Black Deer Festival has announced the second selection of artists who will be taking to the stages in Kent this June. Joining the already-announced Wilco, The Waterboys, The Dead South, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Felice Brothers, will be the likes of Shooter Jennings, Wildwood Kin, Jade Bird, Saving Grace (featuring Robert Plant and Suzi Dian) amongst many more.
Saving Grace is a co-operative featuring Robert Plant & Suzi Dian (vocals), Oli Jefferson (percussion), Tony Kelsey (mandolin, baritone & acoustic guitars) and Matt Worley (banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars and cuatro). These five musicians work in glorious harmony from start to finish, reworking a selection of diverse cover material that has been collected from various places creating a musical journey in its truest form. Furthermore, this odyssey has been undertaken in the spirit of appreciation, musicianship and exultation.
Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Imelda May will bring her unique vocal talent to the festival. Her career spans seventeen years and includes collaborations with such musical heavyweights as Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck and Jools Holland. Dubbed ‘the other queen of Ireland’ by Bono, Imelda is providing a strong case to become Irish royalty with the recent success of her brilliant Life Love Flesh Blood album – co-produced by roots legend T Bone Burnett.
Born in Northumberland, Jade Bird exploded onto the music scene at an early age. Her debut EP ‘Something American’ was released and soon followed by her self-titled album, which includes songs such as ‘Love Has All Been Done Before and ‘Uh Huh’. In 2019, Bird won the International Breakthrough award at the AIM Independent Music Awards and was invited on a US tour with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and Father John Misty.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real is an American country rock act based in California. Lukas follows in father Willie Nelson’s footsteps taking to the front of stage on vocals and guitar. Promise of the Real have been Neil Young’s regular backing band since 2015 and have achieved several platinum selling collaborations. Newest release, Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) follows Lukas’ high-profile collaboration with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper on 2018’s blockbuster film and soundtrack, the multi-award winning ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack.
Sam Duckworth / Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly from Southend, Essex has been releasing music for fourteen years, totalling six studio album releases. His catalogue includes four top 10 singles, two top 40 albums and a gold certified plaque for the seminal “Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager”. Making his eagerly anticipated return to performing live this year, Sam Duckworth will be performing both past favourites and new songs.
Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from South Carolina. Consisting of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, the duo have released seven studios albums since 2008. In 2012 the pair worked with Dualtone Records and released the Album, O’ Be Joyful. In January 2013, Shovels & Rope made their network television debut playing the song ‘Birmingham’ on The Late Show With David Letterman, opening up their fanbase and making them an international name to look out for.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Shooter Jennings is an American singer-songwriter best known for his rocky side of country music and his hits ‘The Gunslinger’ and ‘Outlaw You’. Jennings has released seven albums including his debut Put The “O” Back In Country. Shooter has worked with big hitters including Billy Ray Cyrus, Wanda Jackson and Deana Carter and co-wrote and produced Guns ‘n’ Roses legend Duff McKagen’s 2019 solo record.
Birds of Chicago are married duo Allison Russell and JT Nero. Birds Of Chicago were founded in 2012 in Chicago, Illinois and have released three studio albums and one live album. In 2018, Birds Of Chicago released their latest studio, Love In Wartime. More recently Allison Russell joined forces with Americana leading light Rhiannon Giddens as part of the 2019 Grammy-nominated Our Native Daughters project.
UK Alt-folk trio Wildwood Kin is made up of sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Lonely. Each song on their debut album Turning Tides was built around a message that suits the band as can be heard on ‘The Crown’ which questions if politicians would actually stand for their beliefs if they had no power.
Black Deer is not just about hearing the music you love, it’s about discovering music you’re going to love and experiencing the unique cultural richness that surrounds this popular way of life we call Americana. The natural ingredients that complete this simple melting pot can all be found at Black Deer – from authentic smokehouse BBQ cooking and a righteous Sunday gospel brunch to the thrill of custom motorcycle culture and a connection with nature to inspire the young folk, the festival is a community gathering for those who love to get it together in the country.