RNB Takes ‘Roo

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-Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

This year marks the third consecutive year of enjoying the magic on “The Farm” at Bonnaroo 2017. For those of you not familiar with Bonnaroo, it is one of the biggest music festivals in the world. It is held in Manchester, Tennessee – just south of Nashville about an hour. I am lucky enough to get to attend the festival each year with one of my very best friends, my aunt. In 2016, Bonnaroo attendance was way down, but this year it was back to normal. We are so glad so see ‘Roo thriving again this year!

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Roots N Blues Takes Shakey Knees Festival

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– Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

A few weeks ago, the Roots N Blues staff took a Festival research trip to Atlanta, GA, where we spent the weekend exploring the Shaky Knees Festival. Shaky Knees is held in Centennial Olympic Park, right in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The Festival featured amazing artists like Ryan Adams, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, Anderson East and tons of other talented musicians. We also got to see lesser known bands like Family & Friends and The Fruit Bats, both of these which put on such fun shows.
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Roots N Blues Crew Takes Old Settlers Music Festival

Roots N Blues Crew Takes Old Settlers Music Festival

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– Hilton Peeples, Assistant Festival Director

In April, the Roots N Blues crew got to visit Old Settlers Music Festival in Driftwood, TX (about 30 mins south of Austin) — for research purposes of course. This year marked the 30th Anniversary for the festival, and we are so glad we got to experience it and learn from all the awesome things they are doing. The line-up featured some artists we hadn’t seen live before, along with many Roots N Blues performers from the past and the future! Some of our favorite sets included Shakey Graves, Old 97’s, Nikki Lane, Sam Bush, Reckless Kelly and so many other talented artists.
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Hanging Out with Band of Horses

Hanging Out with Band of Horses

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-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

For me, the end of this past semester meant one thing: The Hangout Music Festival was finally here. This year’s festival, located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, looked promising with big time headliners like Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and a late addition of Phoenix. The fest spread across the sandy beach and extended to a cement area just beyond the shore, which centered around a local restaurant and music venue. Just a short 12 and a half hour drive from Columbia, this three day festival was spread across seven different stages, featuring music ranging from pop to alternative to hip-hop.

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National Park Radio at Bur Oak Brewing

National Park Radio at Bur Oak Brewing

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-Emma Dawson, Roots N Blues Intern

As I approached Bur Oak Brewing’s massive venue on a late April evening that was saturated with fog and humidity, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the experience. Even though I’ve lived in Columbia for the past four years and have enjoyed Bur Oak’s Big Tree IPA at countless downtown Columbia bars, I’d never been to the brewery itself. Few things can convince me to travel 15 miles down I-70 toward the dismal obscurity of rural mid-Missouri, but the promise of live bluegrass and craft beer proved to be more than enough temptation. My friend Dylan Hawf, a southern Illinois-based fiddler who recently relocated to Arkansas to make music his full-time job, had invited me to Bur Oak to see the band he had newly joined, National Park Radio.
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The Local Natives at the Blue Note

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– Lucy Shanker, Roots N Blues Intern

When I was in seventh grade, and primarily listening to the likes of The Black Keys and The Fray (we all have to start somewhere,) my “cool friend” made me a CD. The first two songs were “Airplanes” and “Cubism Dream,” both from the Local Native’s debut album, Gorilla Manor. Some may compare this discovery to The Enlightenment; it basically kickstarted my fascination with music in general.
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A Conversation with Charles Bradley

A Conversation with Charles Bradley

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– Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

“Cherish the moments with your mother, because they don’t last forever.” These were the closing remarks in one of the most real conversations I’ve ever had with none other than Charles Bradley, an acclaimed Roots N Blues alumnus. I saw Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires for the first time last September at Loufest in St. Louis. I considered myself a relatively new fan, considering I had been introduced to his music earlier that year. After witnessing his set at Loufest, I immediately immersed myself in his music: buying vinyls, getting merch, etc. 
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Feeding My Music Obsession

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– Hilton Peeples, Roots N Blues N BBQ Staff

I went to see Shovels & Rope! AGAIN.

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival Alum, Shovels & Rope, played in Kansas City last week at Knuckleheads Saloon. I was among the people fortunate enough to attend: watching the magic that happens between those two truly does feel like a privilege. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels & Rope is constructed of husband & wife duo, Cary-Ann Hearst & Michael Trent. Two people, about 10 instruments, a whole bunch of love, and a really unique sound. Their ability to tell and retell stories is something to be envied. After getting married in 2009, the couple continued to work on their solo careers. It wasn’t until a drive from Nashville to Birmingham that Hearst and Trent decided Shovels & Rope was a more powerful force than either one of them could be on their own.
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