Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reuion's annual poster art unveiling has become a tradition during the festival's line-up announcement. Over the years, Bristol Rhythm's festival posters have become collectors items, and artists like Charles Vess, P. Buckley Moss, and April Street have all contributed their talent for the annual poster. The latest winning poster and an equally winning artist lineup have been announced.
This year the festival held a competition to find artwork for 2012 with overwhelming results. More than 30 entries were received from as far away as Richmond and Memphis. But it would be a local artist who would take home the prize - $250 and the use of their design in Bristol Rhythm's media campaign. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2012 Annual Poster is currently on sale for $10
Graphic Designer Bobby Starnes of Kingsport, TN contributed this year's winner. He is not only a talented designer, but a local musician who plays the festival as well. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion would like to congratulate Bobby and thank everyone who participated in the contest.
"There were so many brilliant entries, the selection process was very difficult," states Bristol Rhythm Marketing Director Charlene Baker. "After narrowing down the choices, the eye just kept getting drawn to this one. Fortunately we were able to recruit some of the artists who submitted to lend us their artwork for other posters and t-shirts. Our Wise Concert Series at Big Glade and Border Bash posters were taken from those finalists."
Booking for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion can be likened to hours spent rifling through vinyls, rewinding and fast-forwarding cassettes, in painstaking creation of the ultimate mix tape. Be it a magnum opus, fraught with significance, or a collection of glorious, feel-good refrains best enjoyed at maximum volume, a truly great mix (tape, or CD, or digital playlist) is, in essence, a labor of love. Very often it's the unfamiliar gems, intertwined with venerable favorites, that make the compilation so epic that that it must be shared.
Each year Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion embodies the perfect mix tape, live, without Memorex. It showcases the artists we know and love, and turns us on to fresh new talent. It's the roots festival with an independent spirit, and this year's line-up is unprecedented in its originality.
"Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion strives to be unique," says festival Executive Director Leah Ross. "Our Music Committee is comprised of individuals who bring a lot of knowledge of traditional and modern genres of roots music. They also have great respect for The Birthplace of Country Music and the heritage of our region. This year's line-up is unexpected, and will appeal to a wide range of audiences."
Headliners include Robert Earl Keen, one of America's finest storytellers, and internationallly acclaimed singer/songwriter City and Colour, who once sold out Britain's Royal Albert Hall in a matter of hours. Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush, Grammy nominee Billy Joe Shaver and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Pam Tillis also get top billing.
Fans of indie and alternative roots heart Delta Spirit, maybe you've seen them on Conan or Carson Daly; the band can also cross Coachella and Lollapalooza off its bucket list. Festival favorite Dr. Dog returns, chaperoning some of the country's hottest up-and-coming acts, including Zach Deputy, Hey Rossetta!, and Rolling Stone's "Best New Artist" Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleeves, and the Deep Dark Woods get honorable mention in this arena.
The Dex Romweber Duo, formerly of iconic seminal rockabilly/garage punk bad Flat DuoJets, has been cited by Jack White, Cat Power and Neko Case as a major influence. This will be Romweber's debut in The Birthplace of Country Music and, beyond a doubt, be a show-stopper.
In the bluegrass world, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Gibson Brothers, The SteelDrivers and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are applauded as precision instrumentalists who's achievements are too many to mention. IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, Ann & Pete Sibley and renowned fiddler and stepdancer April Verch are food for the genre's soul.
Critically acclaimed alt-country/Americana chanteuse Tift Merritt has landed on Top 10 lists in Time Magazine and The New Yorker, an exciting addition to the Bristol Rhythm line-up. Last year Carrie Rodgriguez lent her talents to our Carter/Rodgers Revival, this year she commands the stage on her own.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2012 takes place September 14-16 on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA, The Birthplace of Country Music. The festival houses 5 outdoor stages, a dance tent and 16 indoor venues with nearly 150 artists. Weekend Passes to the event are $40 through August 31st.
The complete Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2012 line-up is as follows, artist line-up is subject to change without notice: Robert Earl Keen, City and Colour, Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Delta Spirit, Dr. Dog, Pam Tillis, Billy Joe Shaver, Tift Merritt, The SteelDrivers, Carrie Rodgriguez, Dale Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dex Romweber Duo, Red Molly, The Gibson Brothers, The Black Lillies, Zach Deputy, Chris Thomas King, Hey Rosetta!, David Mayfield Parade, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Bearfoot, Sol Driven Train, Slaid Cleeves, Dale Ann Bradley, Kenny Vaughn, David Wax Museum, Deep Dark Woods, Boxcars, Ann & Pete Sibley, Hot Club of Cowtown, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, April Verch, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Elephant Revival, Pert Near Sandstone, Balsam Range, Dale Jett & Hello Stranger, Zoe Muth, Grass Cats, Ha Ha Tonka, Folk Soul Revival, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, Della Mae, The ETSU Old Time, Celtic & Bluegrass Bands, Shovels & Rope, Girls, Guns and Glory, Spirit Family Reunion, Johnny Corndawg, Sam Lewis Band, James Justin & Co., Delta Reign, JP Harris & Tough Choices, MilkDrive, Lydia Loveless, Megan McCormick, Buxton, Angel Snow, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Onward, Soldiers, Josh Oliver, Todd Grebe & Cold Country, Whiskey Gentry, VW Boys, Ed Snodderly, Uncle Lucius, If Birds Could Fly, These Undowners, Wise Old River Alli Epperson, Amazed by Grace, Amythyst Kiah, Annabelle's Curse, Anthony Keys & Chris Rose, April Taylor, Beth Snapp, Bill MIze & Beth Bramhall, Blakley Leonard, Box Set, Breaking Tradition, Cahalen & Eli, Calico Moon, Carl Anderson, Corklickers, Crooked Road Sinners, Daisi Rain, Dale Watson, Dave Eggar, Dismembered Tennesseans, Duty Free, Earth by Train, Eric Brace & Last Train Home, Erin McDermott, Fiddlin' Carson Peters Band, Fifthstring, Gerald Sheppard, Girls with Guitars, Good Rockin' Sam, Hard Times, Harlow Experience, Harris Brothers, Hey Boys, Holston Mountain Boys, Humming House, Hundred Acres, Impeach Dixon, JP Parsons, JP Stallard & Neal Huff, Karen Poston & Poor Valley, Kim Lyons, Kristen Minor, Leigh Beamer, Lore, Matt Flinner, Matt Osborne Band featuring Darrell Webb, Meghan Jean & the KFB, The Milk Carton Kids, Mountain Music School, Mt. Park Old Time Band, My New Favorites, NuBlu, Paper Bird, Possum Creek Playboys, Rambling Rose, Rebekah Jean, Red June, Relacksachian, Republik Steele, Rex Montgomery w/Side Two, Roan Mountain Moonshiners, Roger Rasnake, Ron Short & The Possum Playboys, Sapling Grove, The Shadow Drifters, Sigean, Skeeter & The Skidmarks, Slow Motion Trio, Susan Brown & Friends, Tara Mills with Strings Attached, These Undowners, This Mountain, Time Sawyer, Underhill Rose, Virginia Whirlwind, William Walter & Tucker Rogerss line-up is unexpected, and will appeal to a wide range of audiences.s achievements are too many to mention. IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley, Ann Pete Sibley, Hot Club of Cowtown, Sierra Hull