Once again, Under The Big Sky Festival outside of Whitefish, Montana has wowed us all with their lineup announcement, and it underscores once again why this is arguably the premier event in independent country and Americana. With two stages, some 20,000 fans, and a curiously excellent curation of headliners…
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There are many festivals out there now catering to independent country and Americana. But in three short seasons and amid a pandemic, Under The Big Sky Fest has quickly made the case for being the biggest and most important of all off the strength of its lineups.
Adia Victoria, Austin Tripp, Cameron Duddy, Chris Claridy, Cody Jinks, Cole Swindell, Cowboy Eddie Long, Dave Simonett, Erin Vaincourt, Evan Felker, Hannah King, Helnore Highwater Band, Hogslop String Band, Jaime Wyatt, Jeremy Ivey, Jess Carson, Lainey Wilson, Leah Blevins, Lord Huron, Luke Cutchen, Margo Price, Mark Wystrach, Michelle Rivers, Morgan Wade, Nick Shoulders, Paul Cauthen, Shakey Graves, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, The Black Pumas, Tim Helnore, Trampled by Turtles, Tre Burt, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Fest, Warren Zeiders, Zach Bryan
Some are frustrated with Jamey Johnson, wishing he would release new material. After all, his last original album was nearly 12 years ago. But he did play a new song during his stellar set at Under The Big Sky Fest. “I don’t do new songs very often,…”
It’s not that the Turnpike Troubadours were just meandering along and mired in obscurity before their hiatus in May of 2019. But clearly the distance and time away made hearts grow fonder, and has acted like a slingshot for this band from Oklahoma.
Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana this weekend has featured some amazing headliners such as the Turnpike Troubadours, Jamey Johnson, and Lord Huron. But as tends to happen wherever she appears, Sierra Ferrell is the artist many people are buzzing about.
In 2015, we couldn’t imagine artists not supported by mainstream country radio selling out arenas, and minting multiple Platinum singles without the help of Music Row. Here in 2022, Tyler Childers is considered one of the top artists in the entire country music industry, and now we have Zach Bryan.
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Carly Pearce, Gary Overton, Hailey Whiters, Jada E. Watson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Josh Abbott Band, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Hill, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Orville Peck, Paige Davis, Palomino Fest, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, tomatoGate, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Wheeler Walker Jr., Whiskey Myers, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
It’s been a host of video channels that have become significantly instrumental in helping to launch and support a throng of now successful artists that in previous eras we’d all assume would be way too niche to find significant support.
Brennen Leigh, Brian Harrington, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Frankie Zwick, Gems on VHS, Kassi Valazza, Lost Dog Street Band, Mike Vanata, Nick Shoulders, Riddy Arman, Sierra Ferrell, Under The Big Sky Fest, Western AF, Yellowstone
In what is quickly becoming both one of the biggest and most important festivals in independent country and Americana in just its third year, Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana has announced its 2022 lineup for July 15-17, and once again it’s a doozy.
American Aquarium, Cody Jinks, Emily Clark, Hannah King, Jaime Wyatt, Jamey Johnson, Lainey Wilson, Leah Blevins, Lord Huron, Michelle Rivers, Midland, Morgan Wade, Nick Shoulders, Paul Cauthen, Sierra Ferrell, The Lil Smokies, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Fest, Zach Bryan
Live music in 2021 saw its return after the worst moments of the pandemic, but only in fits and starts, with multiple postponements and cancellations wrecking many plans, yet a few important moments still going off in the windows when they could.
Billy Strings, Blackberry Smoke, Born & Raised Festival, Cedric Burnside, Cody Jinks, Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Dwight Yoakam, Hogslop String Band, Jade Bird, James McMurtry, Jamie Lin Wilson, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, MIke and the Moonpies, Mike Harmeier, Mile 0 Fest, Old Settler's Fest, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sierra Ferrell, Steve Poltz, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Zach Bryan
One thing was clearly evident after traveling to Whitefish, Montana to experience the massive Under The Big Sky Festival with its incredible lineup and expansive grounds: the independent country and roots music we all enjoy has officially arrived. This is no longer a boutique subgenre.
Badger Hound, Billy Strings, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Evan Felker, Hannah King, Hogslop String Band, Jade Bird, James Hand, Jason Isbell, Jesse Daniel, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Lilly Hiatt, Mary Meyer, Michelle Rivers, Nikki Lane, Orville Peck, Paul Cauthen, Ryan Bingham, The White Buffalo, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Whitney Rose, Yellowstone
When Childers rolled up to the Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana Sunday night (7-19) to play his first show in some 16 months, it wasn’t to warm the stage up for the big mainstream band that had blown in from Nashville in the Brothers Osborne, it was vice versa.
There are just some places where its better to see certain artists, where they are truly in their element. For Colter Wall, that ideal location would be out on the plains, or in the valley, with the mountains looming in the distance, where the cattle graze and the cowboy roams free.
Even at 64-years-old now, Dwight is still squeezing into tight jeans, and moving around on stage like he’s 17, swinging hips, thrusting his haunches behind his guitar, and spinning around on his boot heels. Dwight Yoakam doesn’t play music, he makes sweet love to it, and his voice is still caramel.