"Lord, take me home to the peaceful valley,
Down the winding river, to your city, your soul...
Trying to find a peaceful song;
trying to find a peaceful song."
- Ryan Adams
When Ryan Adams sings these anthemic lyrics this Summer Solstice, these images will take on a renewed meaning... Looking out over the winding San Miguel River, in the capitol city of Festivarian Nation, the valley of Telluride will find its peaceful songs in the spirit and soul of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.
Over the course of nine unforgettable albums, Ryan has amassed one of the most inspired and uncompromising songwriting catalogs of the twenty-first century, mixing honest pop-rock with a rootsy twang. Together with his electrifying band The Cardinals, he will be the perfect summit for a full moon Colorado night at the 35th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 19-22).
That same moon will light the stage for the epic rock of The Frames — one of Ireland's most famed live bands. Mark your calendar for Sunday night, February 24, as the lead singer of The Frames, Glen Hansard, and his musical partner, Marketa Irglova, will perform on the Academy Awards — where their song "Falling Slowly" from their movie Once — has been nominated for an Oscar. Together, they'll be performing their beautiful, passion-drenched music on the Telluride Bluegrass stage as The Swell Season.
These latest additions join a Telluride Bluegrass lineup that includes Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, Bruce Hornsby & Ricky Skaggs, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Uncle Earl, the Telluride House Band — Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer & Bryan Sutton — and many many more. Check out photos and bios of this year's performers at bluegrass.com and continue to watch the website for additional lineup additions in the next couple weeks.
Gather your Festivarian family — even forward this email to a friend! — and make your plans to start the summer in Telluride. Tickets, camping, and lodging are all available now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. Planet Bluegrass charges no service fees of any kind and all our tickets are fully refundable prior to our refund dates. We'll begin selling single-day tickets as soon as the single-day lineups are announced - in the next month or so.
The simmering RockyGrass lineup just got hotter with the addition of Chris Thile's new band Punch Brothers, whose upcoming album contains their 40-minute four-movement bluegrass-classical suite about which the Chicago Tribune wrote: "This is no crazy quilt with visible seams, but an organic statement that not only starts a fresh branch on the newgrass tree, but on new music, period." We're so excited, we've invited the Punch Brothers to perform at both RockyGrass and Telluride Bluegrass.
Also added to the RockyGrass lineup is the African-American stringband the Carolina Chocolate Drops. David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine raves about their debut CD: "Dazzling in its velocity and virtuosity...defiantly ecstatic music." Together with the Stairwell Sisters and Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, they'll bring the old-time roots of bluegrass to this year's RockyGrass.
Three-day passes for RockyGrass (July 25-27) and Meadow Park camping is available now - 800-624-2422 or shop.bluegrass.com. That's three days with Dan Tyminski; Natalie MacMaster; PsychoGrass; Sam, Jerry & Edgar; JD Crowe; Infamous Stringdusters, and many, many others. And if you or someone you love is an aspiring Dobro player, they can still get in on one of the last few open spaces at the RockyGrass Academy (July 20-24) - the greatest week of bluegrass, anywhere.
Two years ago, the soul-folk troubadour Amos Lee won over the entire Folks Fest crowd with his sweetly dynamic Friday evening set. We're thrilled to welcome him back to Folks, along with another Festivarian favorite: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers. After wowing Festivarian audiences at Telluride Bluegrass and our Wildflower Pavilion with their infectious energy, we can't wait to see them on stage at the 18th Annual Folks Festival (Aug 15-17) along the wooded banks of the St. Vrain River in Lyons, CO.
We'll have many, many more names to add to the current Folks lineup — which already includes Greg Brown, Todd Snider, The Waifs, and Tim O'Brien — in the coming months. Order your tickets and camping now and save $30 with our early-bird discount - 800-624-2422 / shop.bluegrass.com.
If you're actively involved in songwriting — or hope to be this summer — reserve your space now in The Song School (Aug 10-14). You'll leave the Planet Bluegrass Ranch with a bucket of new songs, a year's worth of inspiration, and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Finally, congratulations to the numerous friends of Planet Bluegrass who took home Grammy Awards a couple weeks ago, including: Steve Earle, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Willie Nelson, and Ricky Skaggs. And a special congratulations to Rounder Records (distributors of the Telluride Bluegrass 30th Anniversary CD and DVD) who will be honored with a lifetime achievement award tonight at the Folk Alliance Awards.
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