Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is back for 2016 and we will be hosting 11 shows during the weekend of September 16–18th, 2016!
WDVX Blue Plate Special – Be part of the studio audience for a special Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion edition of the WDVX Blue Plate Special live radio show featuring Folk Soul Revival, Front Country, & Jesse Kramer.
Ulali Project – The current incarnation of the Ulali Project – made up of original founders Pura Fé and Kreisberg, along with new members Charly Lowry and Layla Locklear – came together in 2014. Their first performance was at the River People Music Festival in North Carolina, a festival celebrating southeastern Native music and traditions. Their haunting voices and rich percussion have connected with audiences across the United States, and they have shared their music – a unique blend of Native American music, bluegrass, jazz, soul and folk – in honor of environmental causes such as the People’s Climate March in New York City.
Bill & the Belles w/ Members of Johnson City Symphony – Step back in time with popular old time string band Bill and the Belles and members of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. This one time special event will feature Bill and the Belles, with their distinct vocals and instrumentation, as well as a chamber orchestra consisting of members of the Johnson City Symphony!
Noah Gundersen – (Indie-folk, alt-country) For Noah Gundersen, the past few years have brought about immense growth and change, both as an artist and as a young man grappling with issues of identity and independence. It should come as little surprise that his stunning new album, Carry The Ghost, is so heavily influenced by existential philosophy.
Amythyst Kiah – She is a local Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter with eclectic influences that span the decades. She draws heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family) and is inspired by the vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the ’50s-’70s (BigMama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn).
Aaron Lee Tasjan –
Aaron Lee Tasjan shed his former skin as a much sought after rock guitarist with groups like The New York Dolls and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and has transitioned into one of America’s most acclaimed and insightful songwriters, as well as one of its most unique and entertaining live performers.
Seth Walker –
(Americana, blues) Revered roots music troubadour Seth Walker recently took up residency in New Orleans. Upon relocating to the Big Easy, the North Carolina native completed his rounds of the Holy Trinity of southern American music cities. His journey began in Austin where he fast became a staple of the Texas blues scene. He’d later shuffle off to Nashville where he’d absorb the cosmopolitan twang of its storytelling tradition. Clearly, however, it is the influence of his current NOLA home with its funky melting-pot swagger that inspired the gospel-soaked fervor and gritty guitar burn at the core of his latest album, Sky Still Blue.
Hot Club of Cowtown –
(Western swing/jazz) Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times).
Ryley Walker –
(Folk) Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the true American guitar player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways, or the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact.
Annabelle’s Curse –
(Alt-folk) – Annabelle’s Curse is an alt-folk band from Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. Its members are Tim Kilbourne (vocals, banjo, guitar), Carly Booher (vocals, mandolin), Zack Edwards (guitar), Travis Goyette (percussion), and Tyler Luttrell (bass). As an independent band, Annabelle’s Curse’s fan support has been instrumental to their success. Annabelle’s Curse has supported acts such as Anderson East, The Black Lillies, HoneyHoney, and Humming House. The band has been a staple at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and has also performed at Floydfest, Rhythm and Blooms, Rooster Walk, and Music City Roots.
Jill Andrews –
A native of East Tennessee, Jill Andrews kicked off her songwriting career as co-founder of The Everybodyfields, a band whose mix of Southern genres — folk, country, bluegrass — and male-female vocals helped pave the way for future groups like The Civil Wars.