Gate:5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
Food Vendor: TBA
4:30pm – VIP Early Entry (VIP Parking please enter the Main Taproom entrance on Old Rt 70)
5pm – General Admission Gates Open
5:30pm – VIP Dinner Seating (meet at the taproom stage – PLEASE BE PROMPT)
6pm – Jill Sobule
7pm – Hot Tuna Acoustic
8:45pm – Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys
11pm – Outdoor Stage Curfew
11pm – Sanctum Sully (Indoor Stage)
KELLER WILLIAMS and the TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS
Pick, Keller Williams’ 18th album and his debut with the first family of bluegrass, The Travelin’ McCourys, is a wonderful mixture of Keller’s easy-going Americana style and the Travelin’ McCourys’ precise mastery of Bluegrass. It is string picking rooted in Americana’s heart, exploding with energy and passion. Recorded at Nashville’s famed Butcher’s Shoppe Recording Studio in early 2012, Pick is comprised of 12 originals and covers that are sure to not just get your toes a tappin’ and knees a slappin’, but also put some groove in your step and a shake to your bake.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed as a one-man band—his stage shows are constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band. That approach, Williams explains, was derived from “hours of playing solo with just a guitar and a microphone, and then wanting to go down different avenues musically. I couldn’t afford humans and didn’t want to step into the cheesy world of automated sequencers where you hit a button and the whole band starts to play, then you’ve got to solo along or sing on top of it. I wanted something more organic yet with a dance groove that I could create myself.”
From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years — yes! — than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of Hot Tuna.
Along the way, Jorma became enamored of, then committed to, the finger-picking guitar style exemplified by the now-legendary Rev. Gary Davis. Jack, meanwhile, had taken an interest in the electric bass, at the time a controversial instrument in blues, jazz, and folk circles. Thus was created the unique (then and now) sound that was The Jefferson Airplane. Jorma even contributed the band’s name, drawn from a nickname a friend had for the blues-playing Jorma. Jack’s experience as a lead guitarist led to a style of bass playing which took the instrument far beyond its traditional role.
Jill Sobule is a Denver-born singer, songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and gypsy. Over seven albums and nearly two decades of recording, Jill has mused on topics such as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence and the Christian right.
Her recording career began in 1990 with her debut album Things Here are Different, recorded by Todd Rundgren. Her 1995 self-titled album, Jill Sobule, yielded the hit songs I Kissed A Girl (the original) and Supermodel. Since then, she has continued to record, produce and tour with an ever-growing loyal fan base. Jill is considered a pioneer in crowd sourcing, with her 2009 fan-funded record, California Years. She continues to be at the forefront of exploring and creating new models for artists in an ever-changing changing music industry.
SANCTUM SULLY (LATE NIGHT) \
Traditionally untraditional is how Sanctum Sully has described themselves since the release of their first album. With a new studio effort in hand, Trade Winds, these Asheville stringers are ready to show audiences just what that means.
By creating their own niche in the acoustic world, Sanctum Sully has gone from raw bluegrass jammers to a polished, five piece outfit that not only churns out rich, original mountain sounds during their energetic live performances, but has also been recognized as one of Western North Carolina’s best bluegrass bands. (Mountain Xpress, 2010, 2011 & 2012).