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mark123
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:51:12 AM
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As a big fan of the sub genre alt-country/Americana this is without doubt the festival from heaven. We have two of the seminal alt country bands/singers from the movement in The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams We have Steve Earle, his son and My Morning Jacket. All considered legends of the alt-country movement. Throw in Crosby Stills and Nash and this blues fest is gold for someone like me. Add to that The Pogues who I also love and Ryan Adamas who is touring our shores at the same time as Bluesfest doing solo acoustic shows and we have a great summer of gigs.
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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:21:22 PM
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Couldn't agree more- top americana line up and so looking forward to it....just add Wilco and Gillian Welch to finish off an already ace alt-country feel....
mcloud
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 3:56:22 PM
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wilco would be icing on the cake!!!
timcook123
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:35:55 AM

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And The Avett Brothers!!!!!! they are a must!!!!!

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you.

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Jaylee1
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 7:50:22 AM
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And Deer Tick, too please

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timcook123
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 11:08:39 AM

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Trampled By Turtles for a bit of Alt-Bluesgrass would be sweet too

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you.

B. Dylan
cutercomputer
Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 4:51:04 AM

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I'd never heard the terms before but the acts you refer to are certainly the acts that have me the most excited so I guess I must be an 'alt-country/Americana fan'...ya learn something every day.

So my question now is; given this new found genre that I am seemingly a fan of...can I include Seth Lakeman under its heading? I had never heard of him until I spotted him in this years first announcement...but I'm finding him quite sensational.

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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 7:07:31 PM
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ScottM
Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 10:23:05 PM
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I never liked the term alt.country, because I always took it to be a case of the indie kids needing to find an "acceptable" term so they could listen to country music. Country music is no different to any other genre, in that there's 2 types - good and bad. Americana as a term has a little more relevance I think, as I'd tend to think it is more in the vein of country/folk - old timin' music I guess. More traditional perhaps, or, dare I say it, vintage sounding?

I also don't get how Wilco still get termed alt.country. To me, they're now pretty much a mid-tempo American rock band. A mid-tempo American rock band who played a killer set in 2008 on the Thursday night, mind you. There's a case for the country tag to go on the old Uncle Tupelo stuff, but I don't really see it anymore.

In any case, some good bands amongst this thread so far. Although I could be the only one at BF 2010 who just didn't "get it" when it came to the Avett Brother. Old Crow Medicine Show handed them their heads that year I thought. That set was TNT.
repete
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 3:12:24 AM
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ScottM wrote:
Although I could be the only one at BF 2010 who just didn't "get it" when it came to the Avett Brother. Old Crow Medicine Show handed them their heads that year I thought. That set was TNT.


Yeah...same thoughts here, although they were cruelled by a shocking mix and a way overcooked bass (George Porter would NEVER allow that to happen....lol). Old Crow Medicine Show were great!

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mark123
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 10:35:38 AM
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Scott M, you have brought up a topic that has been debated for 15 odd years and will probably be debated for the next 15 odd years. There was a magazine called No Depression which had on its title “No Depression - whatever that is” There are two radio programs in Melbourne alone dedicated to alt-country, there are umpteen forums dedicated to it, there’s an Americana annual award ceremony. Call it what you want alt country, No Depression, Americana, country rock or my favourite “cow punk” to my ears there is a clear difference between traditional country music and this kind of music. Richmond Fontaine, Drive By Truckers, Lucero, Centro-matic, Neko Case are quite different to the country music you hear on CMC. Sure it’s grey and there is less difference between Americana and indie/country than there is between say a Miles Davis Jazz piece and a Mozart piano concerto. Many bands that are heavily promoted in the alt-country genre are also promoted in the indie or folk scene. Okkerville River and Gillian Welch are clear examples of this. Maybe because it’s a sub genre instead of a genre. That aside the music that is generally considered alt-country happens to be my favorite music. It’s clear that most of modern Wilco and most of modern Ryan Adams are not what one would consider alt-country. Jay Farrer has strayed much less from the sub genre. If people wish to explore more of this type of music check out the forum at this website. www.altcountrytab.ca
BTW: IMO this is the perfect alt-country (whatever that is) song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbGF2lo22Y
waffles
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 1:17:45 PM
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i would love to see the decemberists added to the 2012 bill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpnAb2KJ8n0

preferably with gillian welch.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
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Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 1:26:36 PM
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Great request Waffles - they would be sensational and made even greater by Gillian's presence. Bring on the Decemberists in April I say.
Dan...
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 12:17:36 PM
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mark123 wrote:
Richmond Fontaine, Drive By Truckers, Lucero, Centro-matic, Neko Case


yes please, yes please, yes please, yes please, yes please.

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Maccain09
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 1:18:24 PM

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I gave the Avett Bros a chance I got really excitied with all the chatter on the boards i was looking forward to seeing them. I heard January Wedding and I ran out of the Mojo as fast as i could. I thought they were one of the worst acts to ever play the fest. Sappy Sappy lyrics tween counrty garbage. Sorry.
timcook123
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 2:35:32 PM

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Maccain09 wrote:
I gave the Avett Bros a chance I got really excitied with all the chatter on the boards i was looking forward to seeing them. I heard January Wedding and I ran out of the Mojo as fast as i could. I thought they were one of the worst acts to ever play the fest. Sappy Sappy lyrics tween counrty garbage. Sorry.


You can't judge a band by just one song but.

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you.

B. Dylan
Maccain09
Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 2:46:56 PM

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I hear what your saying, but we need Wilco then left field for the remaining announcements! Not more of the same we need edge, usually fishbone get drafted in to spice things up something along those lines so we don't just have a country fest but those in charge know what the go is!
timcook123
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 7:23:55 AM

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Maccain09 wrote:
I hear what your saying, but we need Wilco then left field for the remaining announcements! Not more of the same we need edge, usually fishbone get drafted in to spice things up something along those lines so we don't just have a country fest but those in charge know what the go is!


TRUE TRUE

When you're lost in the rain in Juarez
And it's Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don't pull you through
Don't put on any airs
When you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you.

B. Dylan
mark123
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:31:54 AM
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If we add Wilco and Gillian Welch to the list as has been suggested, we could change the name from the Bluesfest to the Americana Fest. No issue here, hell why where at it, lets throw in Son Volt.
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