Friday, February 29, 2008

Folk Festival revises line-up


By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer

Radney Foster will play at the Northern Rockies Folk Festival on Aug. 2. Photo by

Prolific singer-songwriter Radney Foster will headline the 31st annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 2-3 at Hop Porter Park in Hailey.

The festival's line-up was recently released. The Gourds will headline on Friday, Aug. 2, with opening band Marley's Ghost. Foster will play on Saturday, Aug. 3, preceded by Marley's Ghost.

A variety of Wood River Valley-based bands will also play, including Finn Riggins, The Damphools, Cheryl Mae Grace and the Kim Stocking Band.

Foster began his career as a songwriter before finding commercial success and critical acclaim as part of the duo Foster & Lloyd.

"Half of my mistakes I made stone cold sober.

Half of my mistakes I made at closing time.

Half the time I never saw it coming 'til it was over.

Half of my mistakes I made with love on the line."

In 1991 his solo act took off. His debut, "Del Rio, Texas, 1959," had four hit singles in the Top 40. This was followed by CDs "Labor of Love," "See What You Want to See," "Are You Ready for the Big Show?" "Another Way to Go," "Then There's Me (The Back Porch Sessions)" and "This World We Live In."

Known for his gift for literate songwriting coupled with a down-home sound. Foster's songs are featured on several albums by artists including Brooks and Dunn, Gary Allan, Jack Ingram, Marc Broussard, Keith Urban, Sara Evans and Brandon Rhyder.

An Americana-alternative country and bluegrass band, formed in Austin, Texas in 1994, The Gourds have 10 albums under their belt. Huge crowd pleasers, the five-member band is widely known for its live shows, wacky sense of humor and a killer version of Snoop Dog's "Gin and Juice."

For more information on the festival go to NRFF.net.




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