen to a few songs. Go ahead, I’ll wait here…
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Artist Spotlight: Leon Bridges

Artist Spotlight: Leon Bridges

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– Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

I first heard Leon Bridges when I randomly stumbled upon his NPR Tiny Desk Concert: From that moment, I was hooked. The Texas native, born Todd Michael Bridges, sang four songs behind the desk of Bob Boilen with an undeniable charm and an impressive set of dance moves. At the time, it had a couple thousand views. Now, it has over two million.

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