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Time to make your picks for Hardly Strictly

September 27, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 27--Friday

--Noon. Jesse Dee

The young R&B singer-songwriter's latest album, "On My Mind / In My Heart" is one of the best we've heard all year, informed by the soul music he grew up listening to on his local oldies radio station in Boston.

1:15 p.m. Jesse DeNatale

2:35 p.m. Seldom Scene

4:15 p.m. Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band featuring Yunchen Lhamo

--5:45 p.m. Bonnie Raitt

The nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is riding the "Slipstream" of her 2012 release, on which she delivers her low-slung blues with more conviction than ever.

Noon. Manchester Orchestra

1:15 p.m. Freakwater

--2:35 p.m. Low

The Minnesota indie rockers, who recently caused a minor blog commotion when they covered Rihanna's "Stay" for charity, can still captivate with their slow-motion tunes.

--4:15 p.m. Father John Misty

John Tillman offers cracked, witty folk songs about life in Southern California, including soon-to-be-cult classics such as "I'm Writing a Novel" and "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings."

5:45 p.m. Calexico

Noon. Jake Bellows

1 p.m. The Cave Singers

2:10 p.m. The Felice Brothers

3:20 p.m. The Evens

--4:30 p.m. First Aid Kit

The Swedish sister act, which has earned endorsements from Conor Oberst and Jack White, sings in perfect harmony on songs that pay tribute to traditional American folk music and country royalty (just listen to "Emmylou").

5:45 p.m. Conor Oberst

Saturday

11 a.m. Supermule

12:10 p.m. Paul Kelly

1:25 p.m. Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

--2:40 p.m. Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys

With the Waterboys on their first American tour in six years, singer Mike Scott and fiddler Steve Wickham step aside to perform a stripped-down set of classics including "Fisherman's Blues" and "Whole of the Moon."

3:50 p.m. Joy Kills Sorrow

4:50 p.m. Martha Wainwright

6:05 p.m. Sturgill Simpson

11 a.m. Spirit Family Reunion

12:10 p.m. Alison Brown

1:25 p.m. Tim O'Brien with Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub

--2:45 p.m. Holler Down the Hollow -- A Hardly Strictly Salute to the Masters

Dawn Holliday, who puts the festival bill together every year, tells us not to miss this all-star jam session celebrating the bluegrass greats who inspired the whole shindig. Who are we to argue?

4:25 p.m. The Jerry Douglas Band

5:45 p.m. Steve Earle and the Dukes

11 a.m. Kat Edmonson

12:05 p.m. The Handsome Family

1:20 p.m. G. Love and Special Sauce

2:40 p.m. Elvin Bishop

--4:05 p.m. The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal

You might know her best for her television roles in "Sons of Anarchy" and "Married ... With Children" (and "Futurama" too) but Katey Sagal got her legs singing backup for Bette Midler and Bob Dylan. In anticipation of her first new album in nine years, "Covered," she performs at the festival with her crack band of live players.

5:35 p.m. The Flatlanders featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock

11 a.m. The Go to Hell Man Clan

Noon. Buddy Miller

and Jim Lauderdale

--1:25 p.m. Mark Lanegan

The former frontman for the Screaming Trees (approximately the third or fourth best Seattle grunge band) sounds a lot more subdued these days with his most recent album, "Imitations," featuring his eerie takes on standards such as "Autumn Leaves" and "Mack the Knife."

2:45 p.m. Loudon Wainwright III

4:05 p.m. Patty Griffin

5:30 p.m. Robert Earl Keen

11 a.m. LP

12:30 p.m. Jon Langford and Skull Orchard Acoustic/Freakons

2:10 p.m. Dave Alvin with Greg Leisz

--3:55 p.m. Boz Scaggs

Having spent the past year on tour in support of his album, "Memphis," Scaggs makes his first official solo Hardly Strictly appearance bringing along decades of blue-eyed soul hits.

--5:45 p.m. Natalie Maines

The former Dixie Chicks singer is back with a rocking solo album, "Mother," with the title (a Pink Floyd cover) serving as a literal description of her career turn after recording her last album with the group, 2006's "Taking the Long Way."

11:40 a.m. Sonny and the Sunsets

--1:20 p.m. Bettye LaVette

The powerhouse soul singer is celebrating more than half a century in the business.

3:05 p.m. Nick Lowe

4:45 p.m. Los Lobos Disconnected

Next Sunday

11 a.m. The Deep Dark Woods

12:10 a.m. Della Mae

1:25 p.m. Evolfo Doofeht

2:40 p.m. The Warren Hood Band

3:55 p.m. Pieta Brown

5:10 p.m. Tift Merritt

6:20 p.m. Robert Ellis

11 a.m. Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue

12:05 p.m. Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

--1:25 p.m. Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

Martin and his banjo were a crowd favorite when they played the festival a few years back. They return with vocal support from Edie Brickell, best known as the slinky singer for late '80s folk-pop group the New Bohemians.

3:05 p.m. Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

--4:25 p.m. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

One of the last first-generation bluegrass men standing, Stanley has been at it since the mid-'40s, giving the genre classics such as "Little Maggie" and "Man of Constant Sorrow."

5:45 p.m. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

11 a.m. Shovels and Rope

12:05 p.m. Moonalice

1:25 p.m. The Brothers Comatose

2:45 p.m. The Devil Makes Three

4:10 p.m. Trampled

by Turtles

5:45 p.m. The String Cheese Incident

11 a.m. Tumbleweed Wanderers

12:05 p.m. Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin

1:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham

*2:35 p.m. Kate McGarrigle Tribute with Martha and Sloan Wainwright

Canadian folk icon Kate McGarrigle succumbed to clear-cell sarcoma in 2010, and her family has worked hard to preserve her legacy since. Daughter Martha (younger sister of Rufus Wainwright) and her aunt Sloan (younger sister of Loudon Wainwright III) are on hand to perform a tribute set along with some special guests.

4:25 p.m. Buddy Miller

5:45 p.m. The Wood Brothers

11 a.m. Dry Branch Fire Squad

12:30 p.m. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

2:20 p.m. Justin Townes Earle

--4 p.m. Chris Isaak

The retro rocker is a hometown favorite, now on tour behind his first greatest hits set, playing the songs everybody loves ("Wicked Game," "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," "Somebody's Crying") plus tracks from his 2011 covers album "Beyond the Sun," which sees him taking on Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley.

5:50 p.m. Gogol Bordello

--11:45 a.m. Allah-Las

A bunch of California surfer dudes who came to intimately know the contents of the "Nuggets" box set while working behind the counter at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles, the Allah-Las apply their love of all things '60s to their eponymous debut album.

1:20 p.m. Richard Thompson

--3:10 p.m. Billy Bragg

The English folk singer, songwriter and political firebrand recently released his first studio album in five years, "Tooth and Nail," which was recorded in producer Joe Henry's basement in just five days and strikes a similar tone to his collaborations with Wilco.

5 p.m. The Time Jumpers

All set times subject to change. Check www.strictlybluegrass.com for the most current schedule.

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