Moe Bandy

The Westport Saloon brings the best roots concerts to Kansas City every day, and the jewel in the crown returns in May with the 2017 iteration of the Westport Roots Festival.  There’s no better time to welcome back to Kansas City some honky tonk royalty:  Moe Bandy.  A mainstay on the country music charts from…

Dale Watson

The Westport Roots Festival is proud to feature Dale Watson, the original tattooed troubadour and godfather of Ameripolitan, the movement to keep country music in touch with its roots.  Dale has spent decades writing and performing the kind of country music he grew up listening to in Texas in the 60’s and 70’s – the…


The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash will be performing at the Westport Roots Festival, the Ameripolitan Music Awards-nominated roots music extravaganza coming up this May in Kansas City, and we couldn’t be more excited.  The BSOJC were founded by Mark Stuart in San Diego in 1995, and they have been raising country Cain at music festivals and…

Jesse Dayton

The Westport Roots Festival is run, hosted, and worked by passionate fans of all styles of American roots music.  It’s a wide variety of music, and we all had to start somewhere.  For most of us, that start came from country music, often of the outlaw variety.  When we come across a modern musician playing…


Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers

Ameripolitan Music Awards nominee The Westport Roots Festival is proud to present the Legendary Shack Shakers at the 2017 festival.  Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky, the Legendary Shack Shakers buck conventional wisdom of what roots music should be.  They call their style “Southern Gothic”, and it is a one-of-a-kind happening.  For twenty years, they have filled albums with…


Shawn James and The Shapeshifters

Out of Fayetteville, Arkansas, these guys embody the meaning of progressive roots music. These guys have a tremendous following in roots scene as well as the metal scene. For fans of The Goddamn Gallows, Black Sabbath, Ozark Mountain Daredevils and real moonshine.





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The Goddamn Gallows

The Goddamn Gallows are the most metal roots act in the game. With the recent re addition of Jayke Orvis on Mandolin, this group of guys know how bring the house down. GDG plays ferocious punk rock twinged metal one traditional instruments. Upright, accordion and washboard accompany rockabilly/surf guitar as the backing mayhem for brutal…

Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band

Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band were pioneers in the neo- roots movement in the past 10 years with a cult like following. We’re bringing them back for one more show. Click here to read more about 2017’s only reunion for this very missed band!

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Tanya Montana Coe

Genre bending daughter of a country outlaw legend.

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The Hooten Hallers

The Hooten Hallers – guitarist/singer John Randall, drummer Andy Rehm, and saxophonist Kellie Everett (yeah you read that right) are a blues rock wrecking crew, pumping out up-tempo jams locked in overdrive a la Scott H. Biram and James Leg.  This Columbia, Missouri trio has earned a lot of love and accolades all over the country…