The wonderful Sisters Folk Festival‘s 2013 lineup will feature dozens of folk and not-so-folk acts by the time the event rolls around on the weekend of Sept. 6-8. In 2011, I had a folky experience; last year was more about the not-so.
Regardless of what you see and hear, Sisters Folk is a sublime time.
This year’s lineup started to take shape — a very vague, preliminary shape — last week when the festival announced a handful of acts coming to Sisters this summer, including Boston-based folk-jazz band Lake Street Dive, funk/soul fast-risers the Ryan Montbleau Band, horny bluesmen The California Honeydrops, veteran Nashville songwriter Amy Speace and quirk-folk sweetheart Amber Rubarth.
And the biggest name in the announcement: A return engagement from one of 2012’s revelations, John Fullbright, who is famously from Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah, Okla., and who also happens to have the songwriting talent to carry such a burden in his bio. Last year, I saw Fullbright — alone, with only his voice and guitar — silence a crowd at the festival’s typically chattiest stage without shushing them. They simply stopped and watched and listened to him play. It was amazing.
Anyway, Fullbright will be back this year and will perform with guitarist Terry Ware. Here’s the two of them playing a song called “Jericho” for the music blog The Line of Best Fit.
Find all the info you could ever need about the folk fest at its website. Keep in mind that the 2012 festival sold out in advance for the first time ever.