San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival has announced its line-up for this year’s free event to be held in Golden Gate Park from October 3 – 4.
Headliners include Lucinda Williams, Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Mavis Staples, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Justin Townes Earle, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Carlene Carter, T Bone Burnett, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones, Rosanne Cash, Dwight Yoakam, The Mastersons, The Flatlanders Featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Buddy Miller’s Cavalcade of Stars: Kate York, Striking Matches, Nikki Lane, Shawn Colvin, Tony Joe White, Buddy Miller & Friends, Jonathan Wilson, Jason Isbell, Robert Earl Keen and The Felice Brothers.
This alone would make it the best festival of its type in the world. But wait! There’s more!
The remaining line-up consists of: Parker Millsap, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The High Bar Gang, Dry Branch Fire Squad, The McCrary Sisters, Buckwheat Zydeco, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, The Aquabats! (Friday morning middle school program), Rose’s Pawn Shop, The Go To Hell Man Clan, Malawi Mouse Boys, Whograss, Reckless Kelly, Evolfo, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express ‘Strings In The Temple’, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Blue Rodeo, Chris Isaak, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, Holler Down The Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute To the Masters (Dickens, Hellman, Reed, Scruggs, Seeger, Watson & Winchester), Bonnie Prince Billy & The Cairo Gang featuring Dawn McCarthy, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Caitlin Rose, The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green, Robbie Fulks, Cibo Matto, The Sam Chase, Conor Brings Friends For Friday Featuring: Waxahatchee, The Good Life, Sharon Van Etten, Dawes, Conor Oberst, The Apache Relay, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Johnnyswim, Deltron 3030 with The 3030 Orchestra, Peter Rowan’s Twang An’ Groove, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Sarah Jarosz, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Poor Man’s Whiskey (Friday morning middle school program), Hot Rize Featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, Chris Smither, Alison Brown Quintet, The Waybacks, Built To Spill, Chuck Cannon, Sun Kil Moon, Social Distortion, Jesse DeNatale, The Lone Bellow, Rising Appalachia, Dave Rawlings Machine, Red Baraat, Bad Luck Jonathan, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Shelly Colvin, Moonalice, Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin, Bruce Cockburn, Willie Watson, Lake Street Dive, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Yo La Tengo.