2010 Headlining Artists: Gamble Rogers Folk Festival

Headlining artists for this year’s festival include includes Grammy award winners, major motion picture actors/songwriters, and folk & bluegrass legends. Headliners are Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Loudon Wainwright III, John Cowan Band, Pierce Pettis, Janis Ian, Greg Brown, Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Michael Johnathon, Michael Smith, Ellis Paul, Mark Erelli, Danny Schmidt, Pieta Brown, Doug & Telisha Williams, Cheryl Wheeler, The Farewell Drifters, Antje Duvekot and David Wilcox. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Camping spots will be available for Friday & Saturday nights. $70 for a tent only spot & $80 for RV & tent spots. Camping price includes both days. Camping sites can accommodate up to 8 people per site & can be purchased where tickets are sold.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 4th at 10:00 a.m. Advance tickets can be purchased locally at Music Matters on State Road 312, the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office, or online at or

Ticket Prices are: Advance – 3 Day $59.50

Friday Night $29.50

Saturday Daytime $19.50

Saturday Night $29.50

Sunday Daytime $19.50

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Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys – – After 55 years in the business, he’s still the best banjo picker and tenor singer in bluegrass music. As a recording artist, he has performed on more than 170 albums, tapes, and CDs. In 2003, he shared with his friend Jim Lauderdale a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. The year before that, he won Grammys for Best Country Male Vocalist Performance (beating out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Lyle Lovett and Ryan Adams) and Album of the Year (for his part in the O Brother, Where Art Thou? collection). In 2001, he was the subject of an admiring profile in the New Yorker. In January, 2000, Stanley became the first artist of the new millennium to be inducted into the historic Grand Ole Opry. He holds the Living Legend award from the Library of Congress and was the first recipient of the Traditional American Music award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. One of his proudest achievements is the honorary doctorate in music Lincoln Memorial University conferred on him in 1976.

The Virginia Press Association named Stanley “Virginian Of The Year” in March, 2004, an honor that placed him in the company of novelist William Styron, Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham and fellow musicians June Carter Cash and Bruce Hornsby. And most recently, he was selected by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia as the 2008 Outstanding Virginian.

So respected is Stanley as a musical stylist that dozens of other major artists have recorded duets with him, among them Bob Dylan, George Jones, Vince Gill, Randy Owen, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Joan Baez, Pam Tillis and Porter Wagoner.

Loudon Wainwright – Grammy Nominee Loudon Wainwright III masterfully combines humor, wit, melancholy, anger and insight into songs which take his audiences on an emotional roller coaster ride. Loudon Wainwright III has recorded 20 albums, has been nominated for two Grammy awards and his songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and most recently by son Rufus Wainwright. He has also written commentaries and topical songs for NPR, The New York Times and ABC’s “Nightline.”

Wainwright’s storied song history has received much critical acclaim over the years. Q magazine cited him as “one of the greatest lyricists of the age.” The New York Times wrote of him, “Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.” And the New York Observer added, “Mr. Wainwright is one of the few artists who has actually gotten better as he’s gotten older.” In addition to music, Loudon has appeared in several major motion pictures & TV shows. A complete list can be found at

Janis Ian – Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature. Ella Fitzgerald called her “The best young singer in America”. She wrote “Stars”, which was recorded by artists as diverse as Mel Torme and Cher; and the seminal “At Seventeen”, a song that brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered). The song’s album, Between the Lines, was also a smash and hit #1 on Billboard’s Album chart. It was quickly certified Gold and later earned a ‘Platinum’ certification for sales of over one million copies sold in the US. She is also an accomplished author. “Society’s Child: My Autobiography”, has already gotten stellar reviews; O Magazine called it “Hugely readable” and recommended it as one of 27 “must-reads” this summer. Mojo Magazine gives it a four star review, and Booklist a starred review that ends with “painfully candid, and hard to put down.” She returned to the music business with 1992’s “Breaking Silence”, which immediately garnered her ninth Grammy nomination.

John Cowan – Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N’ Rollgrass…true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries and personify innovation. John’s ability to take audiences on a musical journey through multiple genres has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation. John Cowan rose to fame when he became the lead singer for New Grass Revival. He and band mates Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass…Newgrass! He recorded a series of critically acclaimed albums spanning the musical spectrum, often bending and blending genres.

Pierce Pettis – Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. Pettis has appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage, been featured on NPR’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe … appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 Country Music Award from ASCAP for You Move Me — His release “Great Big World” has been called “a masterpiece” and “his best yet”. His new album, “That Kind of Love” has received great critical acclaim from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, American Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly & was ranked at #2 nationally, for three weeks in the Roots Music Report for folk releases.

Greg Brown – Greg Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including “One Big Town”, recorded in 1989, which earned Brown three and a half stars in Rolling Stone, chart-topping status in AAA and The Gavin Report’s Americana rankings and Brown’s first Indie Award from NAIRD. His critically acclaimed 1996 release, Further In, was a finalist for the same award. Rolling Stone’s four-star review of Further In called Brown “a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.” 1997’s Slant 6 Mind earned Brown his second Grammy nomination.

Patty Larkin – Patty is a rare combination of talents. Over her 10 CD history, she has honed a reputation as a “musician’s musician”, working with some of the brightest talents in American music. Long a favorite with critics, Patty is that unique level of artistic sophistication – one that her audiences have come to appreciate and her new fans will love. Patty Larkin has achieved a personal best with “Watch the Sky.” The ever evolving artist has continued to search for a new voice, a fresh palate.

