GARY CLARK JR.

2012 Headliner

Headliner for the inaugural Heartbreaker Banquet , Gary Clark Jr., has been one of the most buzzed about artists in music since his Warner Bros. EP release in 2011. Clark’s full-length debut was released October 22nd, 2012 to rave reviews, and has garnered him endorsements from legendary artists Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and BB King. In 2014, Gary Clark Jr. won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance.

“Every generation has its chosen one and right now, this is Clark’s time.” - Entertainment Weekly 

 

 

JIM JAMES 

2013 Headliner

Jim James, jam-band heart-throb and front man for My Morning Jacket, has emerged as a powerful solo artist with his 2013 album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. Since his debut release, James has shared the stage with folk legend, Bob Dylan, and has performed on David Letterman, receiving widespread acclaim for this folk gem. He is currently completing a tour in support of the new record, as he continues to find success under his own name.

 

J. Roddy Walston

2014 Medicine Stage

For J. Roddy Walston & The Business― formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee―embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit.

 

SHOVELS AND ROPE 

2012 and 2013 Medicine Stage

The husband and wife alt-country duo from South Carolina continue to make headlines since their first full-length album entitled O’ Be Joyful (Dualtone) debuted at number one on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart in 2012. Hand picked by Jack White to support a number of shows on his most recent tour, Shovels & Rope relentlessly travel the country building their budding reputation as one of the best live acts on the road. In May of 2013, the band received their biggest accolade yet, receiving 4 nominations from the Americana Music Association for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Emerging Artist of the Year, and Duo of the year.

USA Today’s , Brian Mansfield, (who was recently diagnosed with cancer) included O’ Be Joyful on a list of five albums “that make me want to live.”

 

 

PHOSPHORESCENT 

2012 and 2013 Medicine Stage 

Matthew Houck is the mastermind behind Phosphorescent’s electro-folk genius. With six studio releases under this 2001 moniker, Houck is no stranger to success. His most recent release, Muchacho, has gained critical acclaim, peaking at 59 on the Billboard 200. Its lead single, “Song for Zulu”, was recently named #4 on the Time’s Best 25 Songs of 2013. With opening spots for Mumford and Son’s during their most recent tour, Houck continues to expand in notability and popularity, making this the most successful Phosphorescent release yet. 

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MICHAEL KIWANUKA

2013 Medicine Stage

Since his 2012 debut release, Home Again, London-native Michael Kiwanuka has experienced an unprecedented amount of success. This soulful, root-infested album promptly won BBC’s Sound of 2012 award, as well as receiving a nomination for 2012’s Mercury Prize. Michael’s gold-certified release reached #1 in the UK and broke the US’s Billboard 200. Having already opened for acts like Adele and Mumford & Sons, Michael has already established himself as an impressive and influential force in the soul-music scene, quickly gaining a loyal fan base and world-wide critical acclaim.

 

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LUCIUS

2014 Medicine Stage

Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, addictive hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls Lucius “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs” and Paste hails the group as “blissful.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison – two voices as one – uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad round out the stylish, Brooklyn-based quintet. Lucius’ debut album Wildewoman is available worldwide.

 

FATHER JOHN MISTY

2012 Medicine Stage

Father John Misty’s 2012 release, Fear Fun (SubPop), debuted just after his performance at the first ever Heartbreaker Banquet. The album is consistently mentioned by critics as a should-be- candidate for Album of the Year (2013) and reached number 2 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart.

 

 

 

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

2013 Chapel Stage 

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra but in many ways it's much more than that: it's a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you're listening to her new album 'Small Town Heroes,' odds are you're part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you. "It's grown into this bigger idea of feeling like we're really associating with the underdog," says Segarra. 

 

VALERIE JUNE 

2013 Chapel Stage

In the self-described style of “organic moonshine roots music,” Valerie Jones has found a unique musical identity in her seamless combination of gospel and Appalachian folk. Laced with a Bluegrass and Southern-soul nostalgia, June’s songwriting is a sweet nod to past greats with a modern twist. Her debut album, Pushin’ Against a Stone, features guest collaborators like the Grammy-winning R&B prodigy Booker T. Jones, as well as Dan Auerbach of Black Keys. Ms. June experienced high acclaim for the album, continuing to top charts world-wide.

 

THE FELICE BROTHERS

2014 Medicine Stage 

The Felice Brothers started their career in 2006 playing in the New York City subway. The Guardian's Amy Fleming says, "...[T]he Felices are an authentic outlaw-country band: shifty, tight-knit, broke, anarchic, righteous, hilarious outsiders who live life to the full and then sing songs about it. Their murder ballads, tales of woe and barnstorming drinking ditties are by turns funny, rousing and heartbreaking." The Brothers have been compared to the Band, Bob Dylan, and Woodie Guthrie.

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SHAKEY GRAVES

2014 Chapel Stage

NPR Music named him as one of 10 national artists music fans “should’ve known in 2012,” and KUT’s David Brown has called him “unclassifiably original. And frighteningly good.” His self-produced and released debut album, Roll The Bones, garnered him immediate praise, and he's been premiering more and more material every year since then.

Additional past acts include: Blitzen Trapper, Jenny O, Rhett Miller, Daughter, JD McPherson, The Mastersons, Shakey Graves, Spirit Family Reunion, Arum Rae, Houndmouth, Samantha Crain, Jonny Burke, Will Johnson, Riley Downing and the Tumbleweeds, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Joe Pug, The Lonesome Heroes, Ana Egge, and Diamond Rugs.