Frankie Banjo

Frankie Banjo

WRF2018 Frankie Banjo Frankie “Frankie Banjo” Alibro was raised in the drained swamps of Southwest Florida, where he learned to play ragtime piano at a young age. He always knew his life would involve music and travel, but he didn’t know it would involve seeing the country from the inside of every dive bar. As…

The Ford Theatre Reunion

The Ford Theatre Reunion

WRF2018 The Ford Theatre Reunion Citing influences as diverse as punk, balkan, jazz, metal, nightmares, and wet dreams, Lexington, Kentucky’s Ford Theatre Reunion creates a sound that defies easy definition. In one moment ethereal vocals drift over flighty clarinet and melancholy accordion, and in the next moment it’s a full-bore, guitar-snarling rock n’ roll assault.…

Eric Sommer

WRF2018 Eric Sommer Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points. Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist…

Dusty Rust

Dusty Rust

WRF2018 Dusty Rust The Kansas City Cowboy, Dusty Rust has called Kansas City home for the last 3 years; originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest. His unique take on Honky Tonk brings a lot of twang to the urban streets and taverns where he’s often heard, paying homage to the greats that harken back to…

Dig Deep

WRF2018 Dig Deep Dig Deep is a four-piece string band based out of Wisconsin that has in a very short time become a truly unique voice and a cornerstone of the thriving Midwest roots community. Through tireless full-time touring throughout the upper Midwest and across the country, the release of an acclaimed debut album, numerous high-profile…

Dead Man String Band

Dead Man String Band

WRF2018 Dead Man String Band   Not so fresh from the grave comes Dead Man String Band the one man rock roots sideshow. Amping up from the one man bands of the familiar, dead man presents it in a way where if you weren’t watching it you’d think a 4 piece band was playing. With…

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy

WRF2018 Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY is a high-energy “Brass ‘n’ Grass” sextet from Wichita, KS. The band, whose sound has been described as “…a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their…

Caleb Ryan Martin

Caleb Ryan Martin

WRF2018 Caleb Ryan Martin Caleb Ryan Martin has according to one reviewer, “a lonesome voice and rhythm that can at times invoke a lonesome ramblin’ man sound, a voice that will haunt you with some type of mysterious mountain holler sound, like a banshee singing in the nether woods.” Caleb Ryan Martin, an acoustic bluegrass,…

Blackgrass Gospel

Blackgrass Gospel

WRF2018 Blackgrass Gospel A mandolin, a guitar, drums, a banjo, raspy vocals and slamming upright bass converge on one shadow-filled stage. Its all the makings of what one would expect to be an emblematic bluegrass and Americana show – and then, defying all the expectation, the dark lyrics emerge, some renderings of this bands trademark…

Black Irish Texas

Black Irish Texas

WRF2018 Black Irish Texas Austin-based seven-piece Black Irish Texas reside in the sweet spot where country and Irish pub punk cohabitate perfectly. Formed in 2004, they have spent over ten years earning a place as a staple in the Austin live roots scene, sharing the stage with Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs, and many more. But…