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Catskill Chill Line Up Announcement

Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced the line-up for “A Farewell to Minglewood” which will take place September 18-20, 2015, in Hancock, New York. The Chillfam will come together for one last celebration at the much-loved Camp Minglewood before the event moves to a new home in 2016.

At the top of this year’s artist line-up is Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Break Science, Turkuaz, The Werks, Particle & Fam, and George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners. The festival’s headliner will be announced on Monday, June 8.

As is tradition, the Chill will feature a number of tribute sets, which are always fan favorites during the weekend. Dopapod and Turkuaz will team up for Dopakuaz plays Studio 54, Twiddle offers up their electric take on Grateful Dead tunes, and the Chillfam All-Stars will perform a Herbie Hancock Tribute, while Shwizz and FiKus join forces for ShwiKus plays the ‘80s.

Particle, the only band that has performed at every Chill since its inception, will have the honor of closing out the weekend at Camp Minglewood, bringing an all-star cast of Chillfam guest performers on stage with them for the celebration.

While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the season and this year is expected to sell out. With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minutes walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-up in 16-32 person sleep away camp-style cabins, creating decorated theme camps intermingled amongst the campers. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.

Blind Faith tickets are sold out but Early Bird tickets are currently available. Details on VIP Packages, which will be purchased separately from weekend passes, will be announced in the coming weeks.  Tickects are available for purchase HERE


Northwest String Summit 2015 Preview



Just outside of Portland, Oregon, nestled in a majestic old growth forest lies Horning’s Hideout, home to Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Northwest String Summit, a gathering of the finest pickers and grinners you’re likely to see.  Joining Yonder in the picturesque setting are legends like Del McCoury and David Grisman, modern masters Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, funksters The Greyboy Allstars, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Portland area home town heroes Fruition and The Shook Twins, east coast representatives like Town Mountain and flat picking guru Larry Keel and so many more.


While the stages fill with once in a life time sets and super jams honestly, the location itself is the most mind blowing thing you’ll experience.  Horning’s Hideout is a nature preserve, and it hosts only one or two events a year, to lessen the ecological impact and as such, any opportunity to commune with the surrounding beauty is one not to be missed.  Between the strolling peacocks, the pristine lake and the wooded hiking paths you will be hard pressed to find a better place to see live music.  There’s a natural amphitheater that faces the lake and when the lights paint their leaves and the music fills the air there’s a magic feeling that permeates the entire festival.  With a strong focus on family, there are lots of lil ones running around, with tons of activities for them to enjoy besides getting an early education in music appreciation.



Yonder takes their hosting duties very seriously, hosting workshops, sitting in with as many acts as they can, and just wandering the grounds sharing stories and love.  They help curate the line up as well, and having spent well over a decade on the scene have gotten to know so many of the finest players on the scene that they can pick most any band and know that they are bringing in friends they can count on to give their all for the musical cause.


With a stellar line up of incredible bands and players, a setting that truly defines the phrase “Natural Beauty” and a open, inviting vibe indicative of the Pacific Northwest, there is no finer way to while away a weekend than the Northwest String Summit.  See you there!


Purchase tickets HERE!

Sweetwater 420 Festival Preview


The city of Atlanta is in for a weekend of smokin’ music as the annual Sweet Water Brewing Company 420Fest is headed for their way once again with such stellar acts as the mighty Snoop Dogg, 311, The Thievery Corporation, Primus, moe., Beats Antique and many more. With everything from Rap to soul, funk, folk, bluegrass and good ol’ rock and roll, there’s something for everyone, and a wonderful chance to be exposed to new sounds and styles for all to enjoy.  Heck, they even booked a psychedelic marching band, so you know they mean business when it comes to diversity!

There’s a lot more to the festival experience than just music, in case you find yourself wanting to rest your dancing shoes for a few minutes.  A comedy tent will feature a number of nationally known stand ups and a silent disco will let those who just want to dance get their groove on.   Since the festival is brought to us by the Sweet Water Brewing Company, expect a number of stellar panels and informative interactive installations to help folks understand the brewing process, and, of course…BEER!  There are even a number of  festival only experimental creations concocted by the artisans at their brewery.

