POSTED ON: June 20th, 2017
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
POSTED ON: June 16th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 14th, 2017
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
POSTED ON: June 13th, 2017
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
POSTED ON: June 9th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 9th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 7th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 7th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 6th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 2nd, 2017
The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival is a carefree zone. For most, there’s very little thought of work; other commitments seem to fade away during this weekend in late September. Especially with our new cashless system, you don’t even have to think about losing your wallet. The only responsibility you should have is ensuring you see all your favorite acts. The good news is, the stage schedule has just been released. Now, you can start planning to make sure you don’t miss anyone.
POSTED ON: June 2nd, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 1st, 2017
Lee Fields and The Expressions fall under the umbrellas of blues, soul, and funk. This collaboration between famous soul singer and house band has created a musical experience like no other.
POSTED ON: May 30th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 26th, 2017
“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.
POSTED ON: May 24th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 23rd, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 19th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 17th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 12th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: May 9th, 2017
“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.”
POSTED ON: May 5th, 2017
A year prior to the Front Porch Stage’s introduction to the Roots and Blues Festival, I was riding on a golf cart through the festival grounds with Terry Robb. We were on our way to the main stage to announce the winners of the signed guitar giveaway and something caught my eye.
POSTED ON: May 2nd, 2017
But no ooonnnneee is ever gonna love you more than we do over here at Roots N Blues! That’s why we updated our Spotify playlist with all the newly announced artists for the 2017 festival, including Band of Horses! Check it out here. Read More
POSTED ON: April 28th, 2017
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…
POSTED ON: April 18th, 2017
POSTED ON: April 13th, 2017
“Someday somebody’s gonna ask you a question that you should say ‘yes’ to,” say Old 97’s, one of this year’s RNB’s artists. Here’s the question: do you want a Spotify playlist with amazing music from the 2017 festival artists? You know the answer.
POSTED ON: April 12th, 2017
Picture this: you’re at Roots N Blues N BBQ. You put a $10 bill in the pocket of your jeans before coming to the festival. You go to buy a beer at the Logboat Brewery station. You reach for that ten dollars, but it’s gone. Read More
POSTED ON: April 7th, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: April 4th, 2017
“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.
POSTED ON: March 30th, 2017
The opening of each Mavericks song is closely followed by a recurring conundrum: to salsa or to line dance. In their newest single “Damned (If You Do),” the Miami bred group does not eliminate this decision making process. With more than twenty successful years in the music industry and an incredible performance at last year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ under their belt, the Mavericks continue to deliver.
POSTED ON: March 28th, 2017
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.