We’ve already pieced together a handful of acts slotted to perform during this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (HSB) festival — including The Milk Carton Kids, Margo Price, The Meat Puppets, etc. — but now we’ve identified more artists expected to take the stage(s), per the HSB's ever-growing enigmatic playlist.
As of this week we now know the has added the following acts, in addition to others previously mentioned:
- Tanya Tucker
- Daniel Norgren
- Buddy Miller
- Dirk Powell (with Stuart Dunca)
- John Craigie
- Hot Buttered Rum
- Mdou Moctar
- Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
- Sierra Hull
- Dry Branch Fire Squad
- Nikki Lane
Tucker, lauded as the first lady of outlaw country and known on both sides of the Mississippi for songs like “Delta Dawn” and “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane”—is an especially interesting add-on to the lineup, having just announced the forthcoming release of her first album, Where I’m Livin’; it's her first collection of new material in over 17 years. Suffice to say we’re expecting to hear live-played selections from her yet-released LP—which debuts August 23rd—at this year’s HSB happening.
The melodious brainchild of the now-deceased Warren Hellman, the festival began fifteen-years ago, erected as a celebratory ode to the many genres of American music. Thankfully, too, the festival organizers say that this year’s three-day autumn extravaganza won't overlap with the notably vociferous San Francisco Fleet Week.
Alas, you’ll be able to enjoy the live-playings quote “without noisy jets overhead.”
HSB 2019 will be put on from October 4th–6th, occupying the same slice of Golden Gate Park as years prior. Slather on your SPF and expect the usual enormous crowds that the festival is known to attract.
Peruse through cherry-picked samples from this year’s lineup ...thus far:
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