Utilizing Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, the festival has gotten into the competitive spirit and even has it’s own 5K race on April 18th!  Details HERE.  A wide variety of food and art vendors will be on hand, to feed the body and soul.  This is a city fest, so there’s no onsite camping, but you’re in one of the jewels of the south, and Atlanta is never short of rooms, restaurants and cool stuff to see before and after the shows.  So come on down and get the summer started right with a little fun in the hazey sun at the 420 Fest!

So get your tickets while the last, HERE

Full Line Up

Snoop Dog ~ 311 ~ The Thievery Corporation ~ Primus ~ Cage The Elephant ~ Slightly Stoopid ~ moe. ~ Gov’t Mule

Beats Antique ~ Cold War Kids ~ The Wailers ~ AER ~ Big Data ~ The Floozies ~ Anders Osborne ~ The Revivalists

Delta Rae ~ Wood Brothers ~ Kyle Hollingsworth Band~ Marc Broussard ~ The London Souls ~ Red Wanting Blue

March Fourth Marching Band ~ Stokeswood

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview


The 11th annual Nelsonville Music Festival is bringing an incredibly diverse line up of musical acts to it’s eastern Ohio stages this year, including The Flaming Lips, Merle Haggard, St.Vincent, Brandi Carlile, Elephant Revival and many, many more.   While most festivals find themselves narrowing their focus, the Nelsonville Music Festival has embraced a wide open strategy, destined to cause numerous once in a lifetime musical transitions. From the Flaming Lips audio /visual bombast, to authentic legend Merle Haggard’s bare bones aesthetic, pop to soul to country to transcendental folk there’s something for every taste, and plenty of new music to discover.  The fest features camping, easy access to local shops and hotels, concessions and on site vending, free admittance for children under twelve, with lots of fun activities for them to enjoy and a family friendly atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Tickets are only 130 dollars for the full weekend, with a special VIP package available as well.
Purchase tickets HERE

The 2015 line up (So far)
The Flaming Lips – Merle Haggard – St.Vincent – Brandi Carlile – Trampled By Turtles – Built to Spill

Lucero – Elephant Revival – Hurray for Riff Raff – Oblivians – San Fermin – Michael Hurley – Natalie Prass
Natural Child – Ezra Furman – My Bubba – Ryley Walker _ Sarah Neufeld – Good English – Adam Torres –

Soddy Daisy – Speaking Suns – Bummers – Dead Head Of A Man – Heatwave Dance Party

And more to be added in the coming weeks!




We Were Promised Jetpacks’ Unravelling Out October 14

We Were Promised Jetpacks will release their highly-anticipated third album, Unravelling, this fall on FatCat Records. The album, which will be released October 6 in the UK and October 14 in the US, is available for pre-order now on vinyl and CD in the FatCat Online Store.  We Were Promised Jetpacks have also announced an extensive North American tour this fall in support of Unravelling.

Unravelling Track List:
1. Safety In Numbers (stream)wwpj cover
2. Peaks and Troughs
3. I Keep It Composed (stream)
4. Peace Sign
5. Night Terror
6. Disconnecting
7. Bright Minds
8. A Part Of It
9. Moral Compass
10. Peace Of Mind
11. Ricochet
We Were Promised Jetpacks Tour Dates: 


10.17 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10.18 – Montreal, QC @ II Motore
10.19 – Toronto, ON@ Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.20 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
10.22 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
10.23 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater
10.24 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
10.25 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
10.26 – St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
10.28 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10.29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10.30 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11.01 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
11.02 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11.04 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
11.07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
11.08 – San Diego, CA @ Irenic
11.09 – Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom
11.11 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11.12 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11.13 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
11.14 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11.15 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
11.16 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
11.19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11.20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
11.21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11.22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall 

