Folk Revival Festival Initial Lineup Announcement features headliner Deer Tick + More


September 19th - Rainbow Lagoon Park - Long Beach

The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival has announced the initial lineup on it's website at

Rhode Island Americana Outfit, Deer Tick will headline the festival and will also feature Los Angeles-Based Folk Rockers He's My Brother, She's My Sister, Kentucky-Based Blues-Roots outfit The Legendary Shack Shakers as well as The Tillers (Cincinnati, Oh), The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit (Oakdale, CA), and local acts Moonsville Collective and Sawtooth.

The rest of the lineup is set to be announced within 30 days. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to be alerted first: 

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Folk Revival Festival Returns to Long Beach September 19th

Folk Revival Festival announces the date for 2015. 

Read the press release here:

March 10, 2015, Long Beach, CA – Save the date for the third annual Long Beach Folk Revival Festival September 19, 2015 from 11am to 10pm returning to Rainbow Lagoon Park. Just across from Shoreline Village and the Marina in Downtown Long Beach, CA, this beautiful ocean front location sets the perfect stage for showcasing the best in Folk, Roots, Americana, & Bluegrass music acts.
This family-friendly festival is all about bringing the community together to enjoy a slice of “True American Music”. Once again music plucked out on a banjo or crooned over an old guitar is gaining popularity! In addition to the great music, all the fan favorites from last year are back including our signature contests, amazing gourmet food & craft beers, interactive kid’s area, our “Vintage Bazaar” shopping experience & so much more.
Ticket pricing and more information will be available soon. Please see our website for more details.




Underground Blues Artists We Think You Should Know About (No, not that kind of blues)

Not the kind of blues you're thinking of. Blues that might be more prominent now is covered enough by white baby boomers all around the U.S and beyond (nothing against white baby boomers). The guitar shredding dads are a dime a dozen, especially here in So. Cal. The way we see it, there's enough Eric Clapton cover bands and harmonica blowout festivals (If I hear another cover of Mojo Workin' i might shoot myself). We don't cover that kind of blues. Let's explore some artists out there that are doing something different and are genuine about it. 

Although it's not a secret that we love hill country blues artists like RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Fred Mcdowell, Jesse Mae Hemphill and other greats of the past, we're gonna cover the one's that are still with us.

Robert Belfour

Robert Belfour is one of the last living hill country blues men and is bad-ass. Take a listen for yourself. 

A great story I heard was about his appearance at the Muddy Roots Music Festival. Triggerman says it best, so we'll let him explain:

"If you want the best story from the 2012 Muddy Roots Festival, this one might be it. Word got out to the festival that 80-something blues legend Robert Belfour had been in a bad wreck on the highway and wouldn’t be able to perform. Right before another band took the stage as a replacement, he showed up. In a tow truck. With the tow truck driver carrying his guitar and amp. Now if that ain’t the blues, I’ll eat my hat. The tow truck driver stayed through the whole set and attended to the needs of Robert, and when he was done, chauffeured him off."

-Saving Country Music



LC Ulmer

We don't know much about 86 year old Mississippi blues player LC Ulmer, but we let the music do the talking. Take a listen.

If you wanna learn more about him, click here


Seasick Steve

Although he's not as underground as some of the other artists as he's huge in Europe but not as known here in the U.S so we figured we'd cover him anyway. He plays good blues so we appreciate that. 

Fun Fact: He produced a couple Modest Mouse albums back in the 90's. 


The Hooten Hallers

Our friends The Hooten Hallers play heavy bad-ass blues. We've had em play out here about 5 times now and I haven't talked to anyone that hasn't been blown away by them. Definitely one of the best heavy blues bands that are out there today. I turn this one up when I get tired of the police state.


Lonesome Shack

Lonesome Shack out of Seattle, WA play some great blues influenced by the hill country guys. Their last album was put out by Alive Naturalsounds who put out some of the greatest heavy blues and garage rock and roll in recent history. Kinda picking up where Fat Possum left off when they started going more indie.


Bob Log III

Gotta love Daddy Log and his slide guitar explosion. Also check out one of the big influences of the underground scene, Doo Rag which was Bob's 2 piece before he went solo spaceman.


Mr. Airplane Man

Gotta throw some ladies in there. Mr. Airplane Man was a great 2 piece blues act that started around the same time as the Black Keys. Named after a Howlin Wolf tune and here's a cover of a Fred Mcdowell tune. By the way, they haven't been playing for years but just announced that they're reuniting, so keep your eye out!


Reverend John Wilkins

There's another authentic blues artist still bringing it. You can guess which state he comes from. Let's start a blues festival with some of these guys. What do ya say?


Lazy Lester

Of all the blues that was prominent in the 50's, I love the Excello artists like Slim Harpo, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin' Slim, etc. Although most are long gone, we have one of the greats still with us and that's Lazy Lester. He lives in San Francisco now and doesn't play that often but if he comes to your town, check him out and witness some history.


Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early

Fat Possum recording artists Elmo Williams and Hezekiah Early have some bad ass stuff. So glad they're still doing it. Their music is raw, sometimes even punk rock. They're doing their thing and we love the hell out of that. Plus Hezekiah plays drums and harmonica simultaneously. Take a listen.


