Here's a closer look at this summer's Hinterland Music Festival lineup
Country artists Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Margo Price sent well wishes to country icon Loretta Lynn during the opening night of an exhibit for her at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Lynn couldn’t attend because she was recovering from a stroke in May. (Aug. 24) AP
Hinterland roars back to rural Madison County this August, boasting for the first time three nights of leading names in Americana and indie rock music.
The festival returns Aug. 2-4 to St. Charles, where acclaimed group Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, chart-topping Irish songwriter Hozier and six-time 2019 Grammy Award nominee Brandi Carlile top the bill.
Looking for a bit more on each artist? We’ve got your covered. Read below for a breakdown of each act appearing this year at the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater.
Friday, Aug. 2
An Irish soul singer best known for dominating airwaves in 2014 with seminal single “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne announces a stop at Hinterland ahead of releasing his anticipated sophomore album, “Wasteland, Baby!” The album, out March 1, follows up Hozier’s Grammy Award-nominated self-titled debut. The singer’s unveiled a handful of extended play releases between proper album cycles, including a Mavis Staples collaboration coined “Nina Cried Power.”
Spin this song: “Nina Cried Power"
The Grammy Award-winning dime store cowgirl returns to Iowa following one of the biggest years in music supporting her third studio album, “Golden Hour.” Crossing her familiar country wit with newfound indie pop sensibilities, the Associated Press, Rolling Stone, NPR and Billboard each named “Golden Hour” among the top three releases of 2018. The album earned top honors at the Country Music Association Awards last November and competes this Sunday for album of the year at the 61st Grammy Awards.
Spin this song: “Space Cowboy”
Hailing from Minnesota, Hippo Campus returns to Iowa following a sold out performance last month at Wooly’s in Des Moines’ East Village. The group continues to turn heads in indie and electronic pop with “Bambi,” a sophomore album released last September that Billboard described as “remarkably atmospheric.”
Spin this song:“Bambi”
Earlier in the day: Soulful Americana act Jade Bird plays in support of her anticipated full-length Glassnote Records debut, due out in April. Pella native and Killers guitarist Dave Keuning brings his solo project, Keuning, to St. Charles. Keuning released his solo debut, “Prismism,” last month.
Saturday, Aug. 3
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Rural Iowa gets a taste of the Nashville sound as Isbell and his 400 Unit band return to the Hawkeye State. Previously appearing at Hoyt Sherman Place and 80/35 Music Fesitval in Des Moines, as well as Saturday in the Park headliner in Sioux City, Isbell continues to support “The Nashville Sound,” the two-time Grammy Award-winning 2017 release. The former Drive-By Truckers member and Alabama native offers a sound that dabbles in Americana storytelling and Southern rock soul.
Spin this song: "If We Were Vampires"
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Speaking of Southern soul … eight piece Alabama outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones returns following an appearance at the inaugural Hinterland in 2015. St. Paul taps into a traditional, horn-and-keys soul sound, veering slightly into funk and disco on 2018 release, “Young Sick Camellia.” On “Camellia,” NPR said listeners should “settle in and marinate in a sound that keeps getting weirder, more inventive and … more committed than ever to the pleasures of sprightly, joyous funk.”
Spin this song: “Apollo”
The Wood Brothers
Country blues take the Hinterland stage with tenured touring group The Wood Brothers. Led by brothers Oliver and Chris Wood, the group heads to Hinterland in support of “One Drop of Truth,” a 2018 record nominated for best Americana album at the upcoming Grammy Awards. The album earned favorable reviews, with American Songwriter describing it as “unique and instantly identifiable” and “tighter and more focused.”
Spin this song: "Happiness Jones"
Earlier in the day: Canadian country outlaw Colter Wall plays in support of "Songs of the Plains," his sophomore album. Bluegrass outfit The Dead South joins Wall as the second part Hinterland's Canadian constituents. Ron Gallo brings garage rock to the bill, while John Moreland offers his take on red dirt songwriting. Iowa favorites The Maytags and Adam Bruce play local support.
Sunday, Aug. 4
A force in modern folk rock, Carlile returns to headline Hinterland following a main support slot in 2015. The Washington-based songwriter made waves in 2018 with “By the Way, I Forgive You,” her sixth studio album. The release — which Rolling Stone called “righteous Americana” — earned six Grammy Award nominations, including best album, song and record.
Spin this song:“The Joke”
Hinterland announces an appearance by Rogers days following the release of “Heard It in a Past Life,” the major label debut from this Maryland-raised indie pop breakout. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Greg Kurstin (Adele, the Foo Fighters), the album debuted last week at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart. The album received mostly favorable reviews, with Rolling Stone rewarding it 4/5 stars for being “full of tuneful goodness and relatable detail.”
Spin this song:“Light On”
Indie and folk rock staple Dawes returns to the Midwest in support of its sixth studio release, “Passwords.” The Iowa regular plays Hinterland for a first time, previously appearing at Codfish Hollow in Maquoketa, Wooly’s in Des Moines and the Englert Theatre in Iowa City.
Spin this song:“Crack The Case”
Earlier in the day: Country performer Brent Cobb returns to Iowa following a 2017 appearance supporting Chris Stapleton at Wells Fargo Arena. Michigan-based The War & Treaty brings roots and soul to Hinterland. Ruston Kelly, husband to Musgraves, plays in support of his latest release, "Dying Star." The Nude Party plays throwback psychedelic rock. Iowa songwriter Elizabeth Moen opens the show.
Tickets to Hinterland go on sale Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. via hinterlandiowa.com.