2008 Telluride Bluegrass| Lineup Announced

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I’m in the midst of clearing through the LMB inbox, and we’ve gotten tons of music festival news over the past couple weeks. No big surprise there at all, really. I’ll try to get some of the info posted for those that are interested in planning their festival schedule this year, and in the meantime you can always head over to the JamBase for their listing of 287 different music festivals set for this year.

One of these festivals that we hadn’t posted on yet was the 35th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, set for June 19-22 in Telluride, Colorado. This year’s lineup is steeped in bluegrass and folk as always, and this year they continue to push the envelope a bit by featuring artists with crossover appeal to the underground mainstream. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Hornsby, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile are the immediate artists that come to mind if you take a look at the lineup below:

35th Telluride Bluegrass Lineup

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

I had some family attend this event in the past and they could say nothing but good things about it. We’ve also had plenty of readers attend and I know Dave attended one year and saw John Prine. Anyone going this year? Drop us some comments and let us know.

  • http://rodneyrowland.tumblr.com RR

    Can someone please tell me how Rayn Adams and the Cardinals fit into a blue/newgrass festival? Don’t get me wrong, I love Ryan and own every piece of music he has recorded but wtf?

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    As people would describe his music to me, I constantly heard it called “alt-country,” meaning that he’s got that old school folk and roots instrumentation surrounding his rock side. I’ll be honest to say that I haven’t given much time to his discography, so maybe someone’s a little more versed in how and why this could fit.

    He *does* cover the Dead sometimes — does that count? :)

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

    As people would describe his music to me, I constantly heard it called “alt-country,” meaning that he’s got that old school folk and roots instrumentation surrounding his rock side. I’ll be honest to say that I haven’t given much time to his discography, so maybe someone’s a little more versed in how and why this could fit.

    He *does* cover the Dead sometimes — does that count? :)

  • Saxtor

    They both fit because the festival, while perhaps having “Bluegrass” in the name, doesn’t exclusively book bluegrass acts. That’s not uncommon at all for the bigger bluegrass fests. It might be 90% bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass, or bluegrass influenced, but at the bigger fests you can expect to find a dose of blues, zydeco, alt/country, old-timey, folk, jazz and so on.

    Also, the organizers need to give the “no drums allowed” bluegrass-only snobs something to bitch and cry about. I remember hearing people complain about Earl Scruggs’ Revue at Merlefest because it had pedal steel and drums. Earl Scruggs!

  • Saxtor

    They both fit because the festival, while perhaps having “Bluegrass” in the name, doesn’t exclusively book bluegrass acts. That’s not uncommon at all for the bigger bluegrass fests. It might be 90% bluegrass, newgrass, jamgrass, or bluegrass influenced, but at the bigger fests you can expect to find a dose of blues, zydeco, alt/country, old-timey, folk, jazz and so on.

    Also, the organizers need to give the “no drums allowed” bluegrass-only snobs something to bitch and cry about. I remember hearing people complain about Earl Scruggs’ Revue at Merlefest because it had pedal steel and drums. Earl Scruggs!

  • jan davy

    I say it’s all good. If ya don’t like it don’t come! Variety is the spice of life.

  • jan davy

    I say it’s all good. If ya don’t like it don’t come! Variety is the spice of life.

  • http://rodneyrowland.tumblr.com RR

    Can someone please tell me how Rayn Adams and the Cardinals fit into a blue/newgrass festival? Don't get me wrong, I love Ryan and own every piece of music he has recorded but wtf?