36th Telluride Bluegrass Lineup


Telluride Bluegrass 2008 by Benko Photographics
Planet Bluegrass announces the complete single-day lineup for the 36th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, taking place during the longest days of the year, June 18-21, in southwestern Colorado. In addition to previously announced headliners David Byrne and Elvis Costello, the festival will feature the all-star collaboration of Three Girls & Their Buddy, the L.A. super-group Works Progress Administration, rising jamgrass stars Greensky Bluegrass, and much more. Camping and tickets - including single-day passes - are now available at www.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Embracing the collaborative spirit of the festival, Three Girls & Their Buddy brings together long-time friends of the festival Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Buddy Miller for a special set sharing the songs and stories that have defined their venerated careers. Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris will also be performing her own set on Sunday evening.

The new L.A. eight-piece supergroup Works Progress Administration brings together another diverse group of artists, including Glenn Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Luke Bulla (Jerry Douglas), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & The Imposters), and Davey Faragher (Cracker).

Two young bluegrass bands complete the main stage lineup. Rising jamgrass quintet Greensky Bluegrass return to Telluride, where they won the band contest in 2006. Hailing from Georgia, The Lovell Sisters (three sisters ages 17-22) bring award-winning instrumental chops, strong sibling harmonies, and a youthful sass to the Telluride stage.

For four days the Town Park stage will be filled with adventurous acoustic music extending well beyond the confines of "bluegrass" into the broader genre of "Telluride bluegrass." Since New Grass Revival introduced rock and soul songs and a jamming aesthetic to Telluride in 1975, the festival has birthed a musical family around the diversity of roots music - with numerous artists celebrating more than 25 consecutive years on the main stage.

This year's lineup introduces two new legendary artists to the Telluride family - David Byrne and Elvis Costello. For his Telluride debut, Elvis Costello will be joined by his bluegrass-influenced acoustic band The Sugarcanes. David Byrne, the innovative leader of Talking Heads and influential solo artist, comes to Telluride in support of his "electric gospel" collaboration with Brian Eno.

The 36th Annual lineup fills the spectrum of modern acoustic music: from progressive jams (Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth) to the rootsier side of indie (Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis); from soulful and insightful songwriters (Kasey Chambers, Zac Brown Band, Todd Snider) to fresh explorations of bluegrass branches (Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, The Steeldrivers, Crooked Still, The Greencards).

The festival is built around the many legendary artists who have defined the Telluride Bluegrass sound for 36 years. Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas kick things off on Thursday morning with a special duet set, while the festival concludes on Sunday night with an epic set from the Telluride House Band (Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton). Sprinkled throughout the weekend are performances from these and other virtuosic artists, including the shaman of Telluride Peter Rowan, the voice of newgrass John Cowan, and a special collaboration between Béla Fleck and Malian kora player Toumani Diabate.

In the coming weeks, Planet Bluegrass will announce schedules for the NightGrass series of late-night indoor shows as well as the intimate performances and workshops in Elks Park. The festivities continue day and night in campgrounds and condos where jam sessions have given birth to numerous bluegrass bands including Leftover Salmon.

Complete single-day lineup:

Thursday, June 18:
David Byrne * Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band * Three Girls & Their Buddy: Emmylou Haris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin & Buddy Miller * Peter Rowan * Zac Brown Band * The Lovell Sisters * Jerry Douglas & Tim O'Brien

Friday, June 19
Railroad Earth * Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes * Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate * Jenny Lewis * John Cowan Band * The Greencards * Crooked Still * Blue Canyon Boys

Saturday, June 20
Gaelic Storm * Sam Bush Band * Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson * Telluride Troubadour * Yonder Mountain String Band * Jerry Douglas Band * Punch Brothers Play & Sing Bluegrass * Greensky Bluegrass

Sunday, June 21
Telluride House Band * Emmylou Harris * Tim O'Brien * Todd Snider * The Steeldrivers * Works Progress Administration * Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue

Located within an easy day's drive of Denver, Santa Fe, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival attracts 10,000 "festivarians" from around the world to the historic mining town of Telluride, Colorado (population 2000). The town is located at the end of a box canyon, under the 14,000 foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains.


[Published on: 3/13/09]

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helpslipfire star Fri 3/13/2009 11:21AM
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BRAHnnie_lott Fri 3/13/2009 11:26AM
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or get a job and do both

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 11:30AM
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^^spitting truth

ManyRoads starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 11:32AM
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^^yeah pay $200 for a scalped ticket to hang out in some dirty ghetto parking lot and see a band who really hasn't had many great shows since 1999; or go to one of the most beautiful places on the planet and see the legends of bluegrass over a 3 day period for the same $200

don't waste your money on phish.

