Wednesday, March 05, 2008

With latest additions, Telluride lineup touches all the bases

The latest adds are prolific songwriter Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, legendary folkie Arlo Guthrie, and progressive bluegrass pioneers Hot Rize, the latter in a second booking for the legendary band's 30th anniversary reunion. They supplement a deep lineup of talent that crosses many genres beyond the one--bluegrass--mentioned in the festival's name. Among the lineup trends:

First-time performers: Adams and Guthrie are first-timers in Town Park. Other debuts are Scottish soul-pop singer Paolo Nutini, sweet-voiced country singer Tift Merritt and country-soul pioneer Solomon Burke.

Reunions: Beloved festival favorites Leftover Salmon and Hot Rize (with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers) reunite for special Telluride performances.

Falling slowly: Recent Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the film Once perform both as the stripped-down acoustic The Swell Season and with one of the only 2008 dates for the Irish rock band The Frames.

Collaborations: Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder, Darrell Scott and John Cowan, “Duos with Friends” by banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck.

The Telluride House Band: King of Telluride Sam Bush performs for his 34th straight year. Other house band regulars are Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and Bryan Sutton.

New generation: The younger generation of stringband musicians is well-represented, including Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Uncle Earl, and The Duhks.

The complete lineup:

35th Telluride Bluegrass Festival - June 19-22, 2008 – Telluride, CO

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals * Sam Bush Band * Ani DiFranco Band * Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder * Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar & Bryan * Arlo Guthrie * Yonder Mountain String Band * The Swell Season: Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova from the film Once * Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers * Paolo Nutini * Béla Fleck, Duos with Friends * Tim O’Brien * Del McCoury Band * Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile * Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Airforce * Leftover Salmon * Jerry Douglas Band * The Frames * John Cowan & Darrell Scott Band * Edgar Meyer * Brett Dennen * Tift Merritt * Uncle Earl * The Emmitt Nershi Band * Solomon Burke * The Duhks * Cadillac Sky * Steep Canyon Rangers * Spring Creek Bluegrass Band

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