Nicholas Jamerson, Short & Company lead over 30 new FloydFest 2020 acts

By Matt Wickstrom

Nicholas Jamerson. Photo by Sarah Cahill

FLOYD, Va. — Four more Kentucky acts today joined the lineup for FloydFest 2020~Vision Quest, joining over 30 other newly added bands to one of Appalachia’s premiere musical gatherings.

The additions—all of which are On the Rise artists—include Prestonsburg based songwriter, Jackson and Morehead based blues troupe Short & Company, Louisville jazz and jam collective Big Atomic and Lexington newgrass quintet Restless Leg String Band. They join the previously announced Kentucky bands Johnny Conqueroo and Mama Said String Band.

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Other On the Rise acts are 49 WinchesterAshley Heath & Her HeathensBailey BiggerCasey NoeldarzoDr. BaconFree UnionGrizzly GoatInto The FogMusic Road CoSexbruise?Shay Martin LovetteTaylor Scott BandThunder and RainUnaka Prong, and West End Blend

A Handful of “Local Love” Virginia-based artists were also revealed today and include The AmbassadorAndrew Winn TrioAPEXBlue MuleChupacabrasThe Dead ReckoningDharma BombsEmpty BottlesExit 109 BluegrassThe FloorboardsGOTEIsaac Hadden ProjectThe JamJohn McBroomJordan HarmanLazy Man Dub BandMark Nicholson and The DistanceMy Radio, and Orange Culture.

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This week’s 39 lineup additions join previously announced 2020 artists The String Cheese Incident (2 nights), Umphrey’s McGee, Grace PotterMoon TaxiTURKUAZ w/ Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew Remain in Light Turns 40Toots and the MaytalsLeftover Salmon, Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Keller Williams, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Devon Gilfillian, Brent Cobb, Molly Tuttle, The Soul Rebels, All Them Witches, Southern Avenue, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Illiterate Light, Keller and The Keels, Doom Flamingo, L.A. Edwards, The Nude Party, Futurebirds, Acoustic Syndicate, Buffalo Mountain Jam v5, Consider the Source, Hogslop String Band, The Broadcast, Travers Brothership, Big Daddy Love, L Shape Lot, Mama Said String Band, Stephen Lewis & The Big Band of Fun, Johnny Conqueroo, and FloydFest 19~Voyage Home On-the-Rise Competition winners DownTown Abby & The Echoes (2019 On the Rise winner) and Mason Via & Hot Trail Mix (2019 On the Rise runner-up).

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