David Byrne, Conor Oberst and More Announced for 2009 Telluride Bluegrass
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Feb 04, 2009 | 2247 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – Telluride Bluegrass Festival organizers announce five new additions to the 2009 festival.

Joining Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Kasey Chambers, YMSB, Punch Brothers Play and Sing Bluegrass, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, and more, six new participants are confirmed. They are David Byrne, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis, Gaelic Storm, Crooked Still

- and African kora player Toumani Diabate, who will be teaming up with Bela Fleck.

Prolific songwriter Conor Oberst recorded eight acclaimed albums with his band Bright Eyes before releasing an album under his own name last year. Jenny Lewis, cofounder of Rilo Kiley, has released two solo albums that explore her interest in country and roots music. She and Elvis Costello sang on one another’s 2008 albums. Gaelic Storm, one of the hottest live bands in the Celtic scene, combines Irish fiddle tunes with world percussion, and high-energy singalongs.

Crooked Still has gone through some lineup changes since playing Telluride Bluegrass two years ago, adding a new cellist and a fiddler, but maintains their take on American stringband music. And David Byrne is one of the most important American musicians/artists of the last 25 years, as the leader of Talking Heads, as a solo artist who has explored South American, operatic, and popular styles and as a writer (see his always fascinating blog at http://journal.davidbyrne.com). A daring visual and conceptual artist; as the founder of the influential Luaka Bop record label; he is a consummate live performer who continues to deconstruct the notion of a “rock concert” through innovative musical, visual, and other artistic elements. Byrne also loves American country and roots music.
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