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Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers (Reunited!) among latest added to Rooster Walk 9 band lineup

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This just in from the good folks at Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival:

Progressive stringband Greensky Bluegrass and legendary reunited reggae band The Wailers will top the lineup for the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, set for May 25-28, 2017 just outside of Martinsville, Virgina. The two bands were announced Tuesday, Jan. 10, along with new additions Anders Osborne, Anderson East, The Motet, Susto, Mission in the Rain, Juliana MacDowell and “artist at large” Josh Shilling.

Rooster Walk, which was named one of the top five festivals in Virginia by the Richmond-Times Dispatch last year, will announce additional bands in the coming weeks.

“Rooster Walk has grown each and every year thanks to an amazing family of fans, supporters and volunteers,” said festival co-founder Johnny Buck. “We’re excited to bring these fantastic bands to Martinsville-Henry County. Greensky Bluegrass will continue our tradition of world-class, cutting edge, progressive bluegrass. The Wailers, meanwhile, have reunited and will bring three original members from Bob Marley’s iconic group to Pop’s Farm. It’s shaping up to be a pretty special weekend, for sure.”

Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country’s most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They’ve become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule.

The legendary Wailers band is carrying its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and recently rejoined in solidarity with original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, this modern version of The Wailers is now producing a sound more authentic than anything since the early 1980s. From Familyman’s signature booming bass to Junior and Donald’s electrifying rock/blues guitar licks and leads, the sound, the power, the heartbeat of Reggae music will have you calling out for more.

Other acts currently announced on the RW9 lineup are The Marcus King Band (southern rock; Asheville, N.C.), Billy Strings (progressive bluegrass; Nashville, Tenn.), Eric Krasno Band (rock/jazz fusion; New York, N.Y.), Yarn (roots/rock; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Susto (indy-rock; Charleston, S.C.), Erin & The Wildfire (R&B/soul; Charlottesville, Va.), The Trongone Band (southern rock; Richmond, Va.); Mission in the Rain (Jerry Garcia Band tribute; Western N.C.), Juliana MacDowell (singer-songwriter; Loudon, Va.) and artist-at-large Josh Shilling (soul/rock; Nashville, Tenn.), a native of nearby Bassett, Va.

In addition to four days of amazing music, the family-friendly Rooster Walk will offer a wide variety of kids’ activities, craft beer, food/arts vendors and beautiful on-site camping.

Rooster Walk Inc. is a community-nonprofit dedicated to promoting music, arts and education in its home of Martinsville/Henry County. A portion of festival proceeds go to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship as well as the Rooster Walk Music Instrument Program for entry-level band programs in Martinsville/Henry County public schools. The festival is proud to have Bassett Furniture return as its title sponsor once again.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.RoosterWalk.com.

Rooster Walk 9 Current Band Lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers (Reunited!), Anders Osborne, Anderson East, The Motet, Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Eric Krasno Band, YARN, Susto, Erin and the Wildfire, The Trongone Band, Mission in the Rain, Juliana MacDowell, Artist at Large: Josh Shilling, Plus Many More TBA!

Greensky Bluegrass

Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Paul Hoffman (mandolin), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Anders Beck (dobro, Michael Arlen Bont (banjo) and Mike Devol (upright bass) spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.

“You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band,” Hoffman said recently. “All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There’s a flow to this album (Shouted, Written Down & Quoted), just like there’s a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It’s a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape.”

Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country’s most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They’ve become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule.

The Wailers (Reunited!)

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before millions of fans in numerous countries. Their mission now is to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested when he told Fams and Junior: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”

Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and recently rejoined in solidarity with original Wailers Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, this modern version of The Wailers is now producing a sound more authentic than anything since the early 1980s. From Familyman’s signature booming bass to Junior and Donald’s electrifying rock/blues guitar licks and leads, the sound, the power, the heartbeat of Reggae music will have you calling out for more.

The Wailers promise to not only deliver music and talent perfected over more than 40 years, but thankfully introduces fans to new-generation talents who have ties to the Bob Marley & The Wailers family and legacy. Drummer Aston Barrett Jr. is Familyman’s multi-talented son and the nephew of Wailers co-founder and pioneering drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett. Josh David Barrett is a Brooklyn-based singer and musician who Aston Jr. brought into The Wailers in 2014. A Rastaman by lifestyle and culture, Josh adeptly delivers Bob’s powerful messages of Jah love and world unity through his performance and interaction with the audience. Singer Shema McGregor is Reggae royalty, following in the line of her mother Judy Mowatt, a member of Bob Marley’s world renowned I-Three. Her father is Freddie McGregor, award winning singer and head of Kingston’s Big Ship recording studios. Owen “Dreadie” Reid is the last student lucky enough to have Aston “Familyman” Barrett as his mentor on bass. His style is reminiscent of the great Fams and he performs with power and precision, whether on bass or rhythm guitar. Keyboardist Javaughn Bond has recorded and toured with Julian, Stephen and Damian Marley on assorted projects. Also touring with The Wailers is live engineer Dennis Thompson, who provided the Wailers with the best sound at shows and in the studio.

The Wailers have claim to more than 250 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold, including 1977’s Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and “One Love” named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC. Spin Magazine listed Bob Marley & The Wailers at #4 of the 50 Greatest Bands of All Times, while The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the century. All of these accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless, and distinctive music, lyrics, arrangements, and production provided by the incomparable Wailers musicians.

Anders Osborne

Returning to for the first time since Rooster Walk 6 (2014), New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure thanks to the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City’s Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year.

Anderson East

NPR Music’s Ann Powers wrote that Anderson East’s debut album, Delilah is “…a homecoming of sorts for this Athens, Ala., native, whose shoofly pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts fit perfectly within the classic soul settings he and (legendary producer Dave) Cobb create. … East has a gruff way with phrasing and a lot of youthful enthusiasm, but he’s learning his way into mastery. There’s thought behind every rhythmic push and melismatic twist.” Yahoo Music added that, “It’s hard to not get excited by this authentic-sounding slice of southern R&B courtesy of Nashville’s Anderson East.” Since the album’s release, East has performed on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Myers” as well as on “CBS This Morning,” among others.

The Motet

The Motet will return to Rooster Walk after wowing the audience a year ago with a Friday night funk set for the ages at RW8. The Motet began in 1998 in Denver, Co., where the band’s then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. The Motet took their infectious dance parties on the road about three years ago, and their national fan base has been growing exponentially ever since. Today their shows sell out from coast to coast at such venues as Red Rock’s Amphitheatre, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicago’s Park West, The Independent in San Francisco, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. A favorite along the festival circuit, The Motet has performed at Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Bonnoroo, Peach Fest and many others.

For more band bios and information, visit: http://roosterwalk.com/performers/

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