The Bluegrass Situation and BGS-UK return for a second year to The Long Road with the creation of the BGS Songwriters Cafe on Sunday, September 8. The three-day festival, set for September 6-8 in Leicestershire, England, takes place at Stratford Hall. (Ticket information available here.)
Continuing the long tradition of great listening room venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Troubadour in Los Angeles, and The Gaslight in New York, BGS will bring together some of today’s best roots songwriters from the US, Canada, and the UK, culminating in a one-of-a-kind in-the-round session, swapping stories and songs. Artist lineup and more details will available soon on the BGS-UK Facebook page.
The Long Road Festival will feature performances by Rhiannon Giddens, Asleep at the Wheel (making their first full-band appearance in the UK in more than 10 years), The Cactus Blossoms, Charley Crockett, Sam Outlaw, The Steel Woods, and John Paul White, as well as some of the leading UK country, Americana and roots artists including The Hanging Stars, CoCo and The Butterfields, Jake Morrell and Peter Bruntnell. A number of mainstream country artists will also appear.
The Long Road’s Creative Director, Baylen Leonard stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to share what we have in store for year two of The Long Road. After such a warm embrace by Country and Americana fans in year one, we got straight to work on the line-up and experience for this year and it promises to be even better. Top notch artists, hands on experiences, and great food, all in a world created just for music fans really is something special. I can’t wait for the gates to open.”
In addition to BGS-UK, the following organizations are returning with festival partnerships: The Birthplace of Country Music, which showcases the role that Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia played in the birth and development of country music; The Americana Music Association UK; and independent UK label Loose Records. These organizations will bring artists to the festival to showcase the broad array of talent across the global country, Americana and roots music scene.
Learn more about the festival at www.thelongroad.com.