2017 Artist Line Up


The Mavericks, Roseanne Cash, Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Squirrel Nut Zippers​The New Orleans Suspects w/ Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Marcia Ball, Steve Riley & the Mamou PlayboysShinyribs, Hat Fitz & Cara, The Pine Leaf Boys, 10 Strings and A Goatskin featuring Leonard Podolak of the Duhks, Big Sandy & the Fly Rite Boys, Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, The Revelers and The Alex Meixner Band.





The Mavericks


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday


The Mavericks are back at Rhythm and Roots! Founded more than 25 years ago by Raul Malo and Paul Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang have netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. There was some time off and re-jiggering of personnel, but they came back strong with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, albums that provided abundant material for a refreshed and unmatched stage show.



Roseanne Cash


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Sunday


One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. 


In her latest release, "The River and the Thread," a collaboration with husband/co-writer/producer and arranger John Leventhal, Cash evokes a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, musical and historic landscape of the American South. The album has received impressive worldwide acclaim and attained the highest debut in the Billboard charts of any of her previous albums. It received 3 Grammy Awards in 2015.




Masters of the Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy


Tickets | Playing: Sunday




The Squirrel Nut Zippers


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday


The Squirrel Nut Zippers' music is a fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz, 1930s–era swing, klezmer and other styles. They found commercial success during the Swing Revival of the late 1990s with their 1996 single "Hell", penned by Tom Maxwell.After a hiatus of several years, bandleader Jimbo Mathus along with original member Chris Phillips reactivated the band with a brand new lineup to tour in support of the 20th Anniversary of their biggest selling album, Hot.



The New Orleans Suspects w/ Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Sunday


New Orleans Suspects began playing together in 2009 as a pick-up band at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. Comprised of some of the most seasoned, highly respected players in NOLA, the group called themselves The Unusual Suspects. Their chemistry was undeniable and by the summer of 2011 they decided to tour full-time, renaming the band New Orleans Suspects. They quickly began attracting large crowds from San Francisco to New York. In five short years they’ve released four CDs and established themselves as one of New Orleans’ best supergroups.


Paul Barrere plays guitar and slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat. Paul Barrere joined Little Feat for the band's third album Dixie Chicken, and has been with the band since. Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred's mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound. 




Marcia Ball


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Saturday


The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. Marcia and her band have played the Rhythm and Roots festival over a dozen times and we are so glad to have her back for our 20th year.



Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Saturday & Sunday


Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began over twenty five years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on.  From the day they started, they have gone from strength to strength. Never before in Cajun music has a comparable wealth of skills been brought to the same table.


When all that heart and all that skill focus on the revelry of a hot two-step, then turn on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, then play something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl, you’ve found the most Cajun music you can find in any one spot. You’ve found Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Steve has attended every single Rhythm and Roots Festival and further back to festivals at Stepping Stone Ranch. There ought to be an award for that!





Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday & Saturday


Shinyribs is an American country-soul, swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas.



Hat Fitz & Cara


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Saturday & Sunday


Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.


Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.



The Pine Leaf Boys


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday


Louisiana's finest, four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Louisiana music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto. 



10 Strings and A Goatskin featuring Leonard Podolak of the Duhks


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday & Saturday


Three young men who play a high energy, modern style of Irish/Maritime traditional music and who sing and perform in both French and English. Music PEI's 2012 recipient of Roots-Traditional Album of the Year and ECMA nominees for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year and Music PEI's 2013 SpinCount Touring Artists of the Year, Nominated the 2014 ECMA Roots Trad Recoding of the Year and 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards. 



Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Saturday & Sunday


Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is a western swing/country boogie musical band from California. The band is composed of Robert Williams, alias Big Sandy, Ashley Kingman, Ricky McCann and Kevin Stewart.



Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Saturday & Sunday


Horace Trahan, the maker of the hit single, “That Butt Thing,” is a world renowned Cajun and Zydeco artist, respected for his ability to pull the hell out of an accordion and belt out vocals that will give you chills. Having over-stepped boundaries and bypassed the stereotypes of naysayers, this native of Ossun, Louisiana, has made a huge and highly anticipated comeback on the music scene!



The Revelers


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday


The Revelers are a Louisiana music group, composed of founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys. They are unique in that they play all styles of Cajun, zydeco, Swamp Pop, and Americana equally well.



The Alex Meixner Band


Tickets | Listen & Watch | Playing: Friday & Saturday


Alex Meixner’s performing career began at age 6 with his two sisters and father in an ethnic folk ensemble. From these early experiences through headline appearances at music festivals throughout the US; concert performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sandy Duncan and his own jazz and ethnic ensembles; as well as over 50 recordings, Meixner has developed a unique musical mix that appeals to a wide cross-section of audiences.


Meixner’s formative musical studies were on piano and piano accordion, but he quickly branched out on drums, diatonic button accordion, bass and trumpet, his college major. This instrumental versatility is combined with a musical background that has included intense studies and performance of jazz, classical, pop, polkas and many ethnic folk music genres with some of the leading artists in the world. His talents in music and comedy were even featured on the Tonight Show on NBC in 2004. Most recently, his “Polka Freak Out” CD with Bubba Hernandez garnered a Grammy nomination in December 2007.