Southern Fork Americana Fest drops first round lineup for 2019

Monday 8 July 2019

Southern Fork Americana Fest drops first round lineup for 2019

New Zealand's much-awaited Southern Fork Americana Fest is bringing, yet again, a stellar cast of acclaimed artists to Auckland's Tuning Fork this September. Completing the first round announcement of 2019 headliners are festival favourites including: The Felice Brothers, Albi & the Wolves, Molly Tuttle & Dee White, Pokey LaFarge, Jonny Fritz & Joshua Hedley and, Tami Neilson

Here are some of the phenomenal performers Kiwi fans can't wait enough to see:

The Felice Brothers
After breaking onto the music scene in 2006, self-taught musicians Ian and James Felice began playing subway platforms and sidewalks in NYC. They have gone on to release nine albums of original songs and have toured extensively throughout the world. Their latest release 'Undress' was recorded straight to tape with very little overdubbing—it's their most personal and reflective album to date.

Albi & the Wolves
The NZ-based trio, Albi & the Wolves, have been known for creating a huge sound using only an acoustic guitar, an electric violin, double bass and their tripartite vocals. They've recently won the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album 'One Eye Open'. Chris Dent (the proud albino front man Albi), Pascal Roggen and Michael Young's individuality shines through their music—making their live shows compelling, uplifting, soulful and fun.

Molly Tuttle
Award-winning guitarist with a gift for insightful songwriting, Molly Tuttle, evolves her signature sound with boundary-breaking songs on her debut album 'When You're Ready'. In the past year, Molly has won the Folk Alliance International's honour for Song of the Year for 'You Didn't Call My Name', and took home her second trophy for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year (the first woman in the history of the IBMA to win that honour).

Dee White
The Alabama-born, country music's up-and-comer Dee White is a raw, natural songwriter—spinning the sounds and stories of the American South into songs. His music is inspired by traditional sounds but still happily rooted in the 21st century. His performance is a contemporary, ageless take on country music—one that packs just as strong a punch today as it would've 50 years ago.

Pokey LaFarge
Ever since his 2006's self-released album 'Marmalade', Pokey LaFarge has been a renowned country music maestro. Timelessness and refined taste is his raison d’être, and his influences are as multi-hued and wide-ranging as the rhythms that buoy his starkly poetic songs—rhythms that are steeped in the very essence of jazz.

Jonny Fritz & Joshua Hedley
Jonny Fritz & Joshua Hedley epitomise all that is good and wonderful in heartfelt contemporary. Honky-tonk, bluegrass, outlaw country and traditional country are seamlessly intertwined in a performance that celebrates the golden days of the '50s and '60s, but with a modern-day feel. Their performance will bring together two of the finest singers and players in a fresh music partnership that's made in country music heaven.

Tami Neilson
Multi award-winning singer-songwriter Tami Neilson has become one of NZ's most beloved artists of the modern era. Since 2008, she's been blending country, soul and rockabilly into her signature high-octane performances—with songs that tugged at our heart-strings and soothed our souls. Accompanied by her brother and long-time co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the "Big Boss Mama" will play her extensive songbook at the Tuning Fork amidst her 'This is Tami Neilson!' nationwide tour.

More artists are to be announced soon so stay tuned and don't miss your chance to see phenomenal acts on one stage this October, courtesy of Southern Folk Americana Fest!