Hangtown Halloween Ball 2014 Preview

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Americana stalwarts Railroad Earth have a spooky good time planned for their fourth annual Hangtown Halloween Ball, in Placerville, California, October 24th – 26th, with three shows including an all-star “Orchestra” set, and they’re bringing friends from every musical genre along for the three day thrill ride.  Helping them haunt the stages all weekend are jam band legends moe., funk heroes The Meter Men, Leftover Salmon joined by Little Feat’s Billy Payne, ALO, The Motet and Jeff Austin not only bringing his band but also roaming the stages all weekend as part of the “Artists At Large” program, which also includes fiery fiddler Allie Kral and banjo impresario Danny Barnes.  Hangtown veterans The Dead Winter Carpenters, from Lake Tahoe, Colorado’s Mountain Standard Time, Poor Man’s Whiskey and The Brothers Comatose from San Francisco will ensure that no picking fan will go unsatisfied.



It may feel like the passing of summer brings the end of the festival revelry, but out west in California gold country, a fright filled, family friendly weekend of delights awaits to melt faces like a musical version of the end of “Raiders of the Lost Arc!” Tucked  in the rolling oak forested foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range The Hangtown Halloween Ball features multiple stages, on site camping, a robust KidZone with arts and crafts for the little ones and workshops for the adults. Musical acts from the region, like  Robert Walter’s 20th Congress out of San Diego, The Nibblers from Sacramento and Reno, Nevada favorites Jelly Bread and Mojo Green alongside regional acts like The Shook Twins and The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit will fill the air with music as the crispness of the fall air reminds us all that while winter is coming, there’s still a little time left to shake a tail feather in the sun.  A festival favorite is the annual pumpkin carving with John Skehan of Railroad Earth, whose special carving techniques are a sight to behold.

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The venue for this fine affair is the El Dorado County Fairgrounds right off the highway, in Placerville, California Sierra Mountain range. With a supermarket, literally, across the street from the main gates, this festival was made for those that always forget those trivial little items or that just want to support the local economy.  We at Honest Tune are looking forward to returning to the hangtown Halloween Ball, and look forward to sharing the sights and sounds of what’s sure to be an eerie and unforgettable weekend of music and magic under the stars.

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For tickets, lineup, artist and general information, click HERE

HT review and more photos of last year’s festival.



Kinfolk Celebration 2014

Kinfolk Celebration 2014   kinfolk2014_4.25x6_NEW_zoo   Our friends in the Yonder Mountain String Band are throwing one hell of a party at Planet Bluegrass in a couple of weeks!  With the bands regular special guests Jake Joliff and the fiery Allie Kral already making mad sparks with Adam, Ben and Dave they’re joined by super stars like John Bell of Widespread Panic, Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter of the Travelin’ McCourys, Drew Emmitt and even the Patron Saint of Festivals Vince Herman. A once in a life time set of music and mayhem is on it’s way!  With full sets by The Travelin’ McCourys, Head For The Hills and the up and coming Gipsy Moon the fun will run till the wee hours of the night.  Tickets and information available HERE     Kinfolk Poster

Greensky Bluegrass’ New Album, If Sorrows Swim, TBR September 9th



The notably divergent bluegrass band, Greensky Bluegrass is set to release their fifth studio album, “If Sorrows Swim” on September 9th.  For the excited fan base who wish to purchase the album early they may due so on iTunes via the presale that started August 28th. To purchase presale packages via Greensky Bluegrass click HERE  and to order early through iTunes click HERE!


For an Honest Tune review by Tim Newby of the new album, click HERE.



Greensky Bluegrass to Release New Album If Sorrows Swim Sept 9

DSCN1717Since their founding at the turn of the millenium, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have fashioned a dynamic, intoxicating sound rooted in classic stringband Americana while branching outward to effortlessly encompass an array of styles and techniques. Their fifth studio album, If Sorrows Swim, is to be released on September 9, 2014 and distributed nationally by Thirty Tigers.

Featuring twelve new original compositions, If Sorrows Swim is a compelling snapshot of the evocative songwriting and fluid instrumental interplay that has made Greensky Bluegrass a word-of-mouth underground sensation.

“There’s this great duality to what we do,” explains Greensky mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.” Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of the original Gibson Guitar-Mandolin factory), Greensky – which also includes dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, guitarist and songwriter David Bruzza, and bassist Michael Devol – came to acoustic music after a thorough immersion in improv-fueled rock, giving them a uniquely open-ended perspective on the genre.

