The Mavericks, Roseanne Cash,
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy,
The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Knickerbocker All Stars w/ Special Guests TBA,
The New Orleans Suspects w/ Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat,
Marcia Ball, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Shinyribs, Hat Fitz & Cara,
Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, The Pine Leaf Boys,
10 Strings and A Goatskin featuring Leonard Podolak of the Duhks,
Big Sandy & the Fly Rite Boys, Sarah Potenza & Ian Crossman,
The Turtle Duhks, Los Texmaniacs,
Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express, Woodsmith & Hersch,
Sunday Gospel w/ Sarah Potenza, Christine Olhman & Cara Robinson,
The Alex Meixner Band, and Ed Poullard & Preston Frank.
PLUS MORE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Considered by many to be one of the great and most unique American bands, The Mavericks formed in Miami, FL in the late-1980’s, eventually moving to Nashville and launching what would be an incredible career that featured hits, sold out tours and the creation of a large and loyal fan base. The Mavericks created a one-of-a-kind sound that seamlessly blended elements of rock, Latino, folk, blues, country and more. Following a nine year hiatus, The Mavericks re-formed in 2012 going on to release two more highly acclaimed studio albums and toured relentlessly bringing their exhilarating live shows to longtime fans and new generations worldwide.
Led by the mesmerizing vocals of Raul Malo, the driving swing of drummer Paul Deakin, the masterful playing of guitarist Eddie Perez and eccentric style of keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, The Mavericks have once again solidified themselves as a seminal musical force, both live and in the studio. Their unparalleled singular sound cannot be neatly confined to any one genre or demographic, and Brand New Day is yet another fresh example of just why that is.
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.
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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.
Jump blues from legends of the blues community who have found their home at the Knickerbocker, the historic venue in Westerly, RI.
Musicians include: Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Al Copley, Monster Mike Welch, Ricky Russell, Willie J Laws, Brian Templeton, Sugaray Rayford, Rich Lataille, and more!
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.
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 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!
Shinyribs is an American country-soul, swamp-funk band from Austin, Texas.
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.
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.
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 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.
Jordan McConnell (guitar), Leonard Podolak (banjo), Lydia Garrison (fiddle, banjo)
Grammy Award winners, Los Texmaniacs are the new kings of Tex-Mex . Annointed by Flaco Jimenez , Los Texmaniacs feed the masses, with only the best in musical fare. Founded by Max Baca (bajo sexto, vocals), the TexManiacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with Flaco Jimenenz, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven and even the Rolling Stones. Max has participated on eleven Grammy winning projects. Max is the premiere first call bajo sexto player in the world.
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!
Country, R&B and Blues may be the backbone of the band, but make no mistake, ‘Woodsmith & Hersch’ rock out. Powered by Woodsmith’s straight-from-the-depths vocalizing and Hersch’s finger-flying fretwork (and fortified by vintage Hammond organ tones and rhythm-ready drums) this gutsy ensemble embraces its roots yet keeps its feet firmly in the here-and-now.
Blending distinctive original songs with classic tunes that pay homage to a shared musical heritage, ‘Woodsmith & Hersch’ evoke the funky drive of Little Feat, the moving vocals of Bonnie Raitt and the instrumental prowess of the Tedeschi-Trucks Band while maintaining a firm identity of its own.
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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.
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.