Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2018 – Line-Up Revealed

See who’s playing at the 2018 Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol VA/TN

Old Crow Medicine Show – photo Rob Dickens


Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2018

Bristol Virginia/Tennessee

Performers Announced


The annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival began in 2001 and has been under the umbrella of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum since December, 2012.   The Festival generally hosts over 130 bands/performers on twenty stages in the streets and alleyways of downtown Bristol during the third weekend in September.

Attendance has grown to approximately 45,000.  Among its many accolades the Festival has been named as one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Tours and Festivals”, and has won a Grand Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association.  The town of Bristol is officially recognised as the Birthplace of Country Music where The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers were first recorded in 1927.  That event is known as The Big Bang of Country Music and Johnny Cash has stated that it is the single most important event in the history of country music.  There is plenty of musical diversity at the Reunion and the rich musical history of the town adds even more to the vibe and importance of this event.  Bristol also forms a key part of The Crooked Road music heritage trail.

Listening Through The Lens found the town in 2013 and covered the Reunion in 2016.  See various links below.

Visit The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Read Our Coverage of Rhythm and Roots Reunion 2016


A small number of Reunion performers was announced last December.  Here’s the full line-up:


Old Crow Medicine Show
Railroad Earth  Taj Mahal Trio
The SteelDrivers  Marcus King Band  Twin Peaks  Barns Courtney
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver  Asleep at the Wheel  Ruen Brothers
Dale Watson & His Lonestars  Old 97’s  The Waybacks
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen ft. John Jorgenson & Mark Fain

The War & Treaty  Low Cut Connie  Sierra Hull  Seldom Scene  Acoustic Syndicate
Balsam Range  Larry Keel Experience  Blue Highway  The Cleverlys
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams  Molly Tuttle  Folk Soul Revival  Amythyst Kiah
Bill & The Belles  The Whiskey Gentry  Carson Peters & Iron Mountain
The New Familiars  Goodnight, Texas  Mt. Joy  The Commonheart
The New Respects  Annabelle’s Curse  C2 & the Brothers Reed  Mile Twelve
The National Reserve  The Pigeon Kings  Birds of Chicago  Lilly Hiatt
Ed Snodderly  Blank Range  The Wooks  Devon Gilfillian  Zephaniah OHora
Sean McConnell  Beth Snapp  Virginia Ground
Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys  The Last Revel
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers  Breaking Grass  High Fidelity The Amanda Cook Band
Cordovas  Daddy Duo  Revel in Dimes  Tony Williamson  Missy Raines & the New Hip

Annie Robinette  Trisha Gene Brady  After Jack  The Church Sisters  Sally & George
JP Parsons & The American Bandwagon  McKay & Leigh  DownTown Abby & The Echoes
Ancient Cities  Andrew Alli  Circus No. 9  Hello, Stranger ft. Dale Jett Fritz & Co.  If Birds Could Fly
Guy Marshall  Young Mister  Adam Bolt & The Bevy  Adam Lawson  Andy Buckner
Andy Ferrell Trio  The Baker Family  Bella Raye  Ben Gilmer  Billy Crawford Band  The Boys
Breaking Tradition  Buffalo Fiasco  Chris Jamison  Cookin’ With Grass  The Corklickers
Dan Deel  Daniel Miller & the High Life  Duty Free  Empty Bottle Stringband  ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band
ETSU Old Time Pride Band  The Floorboards  Folk Alt.  Gary Reid  Glen Harlow & North Fork
Gracie Lane  The Green Fingers  The Honey Badgers  Indian Run Stringband  Indighost
Jackdaw’s 7  Jake Quillin Band  James Meadows  Jason “Hoss” Hicks & His Southsiders
Joy Blair  Justin Crider & The Usual Suspects  Kristy Cox Trio  Lodi  Loose Leaves
The Maggie Valley Band  Mark Brinkman  Marshall Ballew  Milan Miller  Monster Atlantic
My New Favorites  Possum Creek Playboys  The Pythia  Rex Montgomery & Mike Jessee
Rhythm & The Roosevelts  Ron Short & The Possum Playboys  The Royal Hounds The Sammy Guns Band
Saw Black  Scotty Melton  Sigean  Soulfinger  Southern Cities  Tim Easton  Todd Day Wait’s  Pigpen Trifecta of Jam


  Tickets Here


We are returning this year!  The Trifest Music Tour 2018 will journey from Nashville to Bristol for the Reunion.

You can join us here, as well as embrace the Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville Tennessee and the Roots n Blues n BBQ festival in Columbia Missouri.

Find out about joining the TriFest Music Tour – two places left


See who’s playing at the 2018 Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol VA/TN



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