Appaloosa Festival Press Release: July 4, 2016

07.04.2016 -

Newest Additions to Appaloosa Festival 2016 Lineup

D.C.’s Roots Music Festival, Appaloosa, hosted annually by Scythian, on Labor Day Weekend in Front Royal, VA, one hour from Washington, D.C. — is pleased to announce nine more bands joining their musical lineup, September 3 & 4, 2016. The expanded talent bill of 40+ bands playing bluegrass, Americana, folk, country, and more now includes: Penny & Sparrow, Tellico, Will Overman Band, Rebecca Roubion, The Joybells, Alanna-Marie Boudreau, The Maggie Valley Band, Dead Men’s Hollow, and Justina Miller.

Penny & Sparrow, the folk-rock duo hailing from Austin, TX, draws its influence from the likes of The Swell Season, Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons, with their moving lyricism and talent in balancing minimalist instrumentation.  Penny & Sparrow was recently profiled on NPR Music’s Songs We Love, featuring “Bed Down” from their third album, Let a Lover Drown You. “Of all the new Americana acts on the scene they are perhaps the most refreshing,” observes American Songwriter.

Firmly ingrained in Asheville, NC's flourishing roots music scene, Tellico is well-rounded in bluegrass with an organic “Appalachiacana” sound, combining some of the finest voices, songs, and instrumental mastery of the region. Rooted in the mountain music they were raised on, they push tradition into a modern Americana sound aesthetic. Of their debut album, Relics and Roses, Southern Songs and Stories opines that “Tellico offers something to folks who never liked songs that even came close to a pair of overalls.”

The “amped-up folk rock” of Will Overman Band is a throwback, musically and lyrically, to Simon and Garfunkel, and Bob Seger, with heavy modern influence from The Avett Brothers, and Jason Isbell. Overman, who made it past two rounds of NBC’s The Voice, draws from his Virginia roots to create a sound energetic yet passionate, meaningful yet playful  — and always unforgettable. Of WOB’s self-titled debut release, the Huffington Post proclaimed, “As lush as the melodies and the lyrics are — they appear to be written by someone much older — this album just plain rocks.”

Rebecca Roubion’s soulful voice, her masterful piano flourishes, and carefully-crafted heartfelt stories, will draw you in to the folk-infused indie pop world of this Nashville songstress.  Roubion’s single “Break” was featured on Fox’s show “Bones”, and her single “What Love Looks Like” aired on the season finale of ABC’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Spending the last two years writing her first full-length album, Sleepless Nights was released last month to critical acclaim. Says Michael Feinstein of NPR Music, “Rebecca is an original who writes with wit, passion and talent.”

The Joybells, a lovely Philadelphia-based handbell, chime, and percussion choir, has entertained at the White House, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, on The TODAY Show, and for Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to the United States. Led by two professional musical directors, adult choir members with intellectual disabilities perform selections of sacred, classical, popular, and patriotic music — and have recorded a Christmas album with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra.

The Appaloosa Festival will be held at Skyline Ranch Resort, nestled among the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. This family-friendly festival offers on-site camping, with children under 13 attending free, and discounts for active duty military, and veterans. Ticketing, and accommodations may be found at www.AppaloosaFestival.com. Please contact Brian Lohmann, Appaloosa Festival Press Manager, for band interviews, or press passes: 703.599.8085 or brian.lohmann@gmail.com.

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