“The rearrangements are so exhilarating that, even without amplifier overdose, they make you remember why you got into metal in the first place.”
Expect nothing less than a distinctly individual and fearless modern music from Austin-based, nine-piece Latin funk and breakbeat purveyors, Brown Sabbath.
They come hot off of other music festivals including, but not limited to, Bonnaroo, Pickathon, and FFFFest all while capturing multiple Grammy Awards nominations. They’re currently working on releasing a new album with Sister’s Rhythm & Brews Festivals inaugural headliners, Los Lobos.
“With The War and Treaty, we allow people to see two people that are not perfect. We get on stage. We sweat. We’re overweight. We yell. We get ugly, we scream! My hair comes loose. We’re vulnerable––naked––in front of people, and it’s a chain reaction. It allows them to be vulnerable, too.”
The War & Treaty
A tour-de-force, Michael and Tanya Trotter exude stage confidence only acquired by artists who are truly and proudly themselves. Expect tears and goosebumps from their acoustic strings, lap steel, keys, and funky bass lines that result in a swampy Southern soul bed.
The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the, “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs.”
Eric Gales is the guitarists’ favorite guitarist with big name collaborations including, but not limited to, Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, and Joe Bonamassa. Although Gales has been harnessing his guitar power since childhood, with influences from Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Albert King, and more, he’s recently been honing his vocal talents to bring even more to the table.
His fifteenth studio effort Middle of the Road hit no. 4 on Billboards Top Blues Album Chart and no. 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart. He’s currently working on The Bookends slated to release February 2019. Gales has been touring through Australia, Argentina, Chile, Europe, and The US at major festivals like Rockin’ The Blues and Ramblin Man Fair.
“I’m living to love the life that I live, Music!!!!”
Mr. Sipp himself
We’re excited to welcome back festival favorite, Castro Coleman AKA Mr. Sipp! “The Mississippi Blues Child” spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a recording artist and producer. Recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records, and entertain fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.”
With more than 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on more than 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He also won The 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner, The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner, and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award.
“A rich, sultry voice…weaned on the church choir and burnished by an enthusiast’s love of good music.”
Nikki Hill is a spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps’ guitarist Poison Ivy. Buoyed by her band’s roaring boogie that’s equal parts Staple Singers and AC/DC, Nikki exudes a self-assured swagger as her fiery rasp preaches the rock & roll gospel: late nights, hot licks, and intoxicating love. Just a couple years ago, Nikki Hill was a bartender with an affinity for punk and a deep love for classic R&B. At her husband (and now guitar-player) Matt Hill’s behest, she stepped out from behind the bar and onto the stage. The response has been ecstatic, stunning audiences with their muscular sound, Matt’s volcanic leads, and, of course, Nikki’s inimitable charisma.
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The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio delivers the perfect blend of soul, jazz, rhythm & blues, and rock & roll with an explosive guitar, pocket drum, and of course, a soulful organ.
The originally Seattle-based band travels around the world, becoming an house-hold name internationally.
“There’s a young lady [Vanessa Collier] came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”
A master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
“We have to be positive if we want the world to get better,” Ural Thomas advises. “We’ve come a long way, but if you carry a grudge with the whole world you’ll stop your growth. We’re a family, all just brothers and sisters, descendants of Adam. You can’t get anywhere without an open heart.”
A developing artist at nearly eighty years old, for Thomas music has always been about bringing people together. “If we play for twenty people we cook it like it’s twenty thousand” says Thomas. “If we make someone smile we’re satisfied. They’re ain’t no difference between us. It’s all love and brotherhood. If folks listen to my record and feel that I’ll feel very blessed.”
Standing in bold defiance of the idea that aging is a reason to slow down and stop living, for Thomas the right time to get down is the next time someone plugs in a guitar or puts on a record. Ural is ready – are you?
“I write my music according to how I live my life, the things I’m going through at the time,” insists Burnside, who lost both his parents, an uncle and his brother recently. “I love music so much. It’s really something I can turn to when I’m feeling down and out, and in pain. Whether it’s the heartache of breaking up with a girlfriend, or frustration at a dispute with a family member.”
Raised by R.L. Burnside, or as he called him, “Big Daddy”, Cedric Burnside has brought music that started as an expression of grief and a will to survive into a modern-day art form that is both timely and timeless, a glimpse of myth and insight into the human condition. Cedric’s blues cover a wide range of different emotions from pure sexual desire, to respectful tribute, and everything in between.
“He isn’t just playing the guitar, he IS the guitar – kind of like when good
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Lucious Spiller is a truly gifted artist, songwriter, singer, musician, teacher, and mentor. His music, rooted in blues and gospel, is unique and fresh yet embodies the spirit of the traditional. He has inspired, influenced, instructed, and encouraged many up and coming blues artists such as Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, a 2019 festival favorite.