Emmylou Harris, M. Ward & Shakey Graves Among 2023 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Lineup Additions

New supergroup The Third Mind will make their live debut at the free festival held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

By Scott Bernstein Sep 7, 2023 8:13 am PDT

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass organizers detailed a fourth batch of artists set for the event’s 2023 lineup including Emmylou Harris, M. Ward and Shakey Graves. The free, three-day festival returns to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco September 29 – October 1.

The Lone Bellow, The Teskey Brothers, Bombino, Syd Straw, Hermanos Gutierrez, The Third Mind, Eilen Jewell and The SticklerPhonics have also been added to the 2023 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup. Organizers also announced a tribute to Doc Watson’s 100th birthday featuring Mitch Greenhill, Jack Lawrence, Nora Brown and Stephanie Coleman. “Some special guests” are expected to participate in the set honoring the late bluegrass icon.

New supergroup The Third Mind will make their live debut at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The ensemble put together by guitarist Dave Alvin and Camper Van Beethoven bassist Victor Krummenacher also features guitarist David Immerglück (Counting Crows, Monks of Doom, Camper Van Beethoven), drummer Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, Better Than Ezra, John Cale) and vocalist Jesse Sykes (Jesse Sykes And The Sweet Hereeafter).

“Keeping with their attitude of fearless, seat-of-their-pants aesthetics,” Alvin said in a statement, “The Third Mind feel honored and ready (if more than a little nervous) for the challenge of playing their first live show in front of several thousand people at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. The band believes that the always open minded, eclectic Hardly Strictly audience will become a member of the ensemble that will inspire and guide the band’s spontaneous performance.”

“We’re beyond stoked and a little nervous to make our live debut at HSB. It’s way overdue that we see what we can do on stage and I can’t imagine a better, more supportive vibe for,” added Krummenacher.

The acts revealed as part of the fourth round announcement join a lineup that already included Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Rufus Wainwright, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Lilly Hiatt, Sierra Hull, Neal Francis, Bahamas, Valerie June, The Travelin’ McCourys and many others. View the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2023 lineup as it currently stands below:

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