Since those first two mystery medleys a couple weeks ago, the organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass have released more of the 2019 lineup, which includes rock legend turned country rocker Robert Plant, and former War on Drugs guitarist Kurt Vile with his band The Violators.
The beloved, annual, very crowded free festival in Golden Gate Park is like a sunnier, mellower version of Outside Lands, taking place in almost the same footprint of the park, minus the polo field. This year it takes place October 4 to 6, and for the first time in a few year it does not overlap with Fleet Week, meaning there won't be the roar of fighter jets interrupting the music.
As we heard previously, Steve Earle, Tanya Tucker, Daniel Norgren, Bettye LaVette, and Margo Price are all set to perform at the sort-of country-inflected festival that is, as always, hardly strict about the "bluegrass" moniker. Joining the lineup in the final grouping are country-soul artist Yola, country singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier, Oakland's Whiskerman, Mariachi group Flor De Toloache, folk duo Mandolin Orange, and, of course, making her near annual appearance, will be Emmylou Harris.
Update: A fourth round of artists from the lineup was also released. Per Hardly Strictly's organizers, they include:
Folk-country balladeer Caitlin Canty, San Francisco alt-rockers Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Bedouine’s vintage folk stylings by way of Syria and Saudi Arabia, the electric incarnation of Bay-area legends Hot Tuna, The Infamous Stringdusters’ award-winning progressive bluegrass, Kronos Quartet’s Pete Seeger @ 100 with special guests Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, Aoife O’Donovan, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, directed by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Paisley Underground pioneers The Long Ryders, the many-faced folk stylings of Hiss Golden Messenger, Poor Man’s Whiskey and their “high octane hootenanny,” and the nouveau New Orleans gumbo of Tank & The Bangas.
Below, a few teasers.