“While some may see potential limitations because of our instrumentation,” Beck reflects, “a really big part of what is Greensky Bluegrass is about is to essentially ignore those limitations.” If Sorrows Swim finds the band exploring the full range of their potential, from classically hard-driving bluegrass to more expansive, exploratory passages. At the heart of it all are a set of poetic, yearning pop songs – several of which have already been introduced to the groups growing legion of diehard followers in concert.

Tireless road warriors, Greensky have emerged as a club and festival favorite, earning spots on such illustrious stages as Bonnaroo, the Austin City Limits Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. An extensive, coast-to-coast tour to support the release of If Sorrows Swim will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Track Listing
1. Windshield (P. Hoffman)
2. Burn Them (P. Hoffman)
3. A Letter to Seymour (D. Bruzza)
4. In Control (P. Hoffman)
5. The Four (P. Hoffman)
6. Worried About the Weather
7. Forget Everything (P. Hoffman)
8. Kerosene (D. Bruzza)
9. Demons (P. Hoffman)
10. Wings for Wheels (D. Bruzza)
11. Leap Year (P. Hoffman)
12. Just Listening (P. Hoffman)

Camp Barefoot 8 Hosts Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce & Dozens More


Presented by Stanlee Ventures, the eighth annual Camp Barefoot Music & Arts takes place August 21-23 in Bartow, WV. The multi-day camping festival features performances from Beats Antique, two sets each from Papadosio, Lettuce, and Kyle Hollingsworth Band with The Motet Horns performing a tribute to Motown, The London Souls, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, Brothers Past and many more.

Nestled within a beautiful meadow off the grid, Camp Barefoot’s pristine setting is a short drive from Washington DC, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Asheville. From the two main stages with no overlapping sets, to a more intimate stage within the woods, to the stage greeting campers as they arrive, there is plenty for fans to enjoy.

“We are thrilled to have a chance to build a relationship with top notch national acts but we don’t forget our main purpose of bringing independent music to light,” says Scott McLain the producer of Camp Barefoot Music Festival. “To top it off we were blessed with a beautiful meadow in WV that gives us the opportunity to create this grassroots community event!”

Tapping into the great pool of independent artists, Camp Barefoot’s mission is to exceed all expectations of what a summer festival can be.

This summer festival does exactly that with a list of performers including:
Beats Antique
Papadosio (2 Sets)
Lettuce (2 sets)
Kyle Hollingsworth Band with The Motet Horns performing a tribute to Motown (2 sets)
The London Souls
The Motet (Late Night)
Kung Fu
Dopapod (Late Night)
Zach Deputy
Brothers Past
Mike Dillon Band (Late Night)
The Heavy Pets
Hackensaw Boys
Moon Hooch
That 1 Guy x2
Consider the Source x2
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong x2
Stop Light Observations
American Babies
Big Something
The Broadcast x2
Tiny Boxes
The Hornitz
ELM x2
Jackass Flats x2
Former Champions x2
The Shack Band
Party Liberation Front: Akasha & Reinhold
Peoples Blues of Richmond x2
The Dharma Initiative x2
Murphy’s Kids
Moogatu x2
Dale and the ZDubs x2
Second Self x2
Octopus x2
Savi Fernandez Band
Jeff White & Soul Taxi x2
Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale
Herd of Main Street
Freedom Enterprise
Cloyd the V x2
The Northerners x2
Mighty Joshua & The Zion #5
Galaxy Dynamite
Higher Education
Matt Jones & The Bobs x2
Ricohcet Red
The Braes

Aside from great music, Camp Barefoot attendees can choose from an eclectic variety of food, art, craft vendors, and more. Special activities are featured in the KidZone, where parents and children can enjoy the main-stage music while playing games or creating their own art projects as festival souvenirs. Camp Barefoot also considers the environment, featuring recycling games and taking measures to reduce waste and environmental impact.

Fans can visit the webpage ( for more information & to purchase tickets. Tickets are available now on the website (