Hardly Strictly 8 Lineup

The artist lineup for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival #8 has been revealed. Of course, the biggest news for this year's fest is the reunion appearance of BAD LIVERS (featuring Danny Barnes). The biggest news for everybody else is Robert Plant & Allison Krauss featuring T-Bone Burnett. That's one big show we'll have to squeeze into, for sure!

The traditional bluegrass is thick this year. Earl Skruggs, Del McCoury Band, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Emmylou Harris, and Peter Rowan all return for their usual slots. Other Hardly well-knowns include Steve Earle, Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe (not necessarily together) and MC Hammer. Yes, the website says MC Hammer. Hmmm. Reminds me, I'll have to tell you about GangstaGrass in my next post.

Aside from Bad Livers, the ones that interest me the most include Bonnie Prince Billy and Los Cenzontles featuring Santiago Jimenez (tex-mex). Will also target Dave Alvin, The Waybacks, Richard Thompson, and Robert Earl Keen (w/ Barnes on banjo).

Barnes could conceivably play w/ Bad Livers (his band), Robert Earl Keen's band (does every year), The Waybacks (on occasion), The Infamous Stringdusters (who cover his tunes), and Laurie Lewis if I'm not mistaken.

Missing this year are The Knitters (damn! damn! damn!!), The Sadies (too good to be true last year w/ Neko Case), T-Bone's own electric set (saved our lives last year), Doc Watson (folks, gotta catch these legends whenever you can!!), and The Hacienda Brothers (Chris Gaffney R.I.P.). Still looks like another good one and I'll see y'all at the Bad Livers in Golden Gate Park!

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