When you hold your festival an hour away from a town nicknamed Music City, USA, it's no surprise that you'll recruit a portion of your lineup locally. Bonnaroo has always pulled a fair share of Nashville talent and Bonnaroo 2014 is no different. From headliners to Tent stage artists and everything in between, the lineup is stacked with part or full-time Nashvillians. Here are just a few:
While not a native Nashvillian, Music City has embraced Jack White wholeheartedly. His Third Man Records is a major downtown draw and White's work with local favorites like Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson have endeared him to the natives. So it's a proud day to see White, who has performed on the Bonnaroo undercard with three different bands, finally get to shine as one of the headline acts.
When another Nashville transplant, Ben Folds, was announced as co-performer at the 2014 BLAM! show, many assumed that we'd see Ben Folds or the Ben Folds Five on the initial lineup. When it didn't happen, fans were disappointed. But it turns out Folds will be at Bonnaroo after all. He was announced recently as part of the Friday Night Superjam headed up by Derek Trucks and featuring Taj Mahal, Andrew Bird, and Chaka Khan among others.
Bluegrass Situation Superjam
There are plenty of part and full time Nashvillians performing at the Bluegrass Situation stage and in the day capping Superjam on Sunday. Robert Ellis, Cary Ann Hearts of Shovels & Rope, Dierks Bentley, and Bryan Sutton are among the folks with serious Nashville connections who will be performing at the Bluegrass Situation Superjam. Surprises have been promised so expect to see even more Nashville talent take the stage.
A fixture anywhere there's a jam, legendary mandolin player and Nashvillian Sam Bush isn't listed on the Bonnaroo lineup, but if you want to see him, you can do so at Yonder Mountain String Band's set on Sunday afternoon. Following the departure of mandolin player Jeff Austin, YMSB has been using guest stars to fill in until they audition a new member. Not surprisingly, Sam Bush was recently named as the guest for their Bonnaroo performance. Bush was a key member of the 2013 Bluegrass Superjam and, while not currently announced, would not be a surprise as a pop in there either.
The Wood Brothers
Chris Wood of The Wood Brothers is certainly no stranger to Bonnaroo, having performed there in the past as a part of the trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood. While originating out of Boulder, Colorado, The Wood Brothers officially put down roots in Music City in 2012, recording and releasing their 2013 album "The Muse" with local favorite Buddy Miller
The Wild Feathers
Locals have been watching Wild Feathers rise through the ranks of Nashville's best and brightest club bands until their self-titled full-length debut album appeared in 2013. Suddenly it seems like every festival and outdoor concert series in the nation has The Wild Feathers on its lineup, leading some to speculate if the boys have discovered cloning technology. The Wild Feathers are on many tongues as a likely candidate for the Bonnaroo 2014 Thursday night breakout artist.
Club Stage Artists Galore
The two Bonnaroo Club Stages are the place where smaller bands prove their mettle in the biggest performance of their lives and there's a lot of Nashville on those stages. Road to Bonnaroo winners El El, Kansas Bible Company, and Blank Range, who beat out Nashville's best in a series of battles of the bands at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, will join former Road to Bonnaroo winners Fly Golden Eagle, who so impressed in their last show they were given a repeat performance. The biggest Nashville act on the Bonnaroo Club Stages is Diarrhea Planet, who have quickly become the fastest rising act out of Nashville since Moon Taxi.
Bonnaroo 2014 will be held June 12-15 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tn. In addition to the Nashville based artists listed above, you can see marquee acts from around the globe including Sir Elton John, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, The Avett Brothers, and Drive-By Truckers.