The first edition of the Dogwood Arts Festival's Rhythm N' Blooms Festival featured a stacked lineup of local, regional, and national roots, roots rock, Americana, folk, and country bands. This year's lineup, set for April 1-3 at the Tennessee Theatre, the Square Room, the University of Tennessee Gardens, Latitude 35, John Black Photography in the Daylight Building on Union Avenue, Market Square, and the Knoxville Visitor's Center, might even be a little more impressive.
The official schedule hasn't been announced yet, and the lineup still has a few artists to be added, but it's already stellar, headlined by the rambunctious New York country-rock band the Felice Brothers, Nashville singer/songwriter Darrell Scott, the reunited Robinella and the CC String Band, Virginia bluegrass band Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Knoxville's own Scott Miller, veteran alt-country singer and songwriter Michelle Malone, former everybodyfields singer Jill Andrews, and Athens, Ga., power-pop trio the Whigs. They's joined by Danny Barnes, Joe Pug, Erin McKeown, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Amy Speace, Apache Relay, Ponderosa, Brooke Waggoner, Big Daddy Love, the Jompson Brothers, Rayland Baxter, Marshall Ruffin, Diamond Doves, Sara Petite, former Satellite Pumps frontman Adam Hill, Young Buffalo, the citylights, Valley Young, and Light Pilot.
"It's a true cross section of the roots music scene, encompassing everything from up-and-coming independent artists to performers who are considered the best in their fields," writes Chyna Brackeen of Attack Monkey Productions, the local company booking and promoting the festival. "The one thing that they all share in common is that they each put on an absolutely fantastic show. Festival attendees are really in for a treat. This is one of those festivals where the artist you've never heard of may end up being your favorite from the weekend, so I highly encourage everyone to sample as much music as they can over the course of the event."
Three-day passes for the festival are available at the festival website.
Here are video links for some of the performers:
• Joe Pug