Hardly Strictly Bluegrass includes Earle, Price, Milk Carton Kids, Carll
Thursday, July 25, 2019
– The long-running and well-respected Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this year will include Steve Earle, Margo Price, Calexico and Iron & Wine, The Milk Carton Kids and Hayes Carll, it was announced today.
The 19th edition will be held at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Oct. 4-6,
Ukraine's folk-music group Dakhabrakha, Jackie Greene, veteran band Meat Puppets, soul singer Bettye LaVette and The Waterboys are also playing.
"To me, this lineup reflects our event's legacy while looking ahead to the future," said Hardly Strictly's talent buyer Chris Porter. "Steve Earle has been celebrating with us since 2002 and artists like Margo Price and Dahkabrahka are making their first Hardly Strictly Bluegrass appearances."
This first round of artists was announced today after Hardly Strictly fans were treated to what the festival calls an "artist medley" - a sneak-peak audio clip of soon to be announced artists - on the festival's social media accounts. The first lineup announce coincides with the 85th birthday of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman who created the festival in 2001 as a gift to the people of San Francisco and the world, celebrating American "roots" music and its many outgrowths.