In the past, The Forecastle Festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday, was one of the country’s most underrated music festivals and one of the South’s best kept secrets. Now, with headliners like Jack White, Beck, and Outkast, it’s become one of the country’s best summer festivals with the perfect blend of big acts and new names. And did we mention they have a whiskey lodge? Right?
This is who we’ll be seeing this weekend when Southern Living heads to downtown Louisville.
Hurray for the Riff Raff is folk artist Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her voice is a beautiful howl and her songs are for the underdog. If you haven’t listened to Small Town Heroes, you’re missing out. Check out “St. Roach Blues” below.
Spanish Gold is composed of Louisville’s Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket who teamed up with Texans Dante Schwebel of Hacienda / City and Colour, and Adrian Quesada of Brownout. Mix that kind of talent together at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Studio in Nashville and you get a groove like “Out on the Street.”
Jason Isbell, a familiar face from Athens, Georgia’s Drive-By Truckers, is at the top of his game, but it hasn’t been easy to get there. If you have the chance to see his solo work from Southeastern like the haunting “Cover Me Up,” don’t miss it.
If you like raucous, swampy soul, J.J. Grey and MOFRO should be on your list. “Country Ghetto,” “Lochloosa,” and “Orange Blossoms” — these songs are Florida-grown and This River is no exception.
Mount Moriah‘s “Lament” was one of our favorite songs to have stuck in our heads in 2011, and the North Carolina group’s new album Miracle Temple is filled with more catchy, yet cerebral Americana like “Bright Light.”
P.S. They aren’t Southern, but The Replacements will be playing a rare set on the final night of Forecastle. This kind of thing doesn’t happen everyday.
Will you be at Forecastle? Tag your tweets and Instagrams with #SLForecastle and look for me (Hannah Hayes)!