Monterey Americana Festival       Monterey County Fairgrounds
Saturday June 22nd & Sunday June 23rd, 2013


Line Up

Saturday ~ June 22nd
Jason Isbell
Nashville, TN – Southeastern, the new solo album from Jason Isbell, will be released on June 11 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. Southeastern contains 12 new Isbell compositions and the most personal songs of self-reflection and discovery he has written to date. Isbell has recorded three acclaimed albums (two studio, one live) with his band The 400 Unit. 2011’s Here We Rest became Isbell’s most celebrated effort to date, cracking the top 100 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart for the first time. Here We Rest received high praise from a wide range of media, including NPR, Associated Press, Esquire, GQ, SPIN, USA Today, Blurt, My Old Kentucky Blog and many more. Since the release, Isbell has made two appearances with the 400 Unit on The Late Show with David Letterman and his song “Alabama Pines” won SONG OF THE YEAR at the 2012 Americana Music Awards & Honors.
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.” Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.

Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: “Miller and Lauderdale’s duets have both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.”

Carrie Rodriguez
At each stage of Carrie Rodriguez’s career—as a fiddler, singer, and songwriter—the Austin, Texas, native has learned the importance of letting go. That was certainly true when it came to recording her fifth solo album, Give Me All You Got, her first of largely original tunes in several years. “In the making of Love and Circumstance in 2008, I chose to sing other people’s songs,” Rodriguez explains. “I needed to take a step back from songwriting and think about the kinds of songs that feel important to sing. Doing that inspired me to write again.”

Rodriguez, who came to attention a decade ago performing with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, has established an impressive roster of touring, recording, and co-writing affiliations—with Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, guitarist Bill Frisell, and others. Although she has issued three albums under her own name and enjoyed major label support for 2008’s She Ain’t Me, the release of Give Me All You Got marks a giant step for Rodriguez. The album was recorded with her own band and produced by the renowned Lee Townsend, with whom she has worked closely in the past. And the songs—which she wrote, co-wrote, or handpicked from the repertoire of longtime collaborators—establish her musical identity more powerfully than ever before.
Ashley Raines
Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer & multi-instrumentalist. Raines grew up in the Midwest & by the age of fourteen began to hitchhike away from his home in Kansas. Raines hopped boxcars and taught himself any instrument he could get his hands on, recording his songs on four-track reel-to-reel machines which he sold while performing on the street. Since the late 1990's Raines has toured & performed 150+ concerts annually. Raines performs on his signature Weissenborn, a custom hollow neck lap steel guitar. Raines has released ten studio and one live recording(s) since 2000.
Stryder Callison & The Jackwagons

Stryder Callison started playing guitar and writing songs when the rest of his pals were learning to ride bikes. Born in a small rural town in California’s central valley, this self-taught multi-instrumentalist was raised on a steady diet of hard work and country music. But never one to be cowed by convention, Stryder’s insatiable appetite for new music had him soon listening to (and playing) rock and roll, reggae, dub and punk rock. And so, a misfit singer-songwriter sprouted amongst the hicks and hayfields. After playing with numerous bands, relentlessly touring and writing for other artists, Stryder released his first solo album in 2008, titled ‘Years in the Making’. A couple of years later he found himself late night jamming with The Maids of Honor, a popular local Santa Cruz group. "I knew right away that I’d found my band." And that’s how John Barrett, Kelly Castro and Lex van den Berghe came to be The Jackwagons, and with Stryder riding point, they’ve been cranking out a steady stream of booze-soaked drinking songs, high-octane roots rock barnburners and heartbreaking love songs.

Band-mates Kelly Castro and Lex van den Berghe spent many years playing in the critically acclaimed Bay Area band Frontier Wives, earning their chops and touring the U.S. extensively with a number of bands including Camper Van Beethoven, Dash Rip Rock, Reverend Horton Heat, The Cramps, Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper, The Meat Puppets, Rank & File and The Dead Milkmen. You may have also seen Lex in one of his past lives competing on CBS’ Survivor Africa and Survivor All Stars.

Look for Stryder Callison & the Jackwagons debut album, due out later this summer.

