Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Expands ‘Let The Music Play On’ Virtual Festival Lineup

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Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller and more are among the artists in Hardly Strictly Bluegrass’ second lineup announcement for its Let The Music Play On 2020 virtual festival. The online event will broadcast October 2 – 4.

The second lineup announcement also includes The War & Treaty and first-timer Amythyst Kiah. Additionally, Steve Earle will perform alongside The Halfgrass Dukes featuring Tim O’Brien and Dennis Crouch.

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While the festival founded by Warren and Chris Hellman won’t take place in its normal home of Golden Gate Park this year, some of the legendary artists in the second lineup announcement shared their love for Hardly Strictly. “I’m really grateful that we’re going to carry on in some way this gift that Warren has given to musicians, and really music lovers, everywhere,” Emmylou Harris said in a statement.

Renowned singer-songwriter and perennial Rooster Stage host Buddy Miller also shared sentiments about Hardly Strictly. Read Buddy’s words below:

I’ve been so lucky to be able to host the Rooster Stage for the last 6 years or so and invite friends and acts that I just love and think people would adore. But since there’s no festival in the park this year, we’re doing the Rooster Stage from my studio with a lot of those same people. It’s a really unique community, it’s different than any other festival I ever play. It feels so much like family. I don’t know how else to describe it but it’s sort of like going home.

To help support artists affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the festival also launched the Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund, “a $1.5 million charitable effort which seeks to recognize, appreciate, and care for the people who lend their creativity, heart, and hard work to the American roots music ecosystem in the Bay Area.”

Head here for more info on Hardly Strictly’s relief fund and be sure to check out the festival’s initial artist announcement here.

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