Earlier we started our Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Preview. Here is Day Two:
Justin Townes Earle – 1:20 – Towers of Gold Stage
The spawn of Steve Earle comes back for the second straight year, again after the release of a fantastic record to enthrall the crowd. It’s a bit surprising to see him playing so early, but it ought to be a helluva show. Last year he was one of the better acts of the entire weekend. Expect him to be such again.
The Lumineers – 2:30 – Rooster Stage
Not Bluegrass, but definitely folk. This might be one of the last times you get to see this band for free. They’re self-titled debut album is absolutely breathtaking. It is absolutely one of the top ten albums of the year and we cannot wait to see them.
Cowboy Junkies – 3:40 – Star Stage
Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Holy crap, the Cowboy Junkies? Really? Yeah it sucks that their most famous song was actually a cover of a Lou Reed song, but listening to their album and loving it was almost a requirement in the ‘90’s. This set is going to be very cool.
The Head and the Heart – 4:45 – Towers of Gold Stage
Like the Lumineers their album was absolutely brilliant. It was interesting to see the lineup when it first came out and see so many emerging indie bands on the bill and realizing that it was a free show. Part Irish folk, part acoustic rock this band will treat their fans to an epic show.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood – 5:45 – Star Stage
Perhaps the most jam bandy of any group the entire weekend, Chris Robinson, of the Black Crowes, brings his new band to San Francisco to show off a similar sound with a new crew. Want to hear some old Black Crowes stuff, maybe some of the hits, maybe some deep cuts. That being said to quote Rick Nelson, “If memories were all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck.” Truer words have never been spoken.