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The lineup for the 2015 Spring Festival is listed below. The lineup can also be viewed as a Schedule Grid if you prefer. Lastly, the lineups for previous festivals can be found in the Performer Archive.

Spring 2015

ThursdayMay 21

5:00 PMThe Easy Leaves

“Get Down” and “Keep It Country” while The Easy Leaves bring honky-tonk to the Music Meadow, in double time. Original words to original sounds, Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield’s harmoniously wayward rhythms will move you literally and figuratively. Watch their official YouTube video of Crack the Bottle to see what we mean! Get ready for a toe tapping, gal swinging good time where rockabilly and country collide, on Thursday evening.

6:30 PMChicago Farmer

Son of small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of stage time and highway miles under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city. His working class music, tilled with city streets mentality is turning heads far and wide. His latest release Backenforth, IL is filled with Guthrie-inspired songs about “finding your place in life- that sweet spot where we all belong.” If there is one place we belong, it’s welcoming Chicago Farmer to the stage! Here’s the official video for his song People N’ Places.

7:45 PMWilly Tea Taylor

Let’s give it up for singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Willy Tea Taylor! Hailing from Oakdale, California Willy spends most of his time writing, recording and touring the United States, growing his fan base along the way. No stranger to Strawberry, you may remember him as co-frontman for The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Complimenting Willy’s unique vocal style this Spring is another festival favorite, dobro player Michael Witcher. Listen to Young When I Left Home and see where Willy’s distinctive voice takes you along that old dirt road.

9:00 PMPeter Rowan's Big Twang Theory

Peter Rowan has played with the greats of bluegrass, keen on the power of collaboration. The latest configuration Peter Rowan’s Big Twang Theory is born out of new songs with dobro player Michael Witcher and bassist Paul Knight. Add to that guitar goddess Nina Gerber and Peter’s son, Michael Carter Rowan on drums and you have got a band that has come back to its bluegrass roots in search of that good ol’ country twang. Have a taste of Peter playing Doc Watson Morning and get the whole enchilada on Thursday night.

FridayMay 22

11:00 AMThe Dixie Giants

Steeped in New Orleans Jazz in the Dixieland style, The Dixie Giants are a mix of music educators, jazz students, and a wine maker in training. Hailing from Sonoma, they are said to parade the streets, whooping and playing up a storm. We can’t wait for this storm to blow in, around camp, and right onto the Main Stage. Whether it’s New Orleans classics, a Dixieland twist on modern pop/rock songs, or originals written in the traditional style The Dixie Giants will bring the energy big time! See them take to the streets and perform their tune February.

12:30 PMRay Bonneville

Setting out to capture the American imagination, Ray Bonneville is a poet musician and 4 piece band in one road wizened man. His raw energy and playing style creates an intoxicating groove; one that has a “remarkable ability to bridge blues, folk, and Americana to create his own unique sound.” Ray draws inspiration from the places he’s been, writing about characters that stumble their way through a rough and tumble world. Watch his official video of Who Do Call The Shots and you’ll see what people are talking about.

1:45 PMNew Orleans Suspects

Friday afternoon the Music Meadow will get funky with New Orleans Suspects. This super group is putting a contemporary twist on funk, rock, and R&B traditions of New Orleans music. “Mean” Willie Green percussive wizard, Reggie Scanlan laying down the bass, Jake Eckert exploring space and time on the guitar, CR Gruver playing ivory sweet keyboards, and Jeff Watkins smooth on saxophone; together they are a tight ensemble each with impressive music careers. Don’t take our word for it, watch Swampthang if you are ready to get happy.

5:45 PMDavid Myles Trio

Let's give a big round of applause for the Canadian singer-songwriter lead David Myles Trio, guaranteed to woo Strawberry crowds on Friday night! From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David effortlessly injects any song with irresistible energy. Get a taste of his timeless style by watching the video for Long Dark Night or prepare to be entertained when you see Santa Never Brings me a Banjo.

7:15 PMJulian Lage and Chris Eldridge

With a shared reverence for the acoustic guitar, Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge survey the tonal personality of instrumentation. Each accomplished players, together they are a prodigious duo with elegant style. Lage has been highly regarded in jazz music circles since childhood and Eldridge is equally noted in the progressive bluegrass world. Gifted and intuitive, you will not want to miss a single note of their Main Stage performance Friday night. Listen to them explore the unique sounds and textures of the flat-top, steel string guitar on their latest album, Avalon.

8:45 PMBonnie Raitt

More than just a bestselling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer, and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt is an institution in American music. Bonnie Raitt has defined and refined her style of blues slide guitar. She’s played with some of the best, produced numerous recordings, and appeared before countless audiences, winning 10 Grammys along the way. A top notch human being, performer, and activist, we are thrilled to welcome Bonnie Raitt to Strawberry! Prepare to get really excited when you watch her official video for Right Down The Line.

SaturdayMay 23

11:00 AMDan Bern

Armed with a guitar and his voice, singer songsmith Dan Bern is raw, topical and always honest. Likened to a blend of young Bob Dylan and old Tom Petty, you’ll see that his sound and style are uniquely his own. Join Dan Bern on a lyrical journey weaving small stories into the BIG story to kick off Saturday Main Stage. When you have a few moments to feel something painfully real that begins and ends with love, share in Dan’s Kid’s Prayer.

