The group will be joined by other artists, including Jason Eady, Sam Baker, Rod Picott, Amanda Shires, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, and Darden Smith.
“The Sheridan Opera House is a tremendous venue for acoustic singer-songwriter music,” said Steve Stagner, of Barbed Wire Productions, the producer of the event, “and we are really enthusiastic about this lineup.”
Ely, whose music has spanned honky-tonk, country, and rock ‘n’ roll, grew up in Lubbock, Tex., where he and fellow natives Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore founded The Flatlanders. Ely has performed with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Uncle Tupelo and The Clash; most recently, he has done acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Guy Clark.
The Band of Heathens began with three principal songwriters – Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist and Colin Brooks – who shared the bill at an Austin club. They were soon sharing the stage and collaborating, and the popularity of the shows spread as they evolved into a full band, recognized at the 2007 Austin Music Awards as the Best New Band and nominated for an Americana Music Award in 2009 as Best New and Emerging Artist. The Band of Heathens’ 2009 release, One Foot in the Ether, was dubbed of the year’s best records.
Sam Baker, a classic poet-songwriter whose 2009 release, Cotton, completed a trilogy of records featuring Pretty World and Mercy, and Mississippi native Jason Eady, open the Friday night show for the Heathens. Four Nashville writers – Amanda Shires, Rod Picott, Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – will share the stage in a Thursday. Picott is a Maine native and frequent collaborator of Slaid Cleaves, the co-writer of the hit “Broke Down.” Shires is a Texas-born fiddle player who moves easily between western swing and indie rock. Husband and wife duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart feature great songwriter and acoustic guitar interplay honed from years on the folk/Americana circuit. Darden Smith hosts a VIP ticket holders and sponsors’ event Wednesday, July 21.
Advance tickets for the Telluride Americana Music Weekend can be purchased at www.tellurideticket.com. Three-day passes for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows are $90. VIP passes include three-day passes with early admission, a festival T-shirt, and admission to the Wednesday night event with Darden Smith. Individual night tickets will go on sale April 1.