Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to Headline Bristol Rhythm 2014

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE - JEFF TWEEDYBristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is over-the-moon ecstatic to announce groundbreaking singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy will join their already impressive 2014 lineup.

"Having Jeff Tweedy at the festival with Emmylou Harris and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience is the perfect trifecta of amazing talent," said Leah Ross, executive director of Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. "These artists, and many others on our roster, are groundbreaking, inspirational, and timeless. We are privileged to have them at our festival in September."

Fans of Tweedy will remember Uncle Tupelo's haunting rendition of The Carter Family's "No Depression in Heaven" on the band's first album, No Depression, in 1990. The homage is further evidence of the far-reaching impact of The Carter Family's lasting influence across the generations and genres.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is held annually the third weekend of September over three days. This year's festival dates are September 19-21, marking the event's 14th anniversary.

Jeff Tweedy: Jeff Tweedy is “one of the most daring songwriters of his generation” and his band Wilco is “vital, adventurous...breaking new stylistic ground with each ambitious and creatively restless album.” Salon.com

As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers.

Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series.

Tweedy has had a firm hand in producing all of Wilco’s eight studio albums, and over the past decade has created “the Wilco loft,” a state-of-the-art recording studio and rehearsal space on Chicago’s North Side “where eccentric vintage instruments sit side by side with near classics . . . industrial-grade shelves filled to the ceiling with guitar cases and amps. Everywhere you look, there are instruments.”- Fretboard Journal

In addition to his work with Wilco, Tweedy tours frequently as a solo artist, playing intimate unscripted acoustic sets that draw from his 400-plus song repertoire. A departure from Wilco’s carefully orchestrated, sonically complex performances, Tweedy’s solo concerts showcase his prolific output as a songwriter, his proficiency as a guitarist, his charismatic and compelling stage presence, and his wry sense of humor.

Tweedy is scheduled to appear Saturday, September 20, 2014, during the three-day music festival. The Bristol date is part of his summer-long solo tour of the United States, promoting his new solo CD release.

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