Just like a real folk festival, but without all the sweaty people and the overpriced vegetarian food.
They do what they do. Some are folk, some country, some hard to classify. They sing, they write, and you'll hear them all on Festival Radio.
Billy Bragg: British folk/pop icon, heavily into politicized folk music. Recently worked with Wilco to set unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics to music.
Chuck Brodsky: Best singer/songwriter about baseball, ever. Writes some pretty good songs about other topics, too.
Kate Campbell: Southern singer/songwriter who writes powerful songs about being from the South. Great live performer.
Guy Clark: Long-established Texas singer/songwriter
Bruce Cockburn: Canadian national treasure who ought to be a star everywhere after 20+ albums of remarkable guitar playing and songs of beauty and conscience.
Bob Dylan: Can't say anything about Bob that hasn't already been said better than I can say it
Vance Gilbert: Excellent performer, singer, and songwriter. He's hilarious. See him live if he comes near your neighborhood.
John Gorka: He's from New Jersey. It's like Ohio, but even more so. Imagine that!. Seriously, one of the best singer/songwriters performing today.
Greg Greenway: Energetic, socailly conscious Boston-based performer
Patty Griffin: Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter.
Mark Heard: One of the best songwriters I've ever heard. Put out several great albums that were mostly ignored during his lifetime. Poetic genius.
Kate Jacobs: Hoboken-based singer/songwriter who has led a remarkable life and has three albums of remarkable songs.
Lucy Kaplansky: NYC singer/songwriter who's day job was as a psychologist before gong back to music fulltime. With Dar Williams and Richard Shindell, formed group Cry, Cry, Cry.
Jan Krist: Humorous, engaging, indie singer/songwriter from Detroit.
Bill Mallonee: Former lead singer and songwriter for the Vigilantes of Love, now a solo artist
Eleanor McEvoy: One of Ireland's favorite singer/songwriter's. Deserves to be as star in the States.
Lori McKenna: Boston area singer/songwriter
James McMurtry: Yeah, he's Larry McMurtry's son. So what? He's a keen observer who writes wry, dry, witty songs about life in Texas (and elsewhere).
Lynn Miles: Canadian singer/songwriter. One of my favorites. Try Unravel.
Bill Morrissey: New England singer/songwriter with a distinctive voice and a sharp wit.
Pierce Pettis: Singer/songwriter from Alabama and huge Mark Heard fan who has been recording a Mark Heard song on each of his recent albums. Has had a song covered by Garth Brooks.
Ellis Paul: Boston area singer/songwriter. Very engaging performer--see him live.
Alice Peacock: Chicago-based singer/songwriter, now on a major label.
Eddi Reader: Former singer for Fairground Attraction, has put out several really fine solo albums since. Gorgeous voice.
Amy Rigby: Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, now in Nashville.
Richard Shindell: One of the best singer/songwriters recording today.
Todd Snider: Portland native, and one of the funniest singer/songwriters working today. On John Prine's OhBoy label.
Greg Trooper: Nashville-based singer/songwriter. Has had songs recorded by Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Bragg and others.
Susan Werner: Killer torch singer/pianist doubling as a singer/songwriter. See her live.
Cheryl Wheeler: One of the funniest people on the planet. See her live.
Brooks Williams: One of the best guitarists on the planet. Plus he sings and writes songs.
Victoria Williams: Quirky, occasionally sublime, always entertaining.
Adrienne Young: Her debut album, Plow to the End of the Row, successfully blends a wide variety of contemporary and traditional folk stylings