Planet Bluegrass Adds Iron & Wine & Neko Case To Folks Fest

Since its inception 22 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival has been about songwriters. Not constrained by genre barriers, they’ve always been drawn to true artists – songwriters who blossom and evolve, following their own unique path through the world’s musical landscape. This year they cap the single-day lineup with two unique and deeply admired artists: Neko Case, whose powerfully soaring voice has led her from alt-country torchbearer, to member of an indie-rock supergroup, to a critically-acclaimed roots songwriter and performer; and Iron & Wine, who has developed over the past 10 years from an intimate solo songwriter to the leader of a larger band that layers textures and poly-rhythms with pop, African, country, and folk sounds.

This latest round of lineup additions runs deep… Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) brings songs from his latest album, a skillful blend of raw Memphis-soul and vulnerable country-folk (free album stream).  One of their favorite Canadian songstresses Kathleen Edwards makes her 2nd appearance in Lyons with her critically-acclaimed new record (free album stream).

They are also excited about two Planet Bluegrass debuts, as the stunning 4-part family harmonies (2 brothers, 2 cousins) of English folk-rockers The Dunwells (watch radio sessionshare the Sunday afternoon with the acoustic duo The Milk Carton Kids who marry sweet brother-style harmonies with edge-of-your-seat old-timey guitar leads (free concert video).

With this announcement of the single-day lineup, single-day tickets are now onsale for each day. They are nearing the end of their allotment of 3-day passes, so don’t hesitate if you’re thinking about immersing yourself in the full weekend of inspiration. Or consider camping – spaces are still left in the onsite campground or nearby Meadow Park. Order yours now at or800-624-2422.

Watch for more Folks Festival news in the coming months, including 2 more early-day Sunday sets, the full schedule in the Wildflower Pavilion, and the 10 finalists in the Songwriter Showcase contest (entries accepted thru June 8).

With the additions of Iron & Wine, Neko Case, and several others, Planet Bluegrass is proud to announce the single-day lineup for the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug 17-19) in Lyons, CO.

Friday, August 17
Iron & Wine • Kathleen Edwards • Dawes • Justin Townes Earle • Holly Near • Caleb Hawley • Songwriter Showcase

Saturday, August 18
Amos Lee • Kasey Chambers • Darrell Scott • Elephant Revival • Richard Shindell • Girlyman • Gretchen Peters

Sunday, August 19
Lyle Lovett • Neko Case • Peter Himmelman • The Dunwells • The Milk Carton Kids • and several more still to be announced…