The spreading of roots music and the Fayetteville Roots Festival

August 21st, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The Steel Wheels

Let’s try to skip over the definition of “roots” or “Americana” music, shall we? It’s tough to pin down, frankly, and it contains many potential genres — folk, blues, country, string, etc…

Let’s instead talk about how the genre is growing. Roots music festivals are popping up all over the country, says Trent Wagler of the The Steel Wheels, a Virginia band that will play Thursday (Aug. 23) and again Friday (Aug. 24) at the Fayetteville Roots Festival.

Among the many new festivals, Wagler says Fayetteville’s is gaining momentum on the national scene, and he’ll see many friends and contemporaries during his visit. Wagler is particularly excited to see the David Grisman Folk Jazz group after his Friday night set with the Steel Wheels.

John Prine photo courtesy Jim Shea

Other acts performing include John Prine, Joy Kills Sorrow, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three and many more. Follow the jump below this post for a full schedule, which includes listings for multiple venues — Kingfish, George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville Public Library, Greenhouse Grille and four stages at the Walton Arts Center.

I talked with Wagler about previous performances in Fayetteville and roots music’s growth. You can read the story in last Friday’s What’s Up! section, if you are a subscriber to the paper or its digital products.

The Roots festival begins Thursday with a Friends of the Festival event and concludes Sunday (Aug. 26) with bands at George’s. Tickets range from $25 for a Friday pass to George’s to $249 for an all-access four-day pass.

We’ll see you at some shows.

Aug. 23

6 p.m. — Paul Sammons, Greenhouse Grille

7 p.m. — Friends of the Festival concert with Ryan Spearman, Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and The Steel Wheels at The Garner Farm

9 p.m. — Sarah Hughes and Tyrannosaurus Chicken, Kingfish

Aug. 24

7:30-9:30 a.m. — Ride with The Steel Wheels, a bike tour through Fayetteville

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — A songwriter workshop led by Johann Wagner, Fayetteville Public Library

6 p.m. — Joe Mack, Greenhouse Grille

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Chooch and the Sidehill Gougers and Charliehorse, Kingfish

10 p.m. — The Hillbenders, George’s Majestic Lounge

10:30 p.m. — Milkdrive

11:30 p.m. — Texas two-step lessons

11:45 p.m. — David Mayfield Parade

12:30 a.m. — The Carper Family

Aug. 25

8:30 a.m. — Farmers and the Market, Fayetteville Farmers’ Market

9:15 a.m. — Shannon Wurst Band, Fayetteville Farmers’ Market

10 a.m. — “Woody Guthrie’s Life and Legacy in Song” hosted by Mark Bilyeu and Adam Cox, Fayetteville Public Library

10:15 a.m. — J Wagner, Fayetteville Public Library

11:15 a.m. — Raina Rose, Fayetteville Public Library

11:30 a.m. — “Pastures of Plenty” discussion hosted by Feed Fayetteville, Fayetteville Public Library

12:15 p.m. — The Lulus, Fayetteville Public Library

12:30 p.m. — “Hard Travelin,’” a Woody Guthrie documentary, Fayetteville Public Library

6 p.m. — Hogtown Hot Club, Greenhouse Grille

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Candy Lee and the Sweets with Mad Spirits, Kingfish

10 p.m. — Tiffany Christopher, George’s Majestic Lounge

10:30 p.m. — Hoots and Hellmouth, George’s Majestic Lounge

11:30 p.m. — Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, George’s Majestic Lounge

11:45 p.m. — Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3, George’s Majestic Lounge

12:30 a.m. — Cletus Got Shot, George’s Majestic Lounge

Aug. 26

10 a.m. — Chad Elliott, Greenhouse Grille

10:45 a.m. — Shore and Cockram, Greenhouse Grille

11:30 a.m. — Robby Hecht, Greenhouse Grille

12:10 p.m. — Dave Baer, Greenhouse Grille

12:55 p.m. — David Glaser, Greenhouse Grille

1:30 p.m. — Independent musician workshop with Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines and Trout Fishing in America, Fayetteville Public Library

1:40 p.m. — Ben Bedford, Greenhouse Grille

3:30 p.m. — Fayetteville sound workshop featuring Shannon Wurst, Tiffany Christopher and Adam Cox, Fayetteville Public Library

5:30 p.m. — Joy Kills Sorrow, George’s Majestic Lounge

7:15 p.m. — Gregory Alan Isakov, George’s Majestic Lounge

8:30 p.m. — Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3, George’s Majestic Lounge


Walton Arts Center stages

Aug. 24

Roots and Branches Stage

3 p.m. — Shore and Cockram

3:40 p.m. — Matt and Guss Smith

4:25 p.m. — Chad Elliott

5:10 p.m. — Fork and Knife

Fayetteville Listening Room

2 p.m. — Clarke Buehling Trio

2:50 p.m. — David Kimbrough Jr.

3:40 p.m. — Old 78s

4:30 p.m. — Ben Bedford

5:20 p.m. — Shannon Wurst Band

Starr Theatre

2 p.m. — Effron White

2:50 p.m. — Carrie Elkin

3:40 p.m. — Raina Rose

4:30 p.m. — Still on the Hill

5:20 p.m. — Milkdrive

Main Stage

6:30 p.m. — 3 Penny Acre

7:20 p.m. — Hoots and Hellmouth

8:10 p.m. — The Steel Wheels

8:50 p.m. — Intermission

9:15 p.m. — David Grisman Folk Jazz Trio

Aug. 25

Roots and Branches Stage

3 p.m. — Teddy Sablon

3:40 p.m. — Chard Elliott

4:25 p.m. — Robby Hecht

5:10 p.m. — Greg Humphreys

Fayetteville Listening Room

2 p.m. — Emily Kaitz

2:50 p.m. — John Elliott

3:40 p.m. — Tiffany Christopher

4:30 p.m. — J Wagner

5:20 p.m. — Ryan Spearman

Starr Theatre

2 p.m. — The Carper Family

2:50 p.m. — Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines

3:40 p.m. — Trout Fishing in America

4:30 p.m. — John Fullbright

5:20 p.m. — David Mayfield Parade

Main Stage

6:30 p.m. — Joy Kills Sorrow

7:20 p.m. — Gregory Alan Isakov

8:10 p.m. — Darrell Scott

8:50 p.m. — Intermission

9:15 p.m. — John Prine