We get it; you’re all psyched for Bonnaroo. Camping, music, irresponsible behavior—you’re set to experience those four days of musical heaven. The only problem is that there are so many new acts; how could you possibly choose what new musical acts you can experience to satisfy your aural palate? No worries; Elmore‘s got your back with our list of new and lesser-known acts you need to check out.
These guys came up from Athens, Ga., with their special brand of country-rock. Mix in some pedal steel riffs, some feedback and some sweet harmonies, and you’ve got country music that dips its feet into rock and psychedelia.
Even though Baxter grew up around Bob Dylan and Justin Townes Earle (his father was a multi-instrumentalist for artists like Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams and others), he never really dreamt of being a rock star himself. Now he’s touring with acts like the Civil Wars and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Get your dose of bluegrass with this duo. McCoury is a veteran of the genre, with five decades of bluegrass music under his belt. Bush, known as the “King of Telluride” and the “King of Newgrass,” has won big with the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association, among others. Both trained in the tradition of bluegrass, Bush and McCoury have expanded the genre through their music.
Right now, it’s all about that bluesy folk-rock that has bands like the Black Keys selling albums and winning fans. Check out the Two Gallants for that bit of folk-rock you need during your festival adventures. The Two Gallants recently released The Bloom and the Blight in 2012.
McLaughlin sits on plenty of “greatest guitarists of all time” lists. Taking his cues from a wide range of influences McLaughlin’s music fuses jazz with rock and some Indian influences. His latest album, Now Here This, was released last year.
Originally started as Dive, a project of Beach Fossils member Zachary Cole Smith, this Brooklyn-based band released its debut album, Oshin, last summer and has been touring and hitting up festivals ever since.
This band does music just like they did in the good ‘ole days. They’ve got the melodies, the three-part vocal harmonies, the straight-up dual guitar leads and the groove that comes with that old school rock ‘n’ roll. These Canadian rockers have already impressed fans in the Great White North, and the proof stands: they won three JUNO Awards last year for their self-titled album. They’re heading pretty far south for this fest, so you should definitely treat yourself with a Sheepdog set.
While this female duo has plenty of attitude and rock ‘n’ roll style, Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy actually met in a crochet class in L.A. But don’t judge them for it; with a guitar, a drum kit and two wild voices, these girls kick through all of their shows with spirit, spunk and a kick-your-face-in musicality.
Bonnaroo will take place in Manchester, Tenn., on June 13-16. For more information on Bonnaroo, check out the website.