The “King of Telluride” has been taking the East Coast by storm in recent years. Sam Bush has been a staple at Merlefest since its inception, but the mandolin virtuoso is no stranger to FloydFest and this spring played Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival for the first time.
Now, on the heels of his newest album release, “Storyman,” he’s headed to The Festy Experience, The Infamous Stringdusters music festival that benefits the Can’d Aid Foundation, set for Oct. 7-9 at the Lockn Festival property in Nelson County, Virginia, located between Charlottesville and Lynchburg.
In addition to Bush, Charlottesville resident Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Steep Canyon Rangers, the North Mississippi All Stars and Anders Osborne (aka North Mississippi Osborne), are among the acts at the top of the bill for The Festy.
Jim Lauderdale has been tapped to MC. Watch for him to perform with North Mississippi All Stars since the band helped him out with his recent double-CD project. Nicki Bluhm has been billed as The Festy’s special guest artist. Other acts on the bill include Rubblebucket, Elephant Revival, Nikki Lane, Sarah Watkins, Emi Sunshine, Cabinet, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Jon Stickley Trio and River Whyless creating what appears to be the seventh annual event’s strongest lineup to date.
Tickets are $100 for a day-tripper pass and kids 12 and younger are free with a paid ticket holder. Parking is also free for day-trippers. Single-day tickets will go on sale this month (if any are available) once the schedule is announced. Camping and festival passes are $150 for all three days. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
From The Festy Experience website:
“The Infamous Stringdusters joyously embody and carry forward the spirit of Bill Monroe, John Hartford, Earl Scruggs, David Bromberg and other originators in their skilled embrace of this music’s twin gravitational pulls. Grammy-nominated The Infamous Stringdusters – Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Travis Book (double bass), and Pandolfi (banjo) – are as comfortable at a dirt road pickin’ session as they are on an amphitheatre stage, a collection of talents that can whisper and roar as the circumstance demands. The Stringdusters’ latest album, Ladies & Gentlemen (Compass Records) spotlights the band’s gift for incorporating guests into their world by rolling out the red carpet for an eclectic array of female singers lending their pipes to a dozen original Stringdusters compositions. Highlighting the group’s instrumental and compositional prowess, the new set opens up fresh spaces including the drum-boosted contemporary country bounce of “Listen” with airwave vet Joan Osborne, the classic Dolly Parton feel “See How Far You’ve Come” with Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour), the slow jam slink of “Have A Little Faith” with nu-soul belter Joss Stone, the contemporary folk breeze of “I Believe” with Lee Ann Womack, the rousing Americana soar of “Old Whiskey Bottle” with Celia Woodsmith, or the exhilarating style stew of “Hazosphere” with Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band). A resounding feeling of rock-ribbed authenticity and charming sincerity infuses every aspect of what the Stringdusters do.”