The musical entertainment covers a whole landscape country and bluegrass styles. Hellbound Glory, with its instrumental dexterity, vivacious frontman, Leroy Virgil and engaging songwriting, has a hard-edged country honky tonk sound that’s been described as “stone hard country - steel guitar, heavy twang, banjo and fiddle included.” With their new album, Damaged Goods Hellbound Glory is putting their best foot forward in the form of one of the most cunning and engaging songwriting country music boasts. They describe Damaged Goods as “real country” with songs full of grit, character and problems facing rural America with guitars, drums, banjos, steel licks and Virgil’s whiskey and gravel croon always exactly where it needs to be.
The Pinebox Boys, whose song list includes humorous new renditions of old murder ballad classics like The Knoxville Girl, and Fair Eleanor as well as originals, describe their music as not exactly blue grass - more like “bloodgrass.” Their first two albums, Arkansas Killing Time and Stab combined with their third release, Child of Calamity tell the disjointed narrative of a fictitious killer named Willie and his many victims.
Hillstomp is a punk blues duo known for unique versions of traditional material as well as notable originals, including Northeast Portland 3AM, Graverobbers Blues, and Lucy’s Lament. They are widely considered to be the forerunners in the modern two-piece blues revival, along with the Black Keys, DooRag and the White Stripes.
The Brothers Comatose bring a strong bluegrass-influenced folk rock band that encourages a sing along, stomp along energy to their live shows. The band, while playing festivals like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Strawberry, High Sierra, Outside Lands, Kate Wolf and SXSW has not lost sight of their fans and the relationships that have brought them where they are.
Polecat brings its dance-friendly Americana to the Hoedown with their music that’s rooted in bluegrass but also incorporates blues, jazz, a hint of reggae and a little Celtic flavor. The Hoedown is not to be missed by fans of bluegrass, country and related genres.
Other talent that will kick-off this harvest time festival include Three Times Bad, Cash’d Out, Blackberry Bushes String Band, Rooster McClintock, Dirt Floor Band, Compost Mountain Boys, The No Good Redwood Ramblers, Way Out West and Jefferson Parson.
In addition to the music, country fun lovers will enjoy Butch the mechanical bull, vendors, a kid zone, petting zoo, good old-fashioned cake walk and everyone’s favorites, chicken poop bingo.
Tickets available at local outlets and online at Mateel.org, for $27 in advance and $30 at the door. See you there.
1. Hellbound Glory