Bristol Rhythm and Roots 2012

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THE BASICS

logo WHERE:Bristol, TN/VA
WHEN:September 14-16, 2012
TICKETS: $60 3-day pass
CAMPING: No
WEBSITE: Official Site

THE SCENE

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. Every third weekend in September, State Street in historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. It digs down deep into the roots of traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights–and it all happens in the heart of The Birthplace of Country Music. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country music. It’s hardly strictly bluegrass. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does. And if you’ve never been, you’ll never know how much.

2012 LINEUP

  • A Great Disaster
  • Alli Epperson
  • Amazed by Grace
  • Amythyst Kiah
  • Angel Snow
  • Annabelle’s Curse
  • Anne & Pete Sibley
  • Anthony Keys & Chris Rose
  • Apache Relay, The
  • April Taylor
  • April Verch Band
  • Balsam Range
  • Bearfoot
  • Beth Snapp
  • Bill Mize with Beth Bramhall
  • Billy Joe Shaver
  • Bits & Pieces
  • Black Lillies, The
  • Blakley Leonard
  • Bluff City UMC – Praise Through Song
  • Box Set
  • Boxcars, The
  • Brad White’s Open Mic “All States” Comedy
  • Breaking Tradition
  • Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux
  • Buxton
  • Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
  • Calico Moon
  • Carl Anderson
  • Carrie Rodriguez
  • Charlie Engle & Megan Clay
  • Chris Thomas King
  • City and Colour
  • Comedy & Country Variety Show: The Moron Bros. & Phil Campbell of Hee Haw, hosted by Tim White of Song of the Mountains
  • Corklickers, The
  • Crooked Road Sinners, The
  • Daisi Rain
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Dale Watson
  • Dave Eggar & Deoro
  • David Mayfield Parade, The
  • David Via & The Bristol Pistols
  • David Wax Museum
  • Deep Dark Woods, The
  • Della Mae
  • Delta Reign
  • Delta Spirit
  • Dex Romweber Duo
  • Dismembered Tennesseans, The
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Dr. Dog
  • Duty Free
  • Earth By Train
  • East High Bluegrass Band
  • Ed Snodderly
  • Elephant Revival
  • Empty Bottle String Band
  • Eric Brace & Peter Cooper
  • Erin McDermott
  • ETSU Bluegrass
  • ETSU Celtic Band
  • ETSU Old Time Pride Band
  • Father Edward Richard
  • Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band, The
  • Folk Soul Revival
  • Gail Wade
  • Gerald Sheppard
  • Gibson Brothers, The
  • Girls Guns & Glory
  • Good Rocking Sam
  • Grass Cats, The
  • Ha Ha Tonka
  • Hard Times
  • Harlow Experience, The
  • Harris Brothers, The
  • Hello Stranger featuring Dale Jett
  • Hey Boys, The
  • Hollow Ground
  • Holston Mountain Boys
  • Honey Badgers, The
  • Hot Club of Cowtown
  • Humming House
  • Hundred Acres
  • If Birds Could Fly
  • Impeach Dixon
  • Jack Beck & Wendy Welch
  • James Justin & Company
  • Jay Clark & Jimmy Davis
  • Jess Nunley
  • Jim Lauderdale
  • Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • Jonny Corndawg
  • Josh Oliver
  • Josh Phillips Folk Festival
  • JP Harris & The Tough Choices
  • JP Parsons
  • JP Stallard & Neal Huff
  • JV Squad
  • Kaitlyn Baker
  • Karen Poston & Poor Valley
  • Kazoobie Kazoo
  • Kenny Vaughan
  • Kim Lyons
  • King Super & The Excellents
  • Kristen Minor
  • Last Train Home
  • Leigh Beamer
  • Lore
  • Loves It!
  • Lydia Loveless
  • Lyons, Robinette, Snapp: Girls with Guitars
  • Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues
  • Matt Flinner Trio
  • Matt Osborne Band featuring Darrell Webb
  • Mckenna Andrews
  • Megan Jean & The KFB
  • Megan McCormick
  • Milk Carton Kids, The
  • MilkDrive
  • Mountain Mission School
  • Mountain Music School String Band
  • Mountain Park Old Time Band
  • My New Favorites
  • Nomadz, The
  • Nu-Blu
  • Onward, Soldiers
  • Pam Tillis
  • Paper Bird
  • Paul Lee Kupfer
  • Pert Near Sandstone
  • Possum Creek Playboys, The
  • Rambling Rose
  • Rebekah Jean
  • Red June
  • Red Molly
  • Relacksachian
  • Republik Steele
  • Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band
  • Rex Montgomery & Mike Jessee
  • River Whyless
  • Roan Mountain Moonshiners
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Roger Rasnake
  • Ron Short & the Possum Playboys
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Sam Lewis Band ft. Kenny Vaughan
  • Sapling Grove
  • Scotty Melton
  • Shadow Drifters, The
  • Shovels & Rope
  • Sierra Hull & Highway 111
  • Sigean
  • Silas Lowe
  • Skeeter & The Skidmarks
  • Slaid Cleaves
  • Sol Driven Train
  • Spirit Family Reunion
  • SteelDrivers, The
  • Steep Canyon Rangers
  • Surprise Artists Jam
  • Susan Brown & Friends
  • Symphony Rags
  • Tara Mills with Strings Attached
  • These Undowners
  • this mountain
  • Tift Merritt
  • Time Sawyer
  • Todd Grebe & Cold Country
  • Uncle Lucius
  • Underhill Rose
  • Virginia Whirlwind
  • VW Boys, The
  • Walden Stubbs
  • Wayne Henderson & The Virginia Luthiers
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special featuring Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux / David Wax Museum
  • WDVX Tennessee Shines featuring Bearfoot & Folk Soul Revival
  • Whiskey Gentry, The
  • Wild Rumpus, The
  • William Walter & Tucker Rogers
  • Wise Old River
  • Zach Deputy
  • Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers

7 Comments

  • July 2, 2012

    anthony

    Price is getting to high! It started out reasonable but started going up every year.

  • July 6, 2012

    Nancy

    Anthony’s right, the entry fee IS getting too high. I’ve been to it three years, tho’ ,and it is still one of, if not the best, music festivals around for Bluegrass, folk and country music.
    Hint-run in the 5k on Sat morning, downtown near the festival, and you will get a pass to the festival with your race entry fee (at least, it was like that for the 3 years I went)

  • July 8, 2012

    Bob Ellis

    It’s $35 for the whole weekend if you purchase early. Purchase now for $40 for the entire festival. Over 150 bands, over 20 stages. So, about 25 cents per band. Don’t wait till the last week to buy!

  • July 8, 2012

    Phyllis Reed

    Anthony, where else can you get this much entertainment stretched out over 3 days for $40.00. I daresay nowhere! I can’t wait for this year!!!

  • July 13, 2012

    LoPay

    Wow really? Too bad those musicians have to eat and put gas in their vehicles. The ticket cost is less than a dollar an act. I would rather go to a festival like this than pay over $100 for a hat act in an arena.

  • July 28, 2012

    Brian Burke

    Just bought 3 tickets for $40 for three days! As we would say where I come from “Cheap as Chips”!!! Brilliant value. I’m traveling from Dublin, Ireland with my wife, hooking up with my son in NY and driving to Bristol. The tickets are the cheapest part of the deal!

    The best value festival I have ever come across and I can’t wait til September

  • September 12, 2012

    Firsttimer

    This is my first time @ R & R Festival. Can anyone tell me if I need to bring a chair or food, cooler, etc.?

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