12:30 PMThe Dustbowl Revival

Get ready for a string-brass band mash up when The Dustbowl Revival takes the stage. Known for their roaring live sets, this traveling mini orchestra bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Hailing from Venice, California The Dustbowl Revival merges old school bluegrass, pre-war blues, and hot southern swing to form a spicy roots cocktail. Call it Swing grass or good old Americana, it’s purely joyful and infections music. Take a long cool sip of “Whiskey In The Well”.

1:45 PMAJ Ghent Band

Backed by the spirit of legends, AJ Ghent Band is fusing genres with some of the best in Atlanta. AJ and his high energy band, complete with soulful relations on backing vocals, blends the essence of funk, gospel and blues into a sound that is purely modern rock and roll. They are taking old school straight into the future with their southern forged soul, white hot funk and blazing lap steel. Watch this live video at SGMFF in Nashville and then set your reminder for Saturday afternoon.

5:45 PMEilen Jewell

Crafting a unique style that mixes her poetic ballads with swinging rockers, Eilen Jewell ranks among the best in Americana. As the reigning Queen of the Minor Key, Jewell leads a tight quartet who blends influences of surf-noir, early blues, rockabilly, and 1960’s era rock and roll. Prepare to join the horde of fans that enjoy her onstage warmth and wit when she kicks off the Saturday night set. See the “Warning Signs” of a good time.

7:15 PMAnders Osborne

Since his recording debut in 1989, Anders Osborne has written virtually all of his own material. Touring almost nonstop, it’s no wonder he is winning awards and acclaim along the way. Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, deeply emotional vocals, and expert guitar work, Osborne is a true music treasure. This chapter in the Anders Osborne odyssey reveals peace that emerges from chaos through free natural sound and driving tones. Be prepared to rock out a little when you hear him play “Burning On The Inside”.

8:45 PMSam Bush Band

There are no limits to what can happen when Sam Bush and his musical companions take the stage, such as the longest sets in Strawberry history! In every configuration, Sam Bush expands the horizons of bluegrass, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk, etc… On his latest album, Full Circle, Sam unapologetically digs into his lifelong love of bluegrass and newgrass, accompanied by his band of favorites; Scott Vestal, Stephan Mougin, Byron House, and Chris Brown. Get excited about Saturday night and enjoy some “Freight Train Boogie” with Sam Bush and friends on Music City Roots.

SundayMay 24

12:00 PMSam Baker

Sam Baker is driven to write “beautiful story songs about everyday living” that are simple on the surface, poetic underneath. His songs share his positive outlook on life and an ever-grateful attitude for essential things. There’s a bigger story that explains his perspective, but we’ll let him tell you that himself. He has a new CD out this summer entitled Say Grace and it’s bound to be a chart topper before you know it. In this video of Waves you’ll get a good feel for his sound.

1:15 PMFront Country

Tearing up the national bluegrass scene, Front Country is a collective of the Bay Area’s finest. With their crisp instrumentals and driving vocals, you will see why they are winning awards and gaining recognition at festivals nationwide. Like a finely tuned country symphony, this young and talented ensemble has a repertoire of challenging arrangements, unique covers, and original songwriting. Dig deep into the earth that grows music and taste the waters that flow “Like A River”.

2:30 PMMarley's Ghost

Longtime festival veterans, Marley’s Ghost has cemented their place in our hearts with their rich harmonies, upbeat rhythms, and knack for American storytelling. This group of talented singer/multi-instrumentalists can play anything with spot on feel, from roots to rock, blues to bluegrass, and gospel to stone country. This year they will release their latest recording, launch their multi-media performance piece “Praying For Rain: Songs & Stories of the American Farmer”, and return to Strawberry! Here is a nice example of the Marley’s versatility “Lay Down Your Weary Tune/Rollin’” on eTown.

5:00 PMDella Mae

Impressing audiences from coast to coast with their soulfully, assertive instrumentation, Della Mae has developed a brand of bluegrass all their own. These female ambassadors of American roots music have played points far and wide with the U.S. State Departments’ American Music Abroad program. Prepare to be amazed when you hear them play “Empire”. Sign up for a free download of “Boston Town” off their upcoming self titled release.

6:30 PMThe Duhks

No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music like The Duhks. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music, punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms. Of the most adventurous to come from the roots scene, they are leading the neo-folk revival. Sunday night they will be leading the Strawberry crowd in a great time. Go “Beyond The Blue” with the title track of their latest release.

8:00 PMThe Mavericks

Back to set the Strawberry Stage ablaze is The Mavericks! Since they first hit the music scene in the late 80’s they have taken the country by storm, blurring the lines between genres and gaining fans everywhere. Fast forward to 2015 and we find them producing more inspired music than ever. Their live performances are an electrifying blend of Country, Latin, swing, and rockabilly with a splash of anything goes. Get a taste of the good feeling you get from great music and watch the official video for “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”.

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