Old Settler’s Rolls Out 2020 Lineup

Tanya Tucker, Head & the Heart, Sam Bush & Jade Bird soundtrack campout

This morning, Old Settler’s Music Fest let out the lion’s share of its 2020 lineup. Indie folk mainstays the Head & the Heart and retro soul energizers Saint Paul & the Broken Bones take top billing, while everlasting country star Tanya Tucker locks in as a major attraction.

Tanya Tucker at the Nutty Brown Amphitheater in 2018 (Photo by Jana Birchum)

The Texas native, who enjoyed her first charting hit in 1972, rides a career resurgence on the heels of August’s While I’m Livin’, which earned her four Grammy nominations and featured co-production by 2019 OSMF performer Brandi Carlile. Also on the docket for the Tilmon campout running April 16-19: rootsy UK songwriter Jade Bird, Southern soul rockers J.J. Grey & Mofro, and Mississippi blues torchbearer Cedric Burnside.

What began 33 years ago as a bluegrass gathering maintains its roots with Kentucky-bred new grass pioneer Sam Bush, Boston string band Della Mae, Carolina pickers Steep Canyon Rangers, recent Grammy nominees Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, exciting guitarist/songwriter Molly Tuttle, and the incomparable musicianship of the Travelin’ McCourys. The wider folk scene, meanwhile, comes represented with the arrival of Merge Records-approved Hiss Golden Messenger, fellow North Carolinians American Aquarium, and grin-inducing songwriter Steve Poltz.

OSMF favorite Kevin Russell continues to work through a 99-year contract with the event, logging two performances with his funky roots troupe Shinyribs. Other local acts coming in red hot include dream-folk spirit guides the Deer and budding Americana superstar Charley Crockett. Old Settler’s has partnered with Austin-based international music exchange House of Songs and will give Sunday stage times to collaborations that come from its writing sessions.

Here’s a day-by-day breakdown of what’s been announced so far:

Cedric Burnside, Della Mae, Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Steve Poltz.

Saint Paul & the Broken Bones, Tanya Tucker, Jade Bird, Shinyribs, Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, Steve Poltz, Sierra Ferrell.

The Head & the Heart, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Sam Bush, Shinyribs, Travelin’ McCourys, Hiss Golden Messenger, Charley Crockett, Molly Tuttle, American Aquarium, the Deer, Hogslop String Band, Elijah Delgado.

Shinyribs, Bonnie Bishop, House of Songs, Logan Ledger.

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