Start polishing your reusable metal cup, because here comes the lineup for Pickathon 2011. Set in the fields (and woods) of the lovely Pendarvis farm, Pickathon has grown steadily over the years, but without losing the charm of its original campfire singalong days. This year's festival is set to run from August 5-7, and you better get your tickets before they sell out.
Mavis Staples | Bill Callahan | Lee Fields & The Expressions | Califone | Damien Jurado | Thao | Fruit Bats | Ray Wylie Hubbard | Vetiver | Laura Veirs | Brownout | The Wilders | The Sadies | Richard Swift | Pine Leaf Boys | The Builders and The Butchers | Danny Barnes | Sonny & The Sunsets | Whitey Morgan & The 78's | Mike + Ruthy | Black Lillies | Strand of Oaks | Elliott Brood | Bruce Molsky | Ages and Ages | Joy Kills Sorrow | Charlie Parr | Old Light | Ted Jones and The Tarheel Boys | Buffalo Killers | Pokey LaFarge | Rock Plaza Central | Truckstop Darlin' | Cahalen Morrison & Eli West | Diane Ferlatte
(Keep in mind, this is only a partial list, more bands are expected to be announced closer to the date.)
I can already imagine how great Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Screw You, We're From Texas" is going to sound live in a barn. This year's Pickathon lineup definitely offers an increased level of diversity than in previous years, most notably with headliner Mavis Staples, plus with the addition of Latin soul/funk outfit Brownout as well. Once the final lineup is announced, we'll have it for you here.