John Hartford Memorial Festival Announces 2014 Line-up

The John Hartford Memorial Festival has released another line up for the 2014 festival, happening May 29-31 at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, IN. Joining the initial line up of Peter RowanPokey LaFarge, and Pert Near Sandstone will be Jamie Hartford & FriendsDanny BarnesLarry and Jenny KeelMike ComptonThe HillBendersLeroy TroyBawn in the MashRumpke Mountain Boys and many more. New to the festival will be Horseshoes and Hand GrenadesLindsay Lou & the FlatbellysThe Haunted WindchimesScenic RootsJulia Belle Swain BandOld Salt UnionThe Crunchy Western BoysSloppy JoeThe Downtown County Band, and Maria Carrelli.

Heading into its fourth year, the John Hartford Memorial Festival is on a mission to preserve and continue the legacy, music, and ideals of John Hartford; one of America’s most beloved songwriters, performers, and musicians. “I’m thrilled to be a part of honoring John’s memory and to bring life back into the songs he crafted,” said Mike Compton.

“I think John’s passion for sound and lyrics has been felt for decades, and has altered the path of string band music,” Compton continued. “He’s sort of the granddaddy of this Jamgrass scene. There’s an awful lot of his repertoire in the bedrock of the scene, from before the Aereo-Plain album to the present. John would be thrilled to know this festival is going on. Shoot, I reckon he does,” he said.

Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist Mike Compton has achieved a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin. He has recorded with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, and made music with John Hartford, recording a half-dozen records and touring extensively with him until John’s death in 2001. “Working for John for a half dozen years wasn’t always easy, but it was a growing experience for me that has shaped a lot of what I do now,” Compton concluded.

The John Hartford Memorial Festival is a 3-day, family-friendly music festival that takes place in scenic southern Indiana. The park offers cabin rentals, shaded camping, electric hook ups for RVs, hot showers, a fishing pond, playground, golf cart rentals and more, and is conveniently located near Brown County State Park. Campground and campfire acoustic pickin’ is encouraged and a usual sighting around the festival.

New to next year’s festival will be John Hartford Storytelling. John’s friends will share their memories and stories with the audience. While this informally happens every year, it will be an organized event held under the Boogie Tent at specific times. There will also be a Chompdown pitch-in breakfast with live music on Friday, May 30 from 10 am – Noon for all to participate in, and a Children’s Tent with planned activities. Pickers and players are encouraged to participate in the Old-Time Fiddling Contest and the John Hartford Songwriting Contest with cash prizes and more.

Three-day tickets for the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival are on sale now at a discounted price of $75Camping and cabin rentals are additional and paid separately. For a limited time, they are offering an exclusive, groundbreaking ticket special where you pay $25 (non-refundable down payment) upfront, and pay the remaining balance by May 1, 2014. That’s an unprecedented deal that won’t be sticking around long. Festival ticket prices go up to $100 on January 1.

Order your tickets today to get the discounted price! Visit the website for further details and tickets. www.johnhartfordmemfest.com

2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival Line-up

Peter Rowan

Pokey LaFarge

Pert Near Sandstone

Jamie Hartford and Friends

Larry and Jenny Keel

Danny Barnes

The HillBenders

Rumpke Mountain Boys

Bawn in the Mash

Mike Compton

Leroy Troy

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

The Haunted Windchimes

Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin

Scenic Roots

The Henhouse Prowlers

The Downtown County Band

Eric Lambert & Friends

Julia Belle Swain Band

Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells

Flatland Harmony Experiment

Deep Fried Pickle Project

Crunchy Western Boys

Betse Ellis

Colin O’Brien

New Old Calvary

The Whipstitch Sallies

Alex Riffle & the Stiff Riffs

Hickory Robot

Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

Sloppy Joe

Old Salt Union

The Worley Boys

Huckleberry Green

Ray Lawrence Jr

Maria Carrelli

White Lightning Boys

Cluster Pluck