Singer-songwriter legend Jackson Browne joins the legendary Tom Jones and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Bluesfest’s second announcement for 2016.Browne will be back at Bluesfest for the first time in ten year with his latest Standing In The Breach.Other veteran acts announced include The Wailers (performing four albums in their entirety over four nights: Exodus, Survival, Uprising And Legend ) and Lucky Peterson.
But the big news is that the two biggest names on the Americana scene over the past two years – Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson (who won two Americana awards last week in Nashville) will be on the bill. They will be joined by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy with his side-project Tweedy and Americana legend Steve Earle who is currently touring behind his latest album Terraplane (see the ATN review of Saturday’s AmericanaFest show).
Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says that the latest announcement is”like a Royal Easter Show bag of the best music on the planet occurring today – so many goodies – chock full of surprises and with a couple of legendary favourites to top it off.”
Also announced are The Decemberists, Grace Potter, Tweedy, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Wailers (performing four albums in entirety; Exodus, Survival, Uprising And Legend over four nights), Lord Huron, Nahko And Medicine For The People, Vintage Trouble, Emdee and Blackberry Smoke
These join artists already announced: The National, City and Colour, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, Joe Bonamassa, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Cat Empire, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, The Word, Rhiannon Giddens, Janiva Magness, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Allen Stone, The Selecter, Shakey Graves, Songhoy Blues
Bluesfest 2015, March 24-28, Byron Bay.