Down By The River completes line-up, adding Sam Amidon and Young Rebel Set09-03-2015
Down By The River, after Neil Young's song, is set to take place this forthcoming May 3rd. The first edition of this new rootsfestival is organized in cooperation with Poppodium Grenswerk in Venlo and yours truly Sedate Bookings. The festival focusses on renewing roots and alt-country music. The name Down By The River comprises the thoughts behind the festival. Flowing like the river Maas, fresh; seeking the sharp edges. Poppodium Grenswerk is located close to the Maas and the river will also be involved in the festival. TODAY we're happy to complete the line-up with the addition of Sam Amidon and Young Rebel Set. They'll be performing alongside Hackensaw Boys, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices and Ryley Walker. Scroll down to learn more about each band that'll be performing.
The Hackensaw Boys are one of the most exiting Americana-band of the last ten year and will return this spring with a brand new album. With a good dose of rock-’n-roll these gentlemen know how to freshly twist the traditional folk- and bluegrass music. In semi-acoustic setting the formation out of West-Virginia uses fiddle, banjo, guitars, mandolin and upright bass. Also notable is the flawless singing and the absence of a drummer. No covers or traditionals only original material and these guys know how to build a party!
J.P. Harris was born in Montgomery, Alabama. His album “Home Is Where The Hurt Is” was recorded in Nashville though. On his albums we be records with his band The Tough Choices we hear pure country like we hear more and more of. Where Daniel Romano seems to reach back to Gram Parsons, Harris gets his inspiration from the country from before and takes this into a modern age. The album includes guest appearances of Los Lobos sax player Steve Berlin, Nikki Lane and Chance McCow (Old Crow Medicine Show).
Ryley Walker is the reincarnation of the True American Guitar Player. That’s as much a testament to his roving, rambling ways as to the fact that his Guild D-35 guitar has endured a few stints in the pawnshop. Swap out rural juke joints for rotted DIY spaces and the archetype is solidly intact. His personal life might be tumultuous and his residential status in question, but his bedrock is disciplined daily rehearsal and an inexhaustible wellspring of song craft.
Sam Amidon's penetrating bluesfolk is characterized by warm and sparkling acoustic sounds with light accompaniment of electric guitars and melancholic vocals. Having two parents who were active singer-songwriters, Sam Amidon was drawn towards making music at a young age. Now there is already five, wonderful, rich folk albums on his name. The fifth album "Lily-O" has just been released being described as "glowing and affectionate" on which we completely agree.
Young Rebel Set's sophomore album "Crocodile" is out on quality label New West Records and delivers a collision of rollicking folk-rock, blueeyed soul and jaunty ‘90s Britpop. It builds off their earthy folk-guitar sound into something more expansive and diverse. Formed in Stockton-On-Tees the band comprises of singer/guitarist Matty Chipchase with two sets of brothers - Andy and Chris Parmley and Mark and Luke Evans.