- WMNF Americana Fest
August 10, 2019
6:00 pm - 11:55 pm
The WMNF Americana Fest is our annual summer evening of showcases by alt-country and roots rock bands. Six great bands play this year.
6:00-6:35 The Wandering Hours
6:50-7:35 Cadillac Cowboys
7:50 – 8:35 Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets
8:50:- 9:35 Hanna Harber and the Lionhearts
9:50:10:50 Sarah Shook and The Disarmers
11:05 -12: Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers The Bloodshot artist is one of the brightest new alt-country stars “Shook bucks both Nashville’s mainstream and the overly self-aware Americana scene…a believable transformation of country’s vintage melancholy. — The New York Times
This is outlaw country in the classical sense — hard-driving songs about hard living and deep regrets. Shook leads the way with forthright lyrics that refuse to give her a pass for the pain she’s caused others — or vice-versa. — Wide Open Country
Honest to a fault and as foul-mouthed as a drunken sailor, she’s a nonconforming spitfire who’s proud of not fitting in with mainstream country music. — Rolling Stone Photo by John Gessner
Matt Woods and the Natural Disasters – Matt Woods has long been a great friend of WMNF and we are excited that he is bringing a band to WMNF’s Americana Fest. His burly, emotional vocal stylings and impressive acoustic guitar work are only part of what happens when he is on the stage.A Matt Woods show isn’t just a set of great songs, it’s in-your-face theater–sometimes verging on a public exorcism. He breaks down the barrier between artist and audience; stepping in front of the microphone to shout (and sometimes whisper) his lyrics to the audience. He’s a force of songwriting nature who can match his stories with inspired performances.
Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts were one of the highlights at The Gasparilla Music Fest:
Orlando band Hannah Harber and the Lionhearts provided one of the best performances of the weekend, with Harber and company tearing through a set of twangy southern rock. Harber’s voice was a powerful gritty twang that matched her intensity onstage. With “Slow Leak,” the band erupted from a slow blues grind to hard rocking chorus, showcasing the band’s versatility. Harber and company play soft and soulful well, such as “Sorry Darling,” the mid-tempo rock song about alcohol abuse, but never go long without bursting into raw powerful rock. – Glide Magazine
Hannah Harber’s Thursday night, late-August Rock the Hub set on a rain-soaked weeknight was the kind of rock and roll cave-bar experience one doesn’t forget, but holy shit did it feel even better in the blazing hot sun of the Florida “spring.” Flanked by a four-piece band that included husband Thomas Wynn, Harber harnessed what felt like every ounce of the already existent country and rock inside of her and them amplified it tenfold during a set that was nearly tantamount to getting struck by lightning. I once saw Margo Price (then touring with a backing band she called the Pricetags) play GMF in this time slot, and I wouldn’t be surprised if one lucky break sent this Florida native on a similar path to success. —Ray Roa, Creative Loafing
Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets – Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets’ new album is out and it is great! Her previous album TraLaLa was the msot played album on WMNF when it came out six years ago. Rebekah’s sultry, seasoned voice has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. Her songwriting, live performances, and recordings have wryly evolved, tapping roots-rock, blues, old-school country & western, jazz, and even gospel earning her 7 ‘Best Of The Bay’ awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing. Her original songs are potent shots of reality, sugar coated in melodies that are the kind you wish you had found first. Rebekah was raised in a musical household on wheels (aka: Winnebago) with her nine siblings throughout rural Alaska, East Texas, and Washington State. A self taught guitarist, she gained an ear for music by listening to her father play his rockabilly style guitar with country greats such as Charlie Ryan with whom he recorded the original version of Hot Rod Lincoln.
The Cadillac Cowboys – The Cadillac Cowboys – Ken Carlyle, T.J Weger, Eric “Flycatcher” Carlson, Don Cox, and Joe Martin – provide an infectious mix of original and classic songs deeply rooted in the style they like to call Gulf Coast Gumbo, a mixture of Americana, Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass and Zydeco. Somewhere near the intersection of “Bon Ton Rouler” and the Clinch Mountain Back Step, you will find the Cowboys serving up their musical gumbo. Their unique sound incorporates blazing fiddle, mournful steel guitar and rollicking accordion served alongside hot guitar licks and a kicking rhythm section.
The Wandering Hours – They are the perfect band to kick off Americana Fest to set the stage for our evening of roots music. Their music draws from folk traditions and postmodern thinking alike with topics ranging from the perpetuity of time to good ole drinking songs. Banjo, mandolin guitar and foot percussion underscore the band’s thoughtful lyrics and story telling. And they can get you dancing.