River Town 2018 announce Steve Earle among second wave of acts


11 April 2018




American rock and country music legends Steve Earle & The Dukes are among the second wave of artists announced for River Town Festival in Bristol this summer.

The festival, which features the best in Americana from country, blues and rockabilly to bluegrass, is returning for the fourth year in a row thanks to Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol.

Steve Earle joins a programme that already includes giants of the genre Graham Nash and Roseanne Cash. Earle will play the O2 Academy on Wednesday, July 18th.

He not only has 16 albums under his belt since breaking through as a country artist in the early 1980s, but has had his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. Singles such as Guitar Town, Copperhead Road and Goodbye’s All We’ve Got Left showcased his unique voice to audiences well beyond the country charts.

His appearance with The Dukes and supported by The Mastersons at the O2 Academy should be a highlight of the festival.

Also announced today are alt-country star Kelly Willis, who will play the Redgrave Theatre on Monday, July 23rd,  and blues/funk duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, who will bring their funky blues to The Louisiana on Tuesday, July 10th.

One of Bristol’s quirkiest venues, the Loco Klub underneath Temple Meads, will get the dust shaken out of its tunnels when rockabilly/swing specialists Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys, supported by Charley Crockett, bring their all-energy live set there on Wednesday, July 18th.

For the full River Town programme see the Colston Hall website.

Todd Wills, Head of Programme at Colston Hall, said: “It’s great to be able to announce this second wave of acts which will add to the rich choice of Americana styles and influences within the festival.

“River Town is an event which matches some superb artists, both established icons and some up-and-coming acts, with the city’s unique music venues. We’re looking forward to audiences getting to hear some great music at its best.”

Phil Johnson, Senior Programme Producer at St George’s Bristol, said: “St George’s is a great place for intimate performances of the best in acoustic music of all kinds and we’re thrilled to be hosting artists of the stature of Graham Nash and Rosanne Cash for this year’s River Town. The development of the festival – now in its fourth year – has been one of the major successes of our partnership with Bristol Music Trust and Colston Hall, and it’s gratifying to see it go from strength to strength.”

Already announced alongside Graham Nash and Roseanne Cash are al-country artist John Moreland, husband and wife duo The Grahams, up-and-coming solo artists Emily Barker, Holly Macve and Jade Bird and Montreal’s Barr Brothers.

To keep up to date with the latest festival updates follow @Colston_Hall and @stgeorgesbris on Twitter and @ColstonHall and @stgeorgesbris on Facebook.

For Graham Nash, Roseanne Cash, Emily Barker/Holly Macve and Jade Bird, and John Moreland tickets go to www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk or call 0845 4024001.

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