Though we won’t be able to see the following performers at the Wheatland Music Festival in 2021, due to its cancellation, you can read about them below and visit their websites.
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The present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time string band music, they will delight you with old-time, bluegrass, classic country and Cajun music traditions. We are looking forward to their return to our stages.
This highly esteem bluegrass band has earned a collective 28 IBMA Awards, 3 Grammy nominations plus numerous other awards. We are very excited to have them gracing our stages again.
Racines are Steve Riley, Cedric Watson, Chris Stafford, Kyle Hebert and Curley Taylor – five gentlemen who are all well-known Cajun musicians in their own right, Racines explores the varying musical traditions that call Southwest Louisiana home: Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and more. You will recognize some of these gentlemen from past appearances at the festival.
Joe Louis Walker is a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and a four-time Blues Music Award winner. A true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer and songwriter. He has performed at the world’s most renowned music festivals and earned a legion of dedicated fans.
Joe Troop is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter hailing originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Joe’s music is deeply embedded with and inspired by his activism.
Throughout the 80’s, Robert “Big Sandy” Williams put in time with several bands on the Southern California Rockabilly & Roots scene before forming Big Sandy and the Fly-Rite Trio in 1988. With an almost constant touring schedule that has taken the band many times around the globe, Big Sandy continues to be a key figure on the ever-changing Americana circuit.
Dirk Powell is a musician, writer, producer, composer, studio owner, and engineer residing in Southwest Louisiana. His roots in Kentucky and his commitment to Creole and Cajun culture have fused with early classical training to form an artistic palette and vision that are unique in today’s musical environment.
If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, then The Sweet Water Warblers are no exception. Comprised of Michigan songbirds Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erlewine, the folk trio’s organic vocal harmonies and seamlessly interwoven instrumentation leaves listeners breathless.
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on 2019’s Gypsy of Signature Sounds. By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs.
Eileen Ivers is a Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 50 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, String, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including “Gangs of New York”, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide… this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
Tenacious, innovative string musicians/percussive dancers, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry combine their Oakland, CA-based groups for a special Wheatland 2021 collaboration. This will be a homecoming for Evie, who gained her performance chops on Wheatland stages with Rhythm in Shoes. The polyrhythmic heat of her clawhammer banjo, real stories and rhythm dance have since been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Evie grew up steeped in traditional Appalachian roots music/dance, always working to reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions. In this she found a natural fit with Keith Terry & Crosspulse – part international drill team, part polycultural rhythm section, bringing together synchronized movement, lush vocals and innovative Body Music. Keith Terry is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder/Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival, and non-profit arts organization Crosspulse. For twenty years Evie & Keith have produced concerts and recordings on both sides of their creative worlds, and are excited to bridge their groups – with Erik Pearson, Bryan Dyer and Amber Hines.