Bluesfest Adds 16 More Artists for 2018

Jason Isbell
Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

The next wave of artists have been added to the Bluesfest lineup this morning and as expected there’s a bunch to get excited about.

This round of artists includes the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Teskey Brothers plus Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Canned Heat, Walter Trout and André Cymone.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers

Bluesfest Announces Second Round of Artists for 2016

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The second round of artists for the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest dropped this morning and there’s a lot for Timber and Steel readers to get excited about.

if you look past the massive headliner you’ll see some very exciting names like The Decemberists, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Tweedy, Steve Earle, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Blackberry Smoke amongst others.

Bluesfest is held over the Easter long weekend from the 24th to 28th March just outside of Byron Bay. The full list of artists announced as part of the second round is below – check out the official site for more details.

Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Jackson Browne
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Steve Earle & The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Blackberry Smoke

NPR to Stream Newport Folk Festival Again in 2012

Newport Folk Festival
Image Courtesy of Newport Folk Festival

Every year I make the vow to one day make it to the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, USA. As a lover of folk music attending would be a pilgrimage of sorts with the folk festival regarded as one of the best in the world (and also the place where Dylan went electric). And every year I look at the lineup and think “damn, I wish this was the year I was going” because every year it simply blows me away.

And while I won’t be going to Newport in 2012 those of us stuck in the Australian winter can still experience the whole thing thanks to the wonder of the internet. For the fifth straight year NPR Music will be streaming some of the most anticipated sets from the Newport Folk Festival live on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July. Starting with Wilco and winding their way to Sara Watkins, NPR Music has picked the best of the best this year for their broadcast.

The full list of artists is too big to print here but we can tell you we’re hotly anticipating listening to Megafaun, My Morning Jacket, Dawes, Iron & Wine, Alabama Shakes, Deer Tick, First Aid Kit, Jackson Browne, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Head And The Heart and Trampled By Turtles, just to name a few. And remember there’s a 14 hour time difference between the east coast of Australia and Newport meaning you’ll catch most of the evening acts in the middle of our day.

Head to NPR Music to check out the full lineup for the broadcast and get all the streaming details.

And then next year? Maybe we’ll make it to Newport

Tributes Planned For Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie was born on the 14th July, 1912 and passed away in 1967 but his influence as a singer and songwriter permeate almost every facet of modern folk music. Next year (2012) would have marked the 100th birthday for the legendary folk singer and a raft of tributes are in the works to celebrate the milestone.

First up Billy Bragg and Wilco will be releasing a deluxe boxset of their two album Mermaid Avenue project from 1998 and 2000 which took the unpublished writings of Guthrie and set them to new music. The deluxe Mermaid Avenue boxset is currently set for release in March next year.

Jay Farrar, Centro-Matic‘s Will Johnson, Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James) and Anders Parker are also planning a similar project to the Bragg/Wilco pairing with New Multitudes, another album of unpublished Woody Guthrie material set to new music penned by the group. New Multitudes has a January 2012 release date attached to it.

Notes of Hope Note of Hope will see some of the music industry’s best including Van Dyke Parks, Lou Reed, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Ani Difranco, Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and more come together to pay tribute to Guthrie through versions of his songs, both recorded and unpublished. The record is due for release the 27th September this year and can be heard in full on the 429 Records web site.

There are a couple of other releases planned for the milestone including a The Complete Woody Guthrie in January. Check out the official Woody100 web site for details on everything that’s happening next year. No word as yet whether there’ll be a local tribute but Guthrie’s 100th birthday sounds like just the right excuse to inspire the next Festival Folk Sing compilation…

Ray Davies Reveals Collaboration Album Track List

Ray Davies
Image Courtesy of Pitchfork

About a month back we revealed that Mumford and Sons would be appearing alongside Kinks frontman Ray Davies on a new album. Details about the collaboration project have been scarce but we can finally reveal (via Pitchfork) the full track listing and collaboration details. Along with Mumford and Sons other folk/country contributors include Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne. The album will be out November 1st and is titled See My Friends. Check out the full track list below:

1. Better Things [ft. Bruce Springsteen]
2. Celluloid Heroes [ft. Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora]
3. Days/This Time Tomorrow [ft. Mumford & Sons]
4. Long Way From Home [ft. Lucinda Williams & the 88]
5. You Really Got Me [ft. Metallica]
6. Lola [ft. Paloma Faith]
7. Waterloo Sunset [ft. Jackson Browne]
8. ‘Til the End of the Day [ft. Alex Chilton & the 88]
9. Dead End Street [ft. Amy Macdonald]
10. See My Friends [ft. Spoon]
11. This Is Where I Belong [ft. Black Francis]
12. David Watts [ft. the 88]
13. Tired of Waiting [ft. Gary Lightbody]
14. All Day and All of the Night/Destroyer [ft. Billy Corgan]

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