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Ten Years

Buckle Up Music Festival Preview

Not being the biggest country music fan, I will be putting on an adventure cap for this festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. There are a few new bands that I plan on checking out Saturday, and of course, I will be seeing Willie Nelson in the evening, because… well, he is Willie F****** Nelson.!

4:15pm Mainstage

I’ve seen this band once before, and they definitely made me move my hips. Hailing from Indiana, this band is touring with their debut album, “From the Hills Below the City.” Houndmouth, to me, is the folk voice of twenty somethings who graduated in the early 2000’s to a jobless market. Their songs encapsulate the life of a 1920’s hobo in today’s world. Houndmouth is Katie Toupin, Matt Myers , Zak Appleby , and Shane Cody. If nothing else, they’ll make you want to sing along.




The 23 String Band
6:30pm Ampitheater Stage

Get ready to stomp your feet! The 23 String Band is Chris Shouse, Curtis Wilson, David Howard, Scott Moore, and Martin Stam. They are old-timey and bluegrass for sure! I think I can get down. These guys have two albums, and I’ll be excited to see what they do live. It should be fun to watch.





The Tillers: 8pm Amphitheater Stage

If the Cincinnati music scene has a sound, The Tillers have it. They got their start in August 2007 when they started thumping around with some banjos and guitars and a big wooden bass. By 2013, they had released five albums. I’ll be seeing them, because they are more folk and bluegrass than country.






Allison Krauss and the Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
7:45pm Main Stage

I know her from the breathtaking song, “As I went down in the River to Pray”on the Cohen Brother’s film “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, but her stage presence with Jerry Douglas is something  new to discover. Allison Krauss has released fourteen albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, and helped renew interest in the bluegrass music in the United States.




Willie Nelson
10pm Main Stage

Ready to see a music legend on stage? Yea, that is why I am going to Buckle-Up. He’s not exactly new music to discover, but this concert is off the beaten trail for someone like me and maybe you? Willie Hugh Nelson is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. I believe, simply put, he is one of THE voices of American folk music. We’ll see what he brings on Saturday night.

See ya there,