Sunday ~ June 23rd
Todd Snider
Todd Snider is on the happy back end of happy hour at a favorite East Nashville bar, talking about his new album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. “This record doesn’t come from good times,” Snider says. “I wanted to sound the way I feel, which sometimes means sounding like a broken soul.”

On the 10 new songs, Snider doesn’t talk around the vulnerable part, or the angry part, or the part about how everything we’re taught about goodness and righteousness and capitalism, about God and family values winds up exploding into violence and chaos, wonder and longing. He might carry the mantle of “storyteller” – it’s what he titled his live record, after all – but Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is anything but a nice, folk/Americana troubadour album.

It’s not a nice anything.

It is jagged, leering, lurching and howling, and filled with unhappy endings both experienced and intimated: “It ain’t the despair that gets you, it’s the hope,” he sings in the album-closer, “Big Finish.” That Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is also roaringly funny is tribute to Snider’s unique sensibilities, and to his standing as what Rolling Stone magazine calls “America’s sharpest musical storyteller.” Anguish without laughter is boring, like intensive care without morphine, and Snider has never been within 100 miles of boring. Also, he didn’t earn the attention, friendship and fandom of American musical giants like Kris Kristofferson and John Prine by writing mopey protest songs.

Anyway, these aren’t protest songs and they’re not meant to incite class warfare (though he knows they might anyway). They’re populated mostly by losers in the midst of losing, with a couple of spotlight appearances from the humbly anointed 1 percent. At album’s outset (“In The Beginning”), Snider credits the church with sustaining peace by noting that “We still need religion to keep the poor from killing the rich.” From there, it’s on to the certainty of warped karma (“Good things happen to bad people,” he sings in “New York Banker.”), to a remarkable reworking of “West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown” (possibly the album’s most acerbic song, and from the pen of Jimmy Buffett... no, really), and a slew of stories inspired by the world at large, writ small and barbed, in a manner both penetrating and empathetic. There’s one happy love song, called “Brenda,” about Snider’s favorite couple, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

Joe Ely
In 2000, Ely had two live recordings in release. His 1990 solo acoustic appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival in the U.K. resulted in the six-song EP Live at the Cambridge Folk Festival on BBC/Strange Fruit Records in Great Britain. And he signed to Rounder, which released his third full-length concert collection, Live @ Antone's, in June. His band for the shows, taped in January 1999, consisted of returning members Jesse Taylor and Lloyd Maines, along with Teye, bassist Gary Herman, drummer Rafael O'Malley Gayol, and accordion player Joel Guzman. The album reached the Billboard country chart. The Flatlanders, meanwhile, had taken another step toward reconstitution by launching a national tour in the late winter of 2000. In May 2002, Ely, Gilmore, and Hancock finally re-formed the Flatlanders for a new full-length album, Now Again, released by New West Records. Ely co-wrote 12 of the 14 songs and produced the set, which reached the Top 20 of the Billboard country chart. Ely's 11th studio album, Streets of Sin, was released in July 2003. It reached the Billboard country chart. Having waited 30 years between their first and second albums, the Flatlanders were ready with their third, Wheels of Fortune, within two years. Again produced by Ely, it was released in January 2004 and spent 11 weeks in the Billboard country chart. Among the four Ely compositions on the disc was "Indian Cowboy," a song he had not previously recorded, but which had been recorded over the years by Guy Clark, Tom Russell, Townes Van Zandt, and Katy Moffatt. Six months later, there was another Flatlanders album, the archival Live '72.

Ely had sat out the second Los Super Seven album, Canto, in 2001, but he returned for 2005's Heard It on the X. Leaving Rounder, he founded his own record label, Rack 'Em Records, and in February 2007 released his 12th studio album, Happy Songs from Rattlesnake Gulch. The same month, the University of Texas Press released his book of memoirs of life on the road, Bonfire of Roadmaps. That spring, he embarked on a tour with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark. At the same time, in April, Rack 'Em had its second release, Silver City, an acoustic collection of early Ely compositions in newly recorded performances featuring only Ely and accordionist Joel Guzman. Ely and Guzman were co-credited on Rack 'Em's third release, Live Cactus!, which appeared in March 2008. Ely returned to the studio in 2010. Those sessions resulted in the album Satisfied at Last, his first record of new material in four years. It was issued by Rack 'Em in 2011. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Midas Whale
Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes met at an open mic in 2010 and decided to band together for music and occasional gold mining. They formed their duo Midas Whale in their hometown of Rexburg, Idaho. The only thing they love more than jangley acoustic guitars and accordion solos, though, is adding some rock and roll to it. And maybe Jennifer Lawrence.

