Monterey Americana Music Festival
Monterey Fairgrounds ~ Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday June 22nd & Sunday June 23rd, 2013


Line Up

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Yoakam’s latest Warner Bros. album, 3 Pears, exemplifies his ability to incorporate multiple, competing influences into a piece of cohesive art. It balances his country core with a fiercely independent embrace of rock, Americana, pop and soul. It blends Yoakam’s respect for his musical predecessors with the collaborative assistance of modern singer/songwriter Beck, who co-produced two tracks, and current rocker Kid Rock, who co-wrote the hooky opener, “Take Hold Of My Hand.” But most importantly, 3 Pears builds on his trademark edginess with a notable, growing positivity.

“The music just kind of dropped in, in that way,” Yoakam reflects. “Music is a bit of a mystery. Like all emotions are. And I think maybe it was something I needed to express and to share with the world at large, something positive when all of us are kind of carrying around this collective, emotional weight.”

Much has been made that the Kentucky-born, Ohio-raised Yoakam was too country for Nashville when he first sought out his musical fortune in the mid-80s, but the truth is his music has always been too unique, too ruggedly individualistic to fit neatly into any one box. Like the icons he so admires --Elvis, Merle, Buck-- Yoakam is one of a kind. He has taken his influences and filtered them into his own potent blend of country and rock that honors his musical predecessors and yet creates something beautifully new. As Vanity Fair declared, “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.” Read more about Dwight Yoakam on his website

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Antsy McClain and
The Trailer Park Troubadours
Singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life.

Staging his live shows from a small, fictitious trailer park called Pine View Heights (patterned after his own childhood surroundings and experiences), McClain is free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

Sharing his mantra of "Enjoy The Ride," McClain has won friendship and collaboration with some of the most talented musicians in the world. With such a wide circle of mentors like Waylon Jennings, Tommy Smothers, guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel and cowboy poet Baxter Black, it's no wonder McClain marches to the beat of a different drum. And his influences don't stop there. His live shows touch upon Country, Rockabilly, Jazz, Swing, and a number of Pop culture references.

McClain's poetry, heart-felt ballads and humorous tales have garnered praise from such artists as Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Lindsay Buckingham, and David Wilcox, to name a few.

After a Nashville record deal proved unfruitful in 1999, McClain took the reins himself and blazed one of the industries first fiercely independent campaigns, producing some of Americana's most innovative projects, and cleverly relying on fan involvement (They call themselves Flamingoheads) to finance each album, and help promote live shows and events. Read more about Antsy McClain on his website

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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.” Read more about Jim Lauderdale on his website

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Hollow Wood
With their debut LP "Spirits" scheduled to release in 2014, Hollow Wood offers a listener both the catchy familiar and the unexpected.

At its core, most would classify Hollow Wood as a "folk" band, but they continue to evolve into a well tuned collective of heart, soul, and musical fluidity that inspires the ears of the listener.  Formed in 2010 in Boise, Idaho, Hollow Wood has grown from three musicians to seven.  After one of its founding members beat leukemia, the band found new inspiration for their debut album. And many of their songs reflect just that: overcoming obstacles, the love of life, and the uncertainty of the future.  The emontionally charged journey that the tracks take a listener on is only rivaled by their live instrumentation that breaths new life into the status quo of their genre.  Morgan Schuler of KEXP in Seattle writes, "Even now, I can remember being wrapped up in it as the crowd cheered, danced, and clapped their way through the set." 

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Casey Frazier

Casey Frazier could sing before he could write his own name. He hit his first snare drum at the age of three, and picked up the guitar at the age of five. It became apparent very early on that the tunesmith was destined for a life of song.

The artful skill of combining well-written lyrics with tried and true musical composition has given Casey opportunities to perform with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Mandy Moore. In 2009, his music was featured in the major motion picture, "Teenage Dirtbag", launching thousands of YouTube hits, covers of "Elysian Fields", and gaining him comparisons to Ryan Adams and Josh Rouse. In March of 2013 Casey released Regal his most honest effort yet. The album can best be described as modern Americana with roots in ‘70s country and alternative rock. From the first note of Cradle to the Grave’s haunting melody to the hopeful chords in Walkin’ a Line, Casey has managed to find a space that is completely his own while still paying homage to those who have come before him.  Read more about Casey Frazier on his website

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