Old Settler's Music Festival returns to the grounds of the Salt Lick Pavilion on April 18 - 21 for the 26th anniversary of this Hill Country-based folk fest. Single day tickets and wristbands are on sale now for the four-day event that has already announced part of what is shaping up to be an impressive 2013 lineup.
Last year, Old Settler's surprised folk fans and widened its reach with the inclusion of indie headliner Iron & Wine. Though the 2013 festival will include some pop/funk crossover acts — Bob Schneider and Michael Franti will play — it also includes a power-packed lineup of modern roots/Americana stalwarts playing not-to-miss shows.
Here are our picks for the best bets at the 2013 Old Settler's Music Festival.
After the break up of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy parted ways forming Son Volt and Wilco, respectively. Wilco built a sound coated in a radio-friendlier persuasion; Son Volt remained tied to the origins of Uncle Tupelo's more rugged roots. Son Volt's signature gravely sound — the essence of which is captured in Farrar’s voice — harkens back to hot, dry haunting summer days.
Son Volt, "Windfall"
Justin Townes Earle
Justin Townes Earle pays homage to the lyrical simplicity that father Steve Earle and namesake Townes Van Zandt made accessible decades before him, while staying true to his own cosmopolitan sound. He bridges the often wide Nashville-New York gap with a version of what could be described as "hipster-infused" Americana that incorporates horns, bluesy licks and classic session-style keys.
Justin Townes Earle, "Slippin' and Slidin'"
Carolina Chocolate Drops
With the Carolina Chocolate Drops you'll find a reinterpretation of traditional folk music from the '20s and '30s. The band juxtaposes go-to elements of folk styling — banjo, fiddle, harmonies — with modern music elements — electronic beats and accents — for a sound that is as grounded in Southern sensibilities as it is in modern inspiration.
Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Country Girl"
The Gourds' brand of alt country has been filtering through Austin and surrounding locales since 1994. While you might know the band for its clever country-fide cover of "Gin and Juice," behind the comedy is a true Texas musical tradition that fits perfectly into the free-spirited country backdrop of Old Settler's.
The Gourds, "I Want It So Bad"
Old Settler's Music Festival will take place April 18 - 21 at the Salt Lick Pavilion.