The first thing Jon and Ryan did with the help o...f their friends was assemble a rock opera that blew up half of Idaho. So they left for LA to bring their talents and guitars to a place with less volcanic activity and more music activity. Their dreams are to make their own style of music and overcome some adversity that leaves them stronger yet still attractive. They auditioned for The Voice because they heard Kate Middleton watches it and they want to co-marry her.
Ray Bertolino
A product of central California’s surf/skate culture, Ray’s early musical influences stemmed from San Francisco’s punk rock scene. As Ray’s musical ability grew, so did his passion for song writing. Stumbling around the 80s trying to find his musical identity, he met guitar player Steve Sippel and the two would go on to form the band Lovers and Strangers. The band developed a strong regional following through the 90s and early 2000s.

After tiring from the indie/club scene, Lovers and Strangers called it quits in 2002. Ray found his niche in writing songs and producing music from his home recording studio in Las Vegas. After reuniting with his long time friend George Edwards, Ray was convinced that song writing was still his strongest musical asset. Through George, Ray was introduced to Brad Madix who agreed to produce, arrange and mix Ray’s forthcoming release “RE-CREATION.” To record, Ray hired long time bay area keyboard player Chris Rieger and Las Vegas studio/Blue Man group players-Corky Gainsford, Michael Kelly and Mike Szuter.

The decision to get back on stage was an easy one once Ray met veteran Las Vegas drummer/producer Mike Fouts, musical whiz kid keyboard player Mik Shaffer, bicoastal studio bass player Mike Avila and Los Angeles transplant Mike Harris on guitar to form The Forget Me Nots.

Ray Bertolino and The Forget Me Nots offer a heartfelt brand of Americana put to music with topics ranging from the economic strife plaguing the world today (American Way) to catchy love songs (Heads in the Clouds) Ray take’s a very organic approach highlighting piano and organ using very straight forward guitar tones and lush backing vocals but it’s the band’s hard work ethics and nothing good come easy attitude that makes them something to watch for now and in the years to follow.

Victor Krummenacher
Victor Krummenacher is a San Francisco based songwriter, guitarist, and bassist; he is a founding member of the alternative rock band Camper Van Beethoven.  Victor has an active solo career, he is a member of the Monks of Doom, and continues to record and perform with Camper Van Beethoven.

Camper Van Beethoven was formed in the early 1980's when Victor met David Lowery.  The band's early albums enjoyed critical success.  CVB signed with Virgin Records in 1987 and released two albums "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart" and "Key Lime Pie".  CVB took a break in 1990, they returned to touring and writing new music in 1999.  Camper Van Beethoven continues to actively tour and released their latest album "La Costa Perdida" in early 2013.

The Monks of Doom was formed in 1987 by CVB members Victor Krummenacher, Chris Pederson and Greg Lisher as a side project to explore and experiment with other styles of music.  The Monks of Doom released 5 albums between 1987 and 1995.  After a hiatus they released a covers album "What's Left for Kicks" in 2004, they are currently working on a new album.  Krummenacher also makes occasional forays with the duo McCabe and Mrs. Miller, featuring children's recording star Alison Levy.  They released an album together in 2009 called "Time for Leaving."

Victor's solo career began with the release of the album Out In the Heat in 1995.  Since that time, he has released 6 more critically acclaimed albums, some on Magnetic, the label he once ran with Camper violinist Jonathan Segel, or on his own imprint, Veritas.  Krummenacher's albums have featured guest performances by Dave Alvin, Chuck Prophet and Carla Bozulich among others.  Longtime collaborator Bruce Kaphan has worked on all of Victor's recordings, and much of his recent work has been anchored by the rhythm section of John Hanes and Paul Olguin.  2012's "I Was a Nightmare, But I'm Not Going To Go There" is Victor's latest solo release, an album of covers featuring a mix of classic singer songwriter's work alongside more oblique selections of punk rock songs and jazz and blues standards.
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