Twangfest Lineup Announced, Hits a Home Run!

Back for a fifteenth year, Twangfest, presented by 88.1 KDHX, is swinging for the fences! The non-profit music festival will bring a group of extremely talented musicians to the friendly confines of the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill from June 8-11, 2011. Twangfest celebrates Americana, rock, soul and roots music in St. Louis.

Announced yesterday via their Twitter feed and Facebook page, headliners for Twangfest include Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, Robbie Fulks with Nora O’Connor, and The Baseball Project (featuring Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon & Mike Mills). America’s best baseball fans might realize a slight change there as Mike Mills of R.E.M. will fill in for his longtime band mate Peter Buck on bass for The Baseball Project.  Many of the performers also graced the stage at this year’s Twangfest showcase at South By Southwest in Austin. You can check out videos of those performances at the Twangfest Facebook page.

Prior to the shows we’re excited to bring you reviews of the new album by The Baseball Project Volume 2: High and Inside, released March 1 on Yep Roc (something we should have already done) and the upcoming début of Jill Andrews, The Mirror, due June 7. As a note to St. Louis fans, The Baseball Project included a bonus download of two songs if you bought the vinyl copy of their recent album including a song about Cardinals star Albert Pujols titled “El Hombre.”

Twangfest promises that a new and improved website as well as ticket information and friends packs are coming soon! Don’t turn that dial and stay tuned.

Here’s the confirmed lineup that organizers announced:

Wednesday, June 8
TBA (Twangfest organizers promise it will so be worth the wait)

Thursday, June 9 – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
Eileen Rose and the Holy Wreck with “The Legendary” Rich Gilbert
Jill Andrews
Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine

Friday, June 10 – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
Robbie Fulks with Nora O’Connor
Chatham County Line
Frontier Ruckus

Saturday, June 11 – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
The Baseball Project (featuring Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon & Mike Mills)
Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3

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Music connoisseur, record collector, St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, DJ and writer wanna-be. I write about music that moves me.
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One Response to Twangfest Lineup Announced, Hits a Home Run!

  1. btrain27 says:

    In my opinion, this lineup is more “double in the gap” than “home run.” I bought a Dan Pack in ’06, ’07, and ’08. Would have loved to have gone in ’09, but didn’t want to miss one of my favorite relative’s college graduation in California. 2010 didn’t make me want to throw down for the Dan Pack, and this year makes me highly debate it. And that’s with Robbie Fulks playing, who is one of my absolute favorites. I think all of the bands that have been announced are talented, just not enough bands of “Oh sweet, can’t wait to see these guys!” I’ll probably still buy the weekend pass/package as I want to see at least one band every night, I’m just not as amped as I have been in the past. I really do think Twangfest is a great festival and I’m thankful for the great times I’ve had at it and I hope it continues to grow. Hopefully the Wednesday night lineup will push my excitement level up a notch.

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