Mountain Music Festival 2019 at ACE Adventure Resort is going back to its roots with Americana music taking the main stage Friday night. We are incredibly excited to welcome Appalachian singer-songwriter Tyler Childers back to the mountaintop this summer. Also joining Tyler Friday night will be fellow Kentucky boys The Wooks and Justin Wells alongside Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound. Also joining the campground Strange Stage lineup will be Short & Company and Holy Roller formally Big Mama Shakes. This is the main course we have been itchin’ to tell everyone about for the last few months now.
Tyler Childers is quickly climbing the ranks in country music and has made a name for himself over the last few years bringing his heartfelt Americana songs across the country. Tyler’s music is often described with the same outlaw resonance as Sturgil Simpson, Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton, which is a breath of fresh air in the pop world of top 40 country music today. Some Mountain Music Festival fans will remember Tyler Childers’ 2017 performance before taking off to become known as one of the great Southern storytellers. Childers was even named the Americana Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year for 2018. We can’t wait to see what he will do in 2019 and we are beyond excited to host Tyler as our Friday night Headliner.
Energetically honoring the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music, with threads of singer-songwriter, rock, and jam band music woven throughout, The Wooks are as at home on a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country. The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into songs and shows that captivate. Look for two sets from The Wooks at MMFest19 including both a full acoustic set followed by a ‘Lectric Wooks set.
Another up and coming singer songwriter being added to many playlists everyday is Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound. Crossing genres of folk/rock/indie and soul music, the mission of writing truthful and honest songs always remains the same. Being billed alongside musicians such as John Moreland, Jason Isbell, Tyler Childers, Justin Townes Earl and many others have helped Arlo McKinley get his name outside of the local Cincinnati scene and have gained him fans across the states and across the pond.
A roots-rock songwriter with a rough-and-tumble rasp of a voice, Justin Wells’ music shines a light on the highs and lows of a life spent on the road. For years, the Kentuckian shared that road with his bandmates in Fifth on the Floor. However, the southern rock band abruptly parted ways in early 2015. Justin quickly rebounded with his first solo album Dawn in the Distance. On it, his voice is still mountain-sized, while looking beyond the Southern stomp of his former band. Songs like “The Dogs” and “The Highway Less Taken” catch the singer staring in the mirror, while “Going Down Grinnin” and “Still No Rain” move like a drifter, unwilling to quit.
Holy Roller brings you songs of love, loss, hope, and heartache. Their early country twang and vivid lyrics meld with signature harmonies for a sound that is beautifully crooning. Formally known as Big Mama Shakes these guys out of Richmond, Virginia this southern Americana rock band is set to get the music going Saturday morning at the campground’s Strange Stage.
Another rocking band out of Kentucky playing their third Mountain Music Festival performance will be Short & Company. Genre-bending guitar blazer, Jeremy Short, has quickly risen to the top shelf of must-hear players on the scene. Leaving his soul on the floor, and yours in shreds, “Ain’t That Workin”, “Bartender” and “Set in Her Ways” show why Short is a 2 Time Semi-finalist, and 2019 competitor at the International Blues Challenge, a competition featuring the best blues acts from around the globe. Short encourages “Sometimes, you just gotta dance to get it out. So if you feel like dancing, dance. If you feel like singing along, do it. Do what feels right.”
There you have it the entire 2019 lineup is ready for world consumption. We are super excited for this year’s eclectic lineup featuring over 25 bands coming to Mountain Music Festival May 30th – June 2nd. Early bird tickets are still available and 3-day passes are just $99. There are only a limited number of early bird tickets available so get yours now to get the best deal possible. There are also a limited number of cabins still available at ACE Adventure Resort so don’t forget to make your reservations for West Virginia’s best festival and we will see you on the mountain!