Charlie Parr

Minnesotan Charlie Parr plays blues influenced by the piedmont tradition ala Mississipi John Hurt. A great player, a great storyteller and a good guy. 


Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

Lady Dottie & the Diamonds hailing out of San Diego, CA mix Blues, Soul, Rock & Roll and 50's and 60's style r&b. Dottie, in her early 70's can belt out the blues with the best of em. She's also got a phenomenal band behind her but they'll admit they've fallen into a trap of getting stuck in the local club circuit. Although it helps keep a roof over their heads, they're not able to get the kind of recognition we think they deserve. We hope they can break away and find a way to get back on the road soon before the timer runs out because they bring it.

Jake La Botz

Our pal Jake is an actor, former semi-pro boxer, buddhist meditation instructor and a bad-ass blues artist. You might catch him in your town on his "Tattoo Across America Tour" where he plays only tattoo shops. Keep your eye out.


Luke Winslow King

We don't know much about Luke Winslow King other than he hails from New Orleans and has a great album out on Bloodshot Records that we're hooked on and he's got some great videos of live performances on youtube, so check him out. Thanks Dano for turning us on to him.


Valerie June

She's been workin like a man all her life. According to the song anyway. She's doing it right. Great song here as are most of her tunes.


Reverend PEyton's Big Damn Band

Hailing from Brown County, Indiana. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band brings the country-blues to stages around the world probably over 300 days a year. They are one of the heaviest touring bands I have ever witnessed. Putting in that work has afforded them a nice living and they deserve it. We appreciate all the hard work as they've gotten themselves to where they are. Plus it shows in the music. Always super tight.



Jimmy Duck Holmes

Another Mississippi blues-man. Great playing by Jimmy Duck Holmes. Go see him live while ya still can.


Left Lane Cruiser

Another band from Indiana, Left Lane Cruiser are one of the biggest supporters of Hillgrass Bluebilly. Check out the anthem "Hillgrass Bluebilly" here: Heavy, bad-ass blues.  


Ben Prestage

Great one-man band from Florida. Just take a listen. 



82 year old Leo "Bud" Welch has been playing blues for over 60 years but just released his first album in 2014. Better late than never. More real deal stuff here.



Others to Look out for:

Lou Shields, Reverend Deadeye, Catl., Ten Foot Polecats, John Shooley





Underground Country Artists We Think You Should Know About

Do you like the country music of yesteryear but cringe when you hear what's on the radio these days? Do you hurl at the thought of watching the CMT Awards? Then these 14 artists might be for you.

In no particular order:

Sunday Valley

Although they're no longer a band, we are oblivious to that fact and just consider their break up a hiatus as we think it should be revived. . You may have heard of the singer's new project, Sturgill Simpson. Take note of his electric guitar playing chops. (He's apparently related to legendary old-time folk-blues legend Dock Boggs so that might explain something).


Daniel Romano

A great singer and songwriter from Canada (we won't hold that against him). He echoes the sounds of Buck Owens and Gram Parsons but makes it his own all while keeping it authentic.



Don't let the heavy metal shirts and long beard fool ya.. Here he is with Nikki Lane doing justice to the Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn tune "After the Fire is Gone".


Rolling Nowhere

Rolling from Georgia, these guys are playing their own style of southern country music. It sounds like good times. Take a listen.



Self-penned scumbag country artists Hellbound Glory are apparently taking a hiatus now and re-branding as Leon Virgil Bowers which is the birth name of singer Leroy Virgill. We believe he's got one of the strongest voices in country music. Also, take note of the hat.




We love James' music. If he wasn't plagued with bad management and addiction problems, we think he could be a household name. We will continue to stay optimistic. Also take a listen to "I Hope She Loves You Enough (To Tell a Lie)".



Broken up but peppered with reunion shows here and there. These guys are the best you can get. Please help us in convincing these guys to keep it permanent. Now is their time. I ran into Billy Joe Shaver a few months ago and he told me to tell them to stop fooling around because they're too good to not play together.



Roger Wallace

Quality country and honky-tonk comes from Roger Wallace. We think he should tour again and become a household name. 


The Cactus Blossoms

Country Music from Minnesota? You be the judge. Here they're covering the pride of Texas.

RT N' the 44's

One of the best songwriters you'll find in Los Angeles. If you ever see him performing, just always remind him to continue to play his own songs. He can cover any song with the best of em but his own songs are where it's at.


Sam Outlaw

Another L.A-Based country artist, Sam Outlaw recruits some great players for his band as he is dedicated to keeping country music alive in Southern California and we thank him for it. 


Whitey Morgan & the 78's

If Waylon Jennings and Thin Lizzy got together and formed a band, you'd get Whitey Morgan & the 78's. Whitey always brings the hardcore honky tonk to stages around the country. 


The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit

One of the best live bands you'll ever see. Their recorded music is great as well, so take a listen. 




Side project of a badass Austin-Based heavy rock and roll band, Chili Cold Blood, The Moonhangers bring the country and they bring it right.

Tony Martinez

Phoenix-Based Tony Martinez shreds it on guitar and his songwriting ain't bad either. Take a listen.


Others to look out for:

Caitlin Rose, The Boomswagglers, Tom VandenAvond, Doug Strahan, Leo Rondeau, Ruby Force, Peewee Moore, Ray Lawrence Jr.