As the sun sets on this Friday before the Winter Solstice, we wanted to share a glowing glimpse into the longest days of the year and the Summer Solstice gathering of Festivarian Nation at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival (June 18-21, 2015).
We can barely contain our excitement... We're honored to present the historic collaboration of legendary artists Ry Cooder, Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs -- a set we've dreamt about for the past 25 years. And making her Telluride debut is 2-time Grammy winner (Country Album of the Year and Country Song of the Year) Kacey Musgraves. Oh my, it's going to be a glorious weekend of music and Colorado sunshine at 8,750'...
Presenting the initial lineup for the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass:
• Sam Bush Band • Cooder-White-Skaggs • John Butler Trio • Kacey Musgraves • Trampled by Turtles • Telluride House Band • Yonder Mountain String Band • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn • Leftover Salmon • Punch Brothers • Hot Rize • Greensky Bluegrass • Lake Street Dive • Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band • Jerry Douglas Band • Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer • Rhiannon Giddens • Rock My Soul featuring The Fairfield Four & The McCrary Sisters • Lau • Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan • Trout Steak Revival • Telluride Troubadour & Band Contests • more still to be announced...
Once again we'll be joined by many of the adventurous acoustic virtuosos who have defined Telluride Bluegrass over the past 4 decades: from Sam Bush's 41st year; to his partners in the Telluride House Band (Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart); to Peter Rowan and Hot Rize; to the intimate duets of Béla & Abigail, Chris & Edgar, Noam & Stuart; to the inspiring jams of Yonder Mtn String Band, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Punch Brothers, and Greensky Bluegrass.
This year's celebration welcomes back newer friends of Festivarian Nation: the earthy grooves of Australian superstars John Butler Trio, the soulful pop of Lake Street Dive, and founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens.
Two of the most famed vocal groups in gospel music history -- Fairfield Four and McCrary Sisters -- join together for a stirring Sunday morning. 4-time BBC Folk Awards' "Best Band" winners Lau make their eagerly anticipated US festival debut. Trout Steak Revival bring their Colorado indie-grass-folk to the Shellman stage after winning last year's band contest. And we'll have many more names to add in the coming weeks.
Single-day tickets for Thursday and Sunday -- as well as camping -- are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
We just received the great news that family camping will again be available at Telluride High School for the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass. We'll begin selling these camping passes on Thursday, January 8 at 9am MST.
Or if sleeping under the stars isn't your thing, lodging is still available in Telluride and Mountain Village from many of our lodging partners.
The remaining single-day tickets for the 43rd Annual RockyGrass (July 24-26, 2015) sold-out shortly after last week's announcement of the complete lineup. If you have your RockyGrass tickets, camping is still available in 2 convenient campgrounds: River Bend and Meadow Park.
We sold through our limited allotment of early discount passes for the 25th Annual Rocky Mtn Folks Festival (August 14-16, 2015) early this week. But 3-day passes and on-site camping are still available for the silver anniversary of our "summit on the song" along the St. Vrain River in Lyons.
Finally, there's still time to have a copy of our book, Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation, show up under your tree next week. The leather-bound collector's edition book is available at Amazon or fine booksellers around Colorado.
From all of us in the extended Planet Bluegrass family, we wish you a loving holiday season filled with sun, powder runs, and a choir of singing mandolins at your door. We can't wait to share a magical new year with you.
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