POSTED ON: June 19th, 2018
Ben Miller Band’s music and lyrics are simple, and the formation of the Missouri-bred band was simple, too. The lead singer — unsurprisingly named Ben Miller — has had a passion for music since he was a young boy. Growing up playing percussion for his family’s band, he has been around music his whole life. Little did he know that years down the line he would be part of a band touring all ends of the United States, opening for ZZ Top in a European tour and playing for the 58th annual Newport Folk Festival. Read More
POSTED ON: June 12th, 2018
Valerie June is a breath of fresh air — a much needed break from the production-heavy popular music of today. With June, it’s obvious that her music is its own entity; it wasn’t forced into production, but rather just came seamlessly into being. Her music is the result of a free-flowing creative process, which she keeps carefully shielded from the influence of politics and industry norms. June lets her mind take her when it comes to her craft. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said: “The voices come to me, like when a composer writes a symphony. They sing to me, and I sing to you what I hear. Sometimes they’re an old man, sometimes a woman, a child – and I try to mimic them because I feel like that’s my job.” Read More
POSTED ON: June 5th, 2018
While Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats may be a Denver-based group, their newfound stardom has left them with little time in the city they call home. Since the release of their debut album in 2015, the band has been on the road together non-stop, traveling all over the world and playing 175-200 shows per year. Read More
POSTED ON: May 29th, 2018
Please welcome back to the stage Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue! It’s been five years since we’ve last heard the jazzy tunes of Mr. Troy Andrews on our stage here at the Roots N Blues festival. Lucky for us, we will get to see him perform his newest album, Parking Lot Symphony, that was released in April 2017. Read More
POSTED ON: May 22nd, 2018
Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, known by his fans as Taj Mahal, is an American blues artist with a laid back yet funky vibe. When I listened to him for the first time, I immediately noticed his terrific use of musical instruments. He plays everything from the guitar to harmonica, but it’s how he uses them that is specifically impressive. Mahal is a genius when it comes to combining different sounds that expand traditional blues into a new genre that is not only fun but also exciting. Read More
POSTED ON: May 15th, 2018
I first heard Sturgill Simpson my junior year of high school. My dad, an avid music listener, often checks out dozens of CDs at a time from our local library and keeps them stacked on his desk, cycling through them until he finds a record that sticks. Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music was one of those records. He hounded me for weeks, asking if I had listened to the record yet. Read More
POSTED ON: May 4th, 2018
If you search “Los Lobos” on Spotify and hit shuffle, you’ll get a mix of everything. Everything includes, but isn’t limited to, soft acoustic, Latino rock and even a few Disney classics. Read More
POSTED ON: April 20th, 2018
“I don’t know how I’m feelin’, and no-one can verify” may be how Greensky Bluegrass starts their 2014 single “Windshield,” but there is no doubt you’ll be feeling something strong by the end of one of their sets. Read More
POSTED ON: April 17th, 2018
Despite the fact that the Avett Brothers’ most current album is titled True Sadness, their gentle, effortless voices manage to evoke emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. The band’s legacy dates back to 2002, with over 10 albums filled with songs from happy to haunting to heartbreaking. Starting in North Carolina, brothers Scott and Seth Avett began making music as children and played gigs around Greenville, NC. After coining their weekly local jam sessions called “The Black Door Project,” this sibling partnership eventually blossomed into the American folk band we all know and love. Read More
POSTED ON: April 6th, 2018
If I had heard “Side Pony” by Lake Street Dive in seventh grade, the trajectory of my life may have been very different. In this deceptively simple song about — you guessed it — wearing your hair in a side ponytail, Rachael Price exudes nothing but confidence and positivity. It’s undeniably catchy and energetic, and it gained Lake Street Dive a decent amount of traction. And yet, it is the song that least demonstrates the bands cataclysmic amount of talent. That’s the thing about Lake Street Dive; even when they’re just messing around and playing covers, their sound has the ability to catch any ear and induce someone to ask, “Who is this song by?” Read More
POSTED ON: July 21st, 2017
While it may be their first time at Roots N Blues, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are no strangers to the stage. The group, who has been making music for almost 30 years, will take the stage Friday night and bring their unique and timeless sound to Stephens Lake Park.
POSTED ON: July 13th, 2017
The definition of “chump change” is a small or insignificant amount, but the band Chump Change definitely does not coincide with that meaning. They pack a whole lot of soul and a whole lot of fun into their music. Chump Change is a blues band based out of the Midwest who has been jamming since the 80s.
POSTED ON: July 12th, 2017
Greetings readers, it’s me again, your trusty artist spotlight ambassador here to satiate all of the curiosities that your little heart may desire. In this edition, we are featuring Paul Weber and the Scrappers!
POSTED ON: July 11th, 2017
When I first added Untamed Youth’s 1998 album “Youth Runs Wild!” to my Spotify queue, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Knowing nothing besides their background,, I never would have guessed that I would be instantly transported to the carefree beaches of California. Highlighted especially in their fun harmonies on “Girl Happy,” the guitar work throughout the album could only come from the instrument of surf rock, a Fender Guitar.. Untamed Youth sound like they got their start in sunny Southern California in the early 1960s, not in Columbia, Missouri in the late 1980s. Read More
POSTED ON: July 6th, 2017
The next time you clean your house, turn on The Hooten Hallers. The next time you’re partying until the break of dawn, turn on the Hooten Hallers. The band brings an energy that is impossible to ignore, no matter what you’re doing. Toe-tapping is involuntary. Then that toe-tapping turns into wild, fervent flailing of the limbs. Yes, it’s that powerful. There’s something about The Hooten Hallers’ ability to combine a certain rowdy playfulness in their songwriting with a deep, soulful sound and a dirty, gritty punk rock attitude that just makes you want to move. Read More
POSTED ON: June 30th, 2017
What happens when you combine the grandson of legendary blues artist R.L. Burnside with the distinct, bumping rhythms from two talented musicians from Hannibal, Missouri? Musical euphony. Read More
POSTED ON: June 29th, 2017
Nikki Hill is known for delivering performances you will never forget and making you believe in rock n’ roll again. They keep their rock n’ roll sounds raw, while delivering each song with pure passion for blues music. Hill’s unique voice drags you in with strength and continues to capture your soul with every lyric. Read More
POSTED ON: June 28th, 2017
-Jenna Boessen, Roots N Blues Intern
In her most recent album, “Highway Queen,” Nikki Lane both pays “whiskey-soaked homage” to her hometown and mourns her failed marriage. “Highway Queen” will take your mind on an exquisite journey, as Lane belts out her heartbreak story in the hopes of touching lives who may be walking the same path.
POSTED ON: June 27th, 2017
The Old 97’s have been “doing it longer than I’ve been alive.” Literally. They were formed in 1993. These guys are an American alternative-country band from Dallas, Texas. They’re made up of Rhett Miller (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Murry Hammond (backup vocals, bass), Ken Bethea (lead guitar, backup vocals), and Philip Peeples (drums). Most songs are written and sung by Miller, with bassist Murry Hammond typically picking up the lead vocals on one or two tracks per album. Read More
POSTED ON: June 22nd, 2017
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.
POSTED ON: June 21st, 2017
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
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
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
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
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: 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.