AmericanaFest Day Four

See what vibes we soaked up this day

Photo: LTTL

AmericanaFest 2019

Day 4 – Sound Stage and Stage Sound

Grassroots Music Tour

Images: Jim Jacob

Words: Rob Dickens

Logan Ledger and T Bone Burnett

The internationally-syndicated radio program Acoustic Cafe presented an interview and performance with Logan Ledger and T Bone Burnett at Sound Stage Studios.

Produced by 13-time Grammy winner Burnett, the Nashville-based Ledger’s new EP I Don’t Dream Anymore provides an interesting re-visioning of some classic country style and older songs. With Burnett playing guitar on all of the tracks, the EP finds Ledger backed by guitarist/pedal steel player Russ Pahl, guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne), and bassist Dennis Crouch (Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton).

Off The Record With Brian Wise

The AmericanaFest edition of the long-standing Australian radio show Off The Record again provided great insights and music performances. The show’s award-winning host Brian Wise was joined by feted singer/songwriter/guitarist Anne McCue.

Guests today included Dee White, Joshua Hedley, Molly Tuttle, Steve Poltz, Corb Lund, Little Georgia, The Weeping Willows, Anana Kaye and Irakli Gabriel, Louella and Logan Ledger.

All Photos: LTTL

Official Showcases – 3rd and Lindsley

The sound was perfect for all four acts.

Bobby Rush – Photo: LTTL

Blues/funk legend Bobby Rush is celebrating a few milestones as his new album Sitting On Top Of The Blues hits the decks. A recording career that spans 67 years and almost 400 records, this 85 year-old- dynamo shows little signs of slowing down. A consummate band and an irrepressible cheeky stage show honed to perfection. The legend continues.

Whitey Johnson aka Gary Nicholson – Photo: LTTL

I have written about Gary Nicholson before. You can read a short but packed bio and our review of his recent twin album release HERE. Tonight he was in Whitey Johnson mode, with a full band that included the stellar guitarist Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings). The set list contained some new songs (“Soulshine”, “More Days Like This”, “Friction”, “Skin Deep”) and some older fare (“Memphis Women and Fried Chicken”). A pleasure to finally to see Whitey live.

Sean Ardoin – Photo: LTTL

‘Kreole Rock and Soul’!! Sean Ardoin turns zydeco on its ear and pumps up the rhythm and volume to provide a unique high energy hybrid. Raised in Lake Charles Louisiana, this two-time Grammy nominee has zydeco in his blood with a deep-running lineage. An exciting and fun show.

Jon Cleary – Photo: LTTL

Another Louisianan. The great Jon Cleary, who is rooted deep in the music DNA of New Orleans was up next with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen (Cornell Williams on bass and A.J. Hall on drums), is always a delight. The songs included his new album title track “Dyna-mite” and many old faves “When You Get Back”, “Boneyard” and “Unnecessarily Mercenary”.


See what vibes we soaked up this day

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