Catie Curtis – Catie Curtis has been a fan favorite on the acoustic music scene for a number of years now. Her well-deserved reputation as one of our very best singer/songwriters has followed her through nine critically-acclaimed recordings. With her tenth and newest project, Hello Stranger, released in August 2009, she gifts her loyal fan base and entices new listeners with a recording that captures some of the magic of her live performances.

Michael Johnathon – Michael Johnathon is a folksinger, songwriter, concert performer; author … and now playwright … who has a worldwide radio audience approaching a million listeners each week. Billboard Magazine headlined him as an “UnSung Hero.” He has been featured on CNN, TNN, CMT, AP, Headline News, NPR, Bravo and the BBC”

Michael Smith – Michael Smith a friend of Gamble Rogers, travels constantly, playing concert halls and house concerts, clubs and festivals including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, & Victory Gardens. He has also worked with Corky Siegel and John Prine and even played a concert with Pete Seeger. Michael probably most famous for writing the music for the Steppenwolf production of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath which toured the world including a stint on Broadway. Michael also won four Joseph Jefferson awards, Chicago’s equivalent of the Antoinette Perry.

Mark Erelli – For the last 10 years, over the course of six albums and countless miles traveled from coffeehouse to house concert to listening room, Erelli has made himself the veritable James Brown of Unitarian church basements. He’s “the hardest working man in folk business” and one of the most respected singer-songwriters on the circuit. Beyond his solo career, he has also fashioned himself into one of the most in-demand instrumental sidemen, touring with Lori McKenna and gaining strong attention as a writer, performing in Nashville song circles and backstage pickin’ parties with the likes of Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and others.

Danny Schmidt – Danny Schmidt is a writer’s writer, with a lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter. Upon winning the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award in 2007, Sing Out Magazine tagged Schmidt “the best new songwriter we’ve heard in 15 years.” Just one man sitting alone on stage with his acoustic guitar and his poetry, in the timeless troubadour tradition, his musical influences draw from deeply-rooted Appalachian mountain gospel to haunted English balladry, from syncopated Piedmont country blues to vagabond 60’s protest folk-stumpery. But it all boils down to just great songwriting, in a singular style all his own. Not to be missed.

Pieta Brown – Pieta Brown’s most notable accomplishments include the sublime record ‘Remember The Sun’, & 2005’s critically acclaimed ‘In the Cool’. ‘Remember The Sun’ landed at #2 on music critic Michael Ross’ list for the Village Voice’s 35th Annual Critic’s Poll, and the Wall Street Journal included it in their list of the best of 2007. She recently released a new EP, entitled “Flight Time”, which landed on critic’s lists as well (No Depression Individual Critic’s Picks of 2008).

Doug & Telisha Williams – Doug and Telisha Williams write and sing songs about dying small towns, they know what they’re talking about. When you hear them sing songs about a couple of hard luck kids who made some bad decisions and wound up in jail, you’ve got to remember that Doug & Telisha are still good friends with those kid’s family. The songs for their latest record, Ghost of the Knoxville Girl, weren’t written by people who like to imagine what it’s like “out there,” instead they came from stories told across kitchen tables or between friends after a couple of pitchers at the Ten Pin.

David Wilcox – David Wilcox’s songs travel. they offer up fascinating new places and ideas, along with time to drink in their meaning. At his personal half-century mark, Wilcox offers a thoughtful musical perspective informed by more than two decades of touring. With this, his 13th album, he again delivers what his audiences want: music that connects with their hearts and souls, while opening new doors of experience.

Ellis Paul – Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of fifteen years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.

Antje Duvekot – Antje Duvekot (AN-tyuh DOO-va-kot) is a German-born, American-raised singer-songwriter who has risen to the top of the competitive Boston singer-songwriter scene. Look for her new release coming February “the near demise of the high wire dancer.”

Cheryl Wheeler – Legendary as both a performer and a songwriter (“Addicted” was a #1 country hit for Dan Seals, and “Aces” was a top ten country hit for Suzy Bogguss), Wheeler, as Boston Globe writer Scott Alarik describes, “writes some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene.

The Farewell Drifters – A youthful, yet refined quintet, the Farewell Drifters are clearly a band with something to say. Their admiration for first generation folk music and bluegrass is clear in their acoustic presentation, but they have pushed the limits to include modern influences, putting their own stamp on these traditional genres. They are known for their stellar musicianship, soaring harmonies, and insightful songwriting as exemplified in their current release, Sweet Summer Breeze.

Sam Pacetti –

Friday, April 30, 6:00 pm- 10:30 pm

Loudon Wainwright III, Cheryl Wheeler

Saturday DAY, May 1 – 11:00 am-6:00 pm

Antje Duvekot, David Wilcox, Doug & Telisha Williams, Danny Schmidt, Ellis Paul,

Janis Ian, Mark Erelli, Michael Smith, Michael Johnathon, Pierce Pettis, Sam Pacetti

Saturday NIGHT May 1 – Lightner Museum 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, Janis Ian

Saturday NIGHT May 1 – Flagler College Auditorium 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Ralph Stanley & Clinch Mountain Boys

Sunday DAY – 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, John Cowan Band, Farewell Drifters, Janis Ian- Master Class

Spanish Quarter & De Mesa-Sanchez Yard, 29 St. George Street

Arrivas Yard, 46 St. George Street

The Government House, 48 King Street

The Mill Top Tavern, 19 ½ St. George Street

Tradewinds Tropical Lounge, 124 Charlotte Street

Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street

Lightner Museum, 75 King Street

West Garden of the Government House Downtown St. Augustine


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