Today brings music-festival news for this fall’s World of Bluegrass: the main headline acts for the Wide Open Bluegrass part of the program.
Appearing at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will be a lineup featuring the usual cast of IBMA regulars (Del McCoury, Steep Canyon Rangers), rising breakthrough acts (Becky Buller, Darin & Brook Aldridge) and a few wildcards.
Chief among the latter are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, on a 50-year-anniversary tour that draws heavily from their 1972 cross-generational landmark album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”; and the Soggy Bottom Boys, the fictional singing group from the 2000 Americana soundtrack hit “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Just so nobody gets the wrong idea about the latter, however, you shouldn’t expect “O Brother” star and onscreen Soggy Bottom Boys leader George Clooney to show up. This version of the group is Dan Tyminski -- who actually sang the hit “Man of Constant Sorrow,” with Clooney lip-syncing -- and friends including Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton and others.
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Friday, Sept. 30
Dailey & Vincent
Earls of Leicester
Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Peter Rowan Band
Soggy Bottom Boys
Saturday, Oct. 1
Becky Buller Band
John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Steep Canyon Rangers
Del McCoury Band