By Matt Wickstrom
IRVINE, Ky. — Tyler Childers will return to Kickin’ it on the Creek in September with a bevy of his friends and Appalachia’s best and brightest musicians in toe.
Wolfpen Productions and the Roberts family have secured a dynamite lineup for the intimate backwoods gathering taking place from Sept. 19-21 that includes North Carolina masters of twang Town Mountain, the quick witted and fast pickin’ Larry Keel Experience, newly minted Oh Boy Records artist Kelsey Waldon and the swampy southern rock/jam/blues of the PRS Guitars endorsed Magnolia Boulevard, among others.
Joining the aforementioned artists are two kings of the Queen City in Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound and Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle; the foot stomping rhythm and roots of The Wooks and the ‘Lectric Wooks; Whitesburg-based alt-folk foursome Wayne Graham, West Virginia jewels John R. Miller & The Engine Lights, Ona and William Matheny & The Strange Constellations; Kentucky’s Queen of soul Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, Arkansas jam rockers Vintage Pistol, Wisconsin-based songsmith Joseph Huber, hometown songbird Senora May and a Green Genes reunion along with Miles Miller, the Hi-Jivers, Morgan Wade & The Stepbrothers, Geno Seale & The Porch Front Gospel, Giant Rooster Sideshow, Joe’s Truck Stop, Abe Partridge, Brother Smith, Jericho Woods, Jim White, Laid Back Country Picker, Luna & The Mountain Jets, Grownover, Padre Paul Handelman, Chloe Edmonstone, Bedford Band, Alex Wright, John Clay, Tom Cool, Troy Estes & Bud Cooper, Donnie Isaacs and Kickin’ it on the Couch.
The stories of Kickin’ it on the Creek and Tyler Childers have long been knotted together. Childers first met Byron Roberts and family, hosts of the festival, shortly after he moved to the Irvine area in 2013 during a ridge riding rescue mission. A year later Kickin’ it was born as equal part a fundraiser for Childers’ eventual debut album and birthday celebration for Roberts’ son Kenton. Each year since Childers has performed the festival, helping to spark an Appalachian firecracker from the depths of a remote, Eastern Kentucky holler that has since sent shockwaves worldwide.
For those still without tickets, the festival will be giving away a pair of tickets at each of it’s upcoming pre-shows, with details on one taking place at The Burl in Lexington to be announced soon. Stay tuned for details. For more information “like” Kickin’ it on the Creek on Facebook and subscribe to Big Blue Tunes.
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