APPALACHIAN ROOTS FEST
The innovative post-punk/alt-country/indie darlings top an impressively well-rounded entertainment bill that includes Larry & Jenny Keel with Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman and Acoustic Syndicate’s Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, the everybodyfields, Wrinkle Neck Mules, Black Cash, Possum Jenkins and Lost Ridge Band.
Presented as an eclectic celebration of regionally-rooted Americana music and art, the Roots Revival will also feature an exhibition of “outsider” artists, a crafters’ village, a public pickin’ tent, food vendors, themed contests, a classic car expo, and information booths manned by area non-profit organizations. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to support the efforts of Boone’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore facility.
Walt Reis, representative of festival promoter All Access Event Management, sees the Revival as a way of celebrating regional roots and showing how traditional mountain sounds have evolved and directly influenced what’s now referred to as Americana music. He claims that “Through the course of just one day, people are going to be taken on a journey from oldtime String Band music, through straight-up Bluegrass, past traditional Country, Outlaw, Folk, progressive Bluegrass, and finally Alt-Country and Indie Rock.”
Reis adds, “The day’ll be full of music and fun, no lectures at all. But it’ll be pretty darned obvious to just about everyone there that none of these genres could have been created without the initial input of our own Appalachian ancestors. Beyond just having a foot-stomping great time, that’s what the day is all about.”
Advance tickets to the inaugural Appalachian Roots Revival are $25 ($35 at the door), and can be purchased online at www.approots.allaccessem.com.