Bonnie and Taylor Sims
Bonnie and Taylor are a high-energy Americana duo who front a five piece country/rock band - Bonnie & The Clydes. With four critically acclaimed albums and multiple awards under their belts, they continue to write, perform, and produce Americana music that will surely stand the test of time. Expect intricate harmonies, great guitar licks and finely crafted tunes form this alt-country/rock duo.
and the Honey Rider Band
Michael assembled the Honey Rider band in 2015 to recreate his acclaimed Solo EP “Honey Rider” live on stage. The band treats Michael’s songs with the ferocity and passion they deserve, creating an adventuresome whirl of Americana and Moody Psychedelia that gets audiences on their feet and clamoring for more.
Justin Roth is a critically claimed songwriter and acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique. Justin is also an accomplished producer and engineer having recorded, produced, played and sung every single note of Now You Know, his fourth solo album. He is also well-known at Planet Bluegrass in nearby Lyons, CO where he has been on the staff as a capo master and finger-style acoustic music instructor for over 10 years.
Michael Kirkpatrick (solo)
Michael is one of Colorado’s finest singer/songwriter/performers, a modern-day minstrel who performs over 250 shows a year. He brings it all to the stage every evening – passion, sweat, sensuality and even tears. His album Key to my Cage was awarded "Best Colorado Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album of 2013" by The Colorado Sound Fan Poll and Michael was crowned Telluride Troubadour at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival - culminating in a high-energy acoustic performance fin front of 9,000 wild-eyed Festivarians on the main stage at Telluride.
Antonio Lopez Band
Antonio Lopez has the "it" factor. There are those in the know, and those who don't know "it" yet. His acoustic soul and modern folk sound garners comparison to artists such as Amos Lee and Paul Simon. A sixth generation Coloradan, Antonio was born and raised in Alamosa and now resides in Longmont. His fourth album Roots and Wings will be out later this year and he will be backed up by his full band of talented musicians.
North Denver’s Highland Ramblers create handmade, mile high music. Blending elements of Blues, Folk and Bluegrass, this five piece band has earned accolades from Westword (Ten of the Best Bluegrass Bands in Colorado: 2016 Edition) and CBSDenver (Top Local Bluegrass Bands in Colorado).
John Bunzli Band
John Bunzli is a seasoned songwriter who pens gritty, heart-felt songs that depict the trials and tribulations of ordinary folks leading extraordinary lives. He’ll be joined by his band – a trio of accomplished musicians who add complex textures and groove that bring his well-crafted tunes to life.
Tyler T. and Sasha Stone
Tyler T. is a unique singer/songwriter who uses looping and phrase sampling to create a virtual one man band live experience. His music is a high energy blend of acoustic, psychedelic, and folk rock featuring sounds and instruments from around the globe. Tyler is joined by Sasha Stone, singer, songwriter, electric guitarist, and front woman for the Sasha Stone Band.
Larry Nair and Liza Beth Oliveto comprise this Nevada-based folk-rock acoustic duo who are currently on tour in support of their new album “Under the Plow”. With heartfelt warmth and authenticity, this duo creates magic from thin air with their intertwining voices and tasty guitar work.
Songwriters in the Round
We are adding a new element to this year’s festival. Several “Songwriter in the Round” sessions by some of the best up-and-coming songwriters from the Front Range of Colorado including performances by:
Caitlin Cannon has a huge heart, and her songs reflect her passion for life, her joy of living.
David Cole writes and sings energetic, wide-ranging tunes that transcend any one genre.
One half of The Farmer Sisters, Kate writes and sings soulful and bluesy songs influenced by Americana and folk.
Steve Murray is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter reminiscent of Neil Young meets Steve Earle.
Tim Ostdiek writes and plays feel-good, big-hearted folk with a drop of something funky.
Alex Rhodes writes upbeat, down-home music full of charming stories and colorful characters.
Shanna in a Dress is your quirky best friend who refuses to wear pants - a fun combination of humor, truth, and poignancy all wrapped up in a sweet voice.
John Spengler is a singer/songwriter heavily influenced by Neil Young and Jackson Browne, who writes about real life with an infusion of humor.
Bob Wood's lyrics and tunes are sometimes whimsical, sometimes serious, but always witty, poetic, and insightful.
Additional Artists and Songwriter Announcements Coming soon!
After the main stage shows end, most of the artists will also hang around and jam in the campground - so expect late-nights filled with singing, jamming, and pickin' around the (propane) campfires. Experienced festival-folkies's know that the unplanned and unrehearsed campground activities are the heart and soul of any festival - and it is these interactions that bring people back to the festivals they love year after year.
There will be several music-related workshops, including a songwriting exercise - where we pair folks up to see what they come up with in a co-writing experiment. If you make good progress and are confident in what you have created, you will have an opportunity to share with your peers during the open stage.
Casey Jones Music Fest is a community oriented, musical extravaganza. Even if you have never played for an audience or stood on a stage - this is a safe place to make music or listen to your friends play in a welcoming environment. For those new to performing music, beginner workshops provide an introduction to songwriting and musical collaboration, encouraging you to unleash your creativity in a welcoming environment. Advanced classes are available for the seasoned songwriter and musician to help hone your craft and encourage you to collaborate with others on developing new songs.
Set up your tent, grab your guitar or ukelele and come hang out with us. If you know what a House Concert is - think of it as a long 3-day House Concert with all your friends and some soon-to-be-friends that you just haven't met yet.
We look forward to seeing you at the Parrish Ranch September 6-8, 2019!