Entangled Minds Clothing Fri 3/13/2009 11:37AM
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Entangled Minds Clothing

Don't Waste.

soulink starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 11:44AM
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David Byrne is the answer.

dogfleas starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 11:49AM
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if you dont think this fest sounds cool your just kidding yourself.

some of the best acoustic musicians and songwriters tucked in the mountains sounds sweet to me.

DrFunkinstein Fri 3/13/2009 11:54AM
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selling my Phish tix for a week in Telluride does not sound like a bad idea. If you have never been, i would recommend it. its worth the trip for sure. Besides the festival, they have a bunch of late night shows all over t'ride and mountain village which is just a short gondola ride up the hill. too cool

SlaveTotheDarkStar starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 12:12PM
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Clearly you people haven't heard the Hamptron tapes. The boys are back.

No offense to T-ride. I love me some bluegrass.

vikingmike Fri 3/13/2009 12:14PM
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This is the greatest festival on the face of the planet. PERIOD! It doesn't get better than this backdrop for a concert. Anyone talking shit has obviously never been there. Peace to all festivarians. See you in June for the Solstice.

vikingmike Fri 3/13/2009 12:16PM
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Good advice on doing both. I will be in Asheville and Knoxville for Phish, then fly back to San Diego, then drive to Telluride. Ahh, what a 2 weeks it will be. Summers off. That's why being a teacher is the best.

boiser69 Fri 3/13/2009 12:24PM
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^^^DrFunkenstein....Ill take those Phish tix.

bluefox starstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 12:25PM
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So I was at all 3 Hampton and dig Telluride Bluegrass but just don't get why people are comparing these two... I mean would you compare Scotch and Tequila? Fat Tire vs. Merlot? Velvet Underground vs. John Coltrane?

That said does anyone think it's just a bit weird that Byrne is headlining a Bluegrass festival? I know Telluride thinks out of the box and Byrne is one of my favorite musicians but I just don't hear ANY bluegrass in his music...

vikingmike Fri 3/13/2009 12:37PM
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Telluride normally has a few acts that are non-bluegrass related. That's part of their catch. Elvis Costello isn't bluegrass, but he's there. 85% of what's there is bluegrass.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 01:00PM
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Telluride is gorgeous and there are some great artists playing but to me this years lineup is kinda blah.

BIGDOOBIE Fri 3/13/2009 02:33PM
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^^^hey helpslipfire. Congrats on the ignorant quote of the day. Telluride is gorgeous and if your a bluegrass fan it's pretty much the greatest place on earth. Not to mention Byrne and Costello headlining the first 2 nights??? The lineup is sick, the setting is sick, the scene is sick. So if your trying to "save your money for phish", you're definetely missing out.

noreika823 Fri 3/13/2009 02:50PM
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now thats one hell of a fest

mickrod420 Fri 3/13/2009 03:12PM
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best fest ever. Went to 14 major festivals last spring-->summer. This one was THE BEST. These peeps are serious.

Broesau Fri 3/13/2009 04:22PM
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Telluride is like heaven on earth in the summer time.

Shouldn't that be HelpSlipFranklins? just sayin.

Parsonsgoggles starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 05:47PM
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You are kidding yourself if you think hanging with wookies in a parking lot can compare to the majesty of TELLURIDE in June.

Parsonsgoggles Fri 3/13/2009 05:49PM
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Actually, I would encourage the ignorant to: PLEASE save your money for Phish!!!!!

helpslipfire star Fri 3/13/2009 06:03PM
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That the same weekend as Phish is playing Post-Gazette Pavilion in pa.me and alot Ignorant people will be there ,so wake up please,goggleboy.

mateotee Sat 3/14/2009 09:42AM
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The "boys" aren't back, folks. The middle-aged men cashing in on reliving their twenties are coming around, though.

beatnugget Sat 3/14/2009 09:46AM
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Just cause you ride the coat-tails of Phish doesn't mean you demonstrate your awareness of good music. This fest looks great, bluegrass in the hills, a few days of relaxing in the mountains sounds like the ticket. I wish I could. I advise you to do what your parents did, get a job sir!

Cottell Sat 3/14/2009 11:53AM
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Phish rocks and so does telluride. Everybody just shut the f**k up. Bunch of babies ...

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/15/2009 07:38AM
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Phish in PA over Telluride??? I love Phish, but that is a ridiculous comparison.

stealin Sun 3/15/2009 06:38PM
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Personally I don't think David Byrne is the answer here. Whatevs. Oh I guess they had to attract people to go for Thurs. Whatevs. Go to Phish instead, hmm, fallow your hearts people.