Tangled String Music Festival is coming to downtown Huntsville in two weeks. This new music festival showcases five up-and-coming acts from all over the Southeast on a stage by the trees in Big Spring Park East. There will be food trucks, craft beer and wine. The festival is Saturday, June 23rd. Tickets are $23. Gates are at 3:00pm with Music starting at 4:00pm.
The lineup features Texas songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires, no stranger to Huntsville music fans as she recently played the Von Braun Center with her husband Jason Isbell. Shires, known for her quavering voice and her ability to tell a story through song, was the Americana Music Association's emerging artist of 2017 and will headline at the Ryman in August. Shires will be at the festival this year with Lilly Hiatt, who is currently nominated as emerging artist of the year in 2018. Hiatt, the daughter of songwriter John Hiatt, has developed a unique roots sound some have called country grunge. It's hard to forget. We'll also have Nashville's rising classic country phenomenon Joshua Hedley, known as Mr. Jukebox for his uncanny ability to play any classic country track, from Johnny Paycheck to Willie Nelson, on request. Hedley's new album was just released in April on Jack White's Third Man Records.
Cedric Burnside, grandson of blues legend R.L. Burnside, will open the festival with his two-man Mississippi trance blues act. Burnside's band was nominated for a Grammy in 2015 and Burnside himself has received numerous awards for his drumming. His band recently signed with Single Lock Records in Muscle Shoals. The veteran act in our lineup is Bloodkin, a Southern rock group out of Athens, Ga., who over the last two decades has played with many of the greats and has written songs, such as "Can't Get High," which hit big for Widespread Panic.
The festival is hosted by Tangled String Studios & Yellowhammer Brewing. This is the same group that brought you three years of Spring Fest at Yellowhammers Brewery. But we've grown up, grown larger and put the focus squarely on finding the best Americana and blues acts from around the South and bringing them to downtown Huntsville. This new festival would not be possible without the generous support of numerous civic-minded businesses in and around Huntsville.
Please contact Todd Haller at Tangled String Studios for more information.