Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Maren Morris top Railbird 2020 lineup

By Matt Wickstrom

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Alysse Gafkjen

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Railbird Festival will return to the grounds of Keeneland for year two with arguably an even more rootsy lineup than the last with performances from Grammy award winners Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Maren Morris.

Two other Grammy winners join them on the lineup––Tanya Tucker, who won her first two awards (Best Country Album for While I’m Livin’ and Best Country Song for “Bring My Flowers Now”) this year 47 years after being nominated for the first time, and Sarah Jarosz (Best American Roots Song for “Call My Name”), who this year took home her third award in the last seven years.

They’re joined by a diverse lineup of roots, blues, soul, rock and folk all of the top shelf variety––much like bourbon available on-site––and includes The Head & The Heart, Young The Giant, The Decemberists, Trampled By Turtles, Colter Wall, Whiskey Myers, Shovels & Rope, City and Colour, The Dead South, Cat Power, The War And Treaty, Hayes Carll, Cedric Burnside, Bonny Light Horseman, John Moreland, Town Mountain, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Paul Cauthen, The New Respects and Southern Avenue.

Leading the festival’s Kentucky contingent of bands and rounding out the Railbird lineup are the nationally renowned Muhlenberg County natives Lost Dog Street Band, bluesy rock ‘n rollers Magnolia Boulevard, southern belle Senora May, indie rockers Bendigo Fletcher, former Sundy Best star Nicholas Jamerson and Western Kentucky cowboy Grayson Jenkins.

View a photo gallery of select Railbird 2020 performers courtesy of Sarah Cahill of KY Cahill Photography below.

General Admission (GA) and VIP weekend passes will be available to the public beginning Friday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. ET via RailbirdFest.com, with a limited quantity starting at only $135. For the first time, Railbird will also offer a limited number of GA student weekend passes for $115 while supplies last. Affordable layaway plans are also available, with payment options starting at only $20 down.

A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will benefit Railbird’s nonprofit community partners, Fayette Alliance, Central Kentucky Riding for Hope and Central Music Academy.

Those wishing to elevate their Railbird experience can purchase a VIP weekend pass with enhanced amenities for 2020. VIP patrons will have access to all GA amenities, as well as exclusive Limestone and Elkhorn Stage lounges with air-conditioning, a VIP Village with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and spa services by the Drybar, private bars with exclusive VIP pricing, luxury restrooms, fast-track entrances to the festival, free on-site parking for the weekend, commemorative Railbird merchandise and more.

In addition to world-class musical acts across three stages, Railbird will offer a wide variety of premium experiences highlighting renowned chefs from the area through its Sip & Savor program. Up-close-and-personal demonstrations and interactive discussions will be led by culinary headliners Ouita MichelCole ArimesTravis MiltonJeremy AshbySamantha Fore and Kristin M. Smith throughout the festival weekend.

Railbird just wouldn’t be a Kentucky festival without Bourbon. The Rickhouse will be home to a highly curated Bourbon experience, with hand-selected barrels from Kentucky’s finest distilleries and immersive whiskey experiences. Bourbon Barrel selections will be chosen in collaboration with co-owners Justin Sloan and Justin Thompson of Lexington’s treasured Justins’ House of Bourbon, a well-known stomping grounds for Bourbon beginners, lovers and collectors.

Private Bourbon selections include Four Roses Single Barrel (Barrel Strength)1792 Full ProofBlanton’sBuffalo TraceElijah Craig Small BatchOld Pepper Distillery Single Barrel RyeOld Carter Straight Bourbon WhiskeyOld Forester Single Barrel (Barrel Strength) and Pinhook True Single Barrel (Barrel Strength).

All festival goers will enjoy wagering, lounging and a taste of horse culture at the Lucky Day Plaza. Fans can get in on the action and wager on off-track betting, with coast-to-coast simulcast from DelMar to Saratoga on the festival grounds. Keeneland’s own BETologists will be on-site with tips for winning big.

This festival is an all-ages event, complete with a Fillies and Colts family area with arts and crafts, a kid-friendly stage, and much more.

For more information visit RailbirdFest.com.

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