Friday, Jan. 13
Stoney LaRue. One of Red-Dirt Country’s finest, Stoney LaRue knows a thing or two about life on the road. Playing 300 shows a year has earned him a deservedly devoted following. Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Larue serves up emotionally honest Texas country spiked with the beer-drinking swagger of heartland rock. His fourth album, Velvet, was released in August to critical acclaim, topping the Texas Country charts for four straight weeks. Give him a shot if you haven’t already. Stoney goes down smooth!
Jason Boland and The Stragglers. Celebrated for their blue-collar country, Jason Boland and his band make the kind of country music that’ll take you back a decade or two. Steel guitars and Boland’s baritone sound brand new amidst a modern-day sea of slick, overproduced singles. Sure, they lit up the Texas charts with their new album Mary Ellen’s Greenhouse, but playing to dance halls full of folks ‘”drinkin’ cheap bourbon whiskey and wearin’ pearl-snap shirts” is where these guys get their work done!
D.L. Marble. Up-and-coming Alt-Country/Americana artist D.L. Marble, currently calls Durango — just 60 miles west of Outlaw Snowdown country — home. A native Arizona cowboy and working man, Marble’s songs are reflective of his life, the people he’s known and the times we all live in. With his debut album released in December, it’ll be even easier for Marble to share his brand of modern roots rock and folksy country ballads with the world. D.L. has opened for Clay Walker, Gretchen Wilson and Lucas Nelson.
Saturday, Jan. 14
Supersuckers. The self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock & Roll Band in the World” have been working their fiercely-loyal fan base into a frenzy for 25 years now. Even though the Seattle-based band is primarily a rock act, their 1997 Alt-Country album “Must’ve Been High” continues to be one of the group’s most popular records. The Supersuckers have recorded with Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Eddie Vedder and Kelley Deal of The Breeders. The Supersuckers are super.
Hellbound Glory. This insurgent-country quartet from Reno first unleashed their brand of “scumbag” country in 2004 and haven’t slowed down since. Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Leroy Virgil writes the songs and is the conductor of the hellbound train that is the band’s rowdy, “off the rails” show. No radio-ready pop country here. Instead, Hellbound Glory’s sound takes up where original outlaw country singers like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard left off. You. Will. Love. This. Band.
Lydia Loveless. An Ohio farm-girl who’s done a lot of livin’ in her 21 years, Lydia Loveless’ music could be likened to a harvest of her experiences thus far. With country roots (her dad owned a honky tonk) and a rebellious streak (she was a fixture in Columbus’ underground punk scene by 14), Lydia comes armed with the ammunition to shoot to the top of your list of raw, honest and real music makers. Her voice is powerful, the energy is high and the bottom line is … the girl rocks. Hard.
Sunday, Jan. 15
The Band of Heathens. When three principal singer/songwriters decide to start a band like Ed Jurdi, Colin Brooks and Gordy Quist did, you end up with a whole lot of talent in one little group. Featured at Lollapalooza and other top festivals, the band puts on an unparalleled live show. The BoH has also appeared on Austin City Limits with Elvis Costello, was nominated by the Americana Music Association for “Best Group of the Year” in 2010 and recorded a new live album “Double Down in Denver” in October.
Elizabeth Cook. Whip-smart and wicked-funny, Cook hosts her own radio show on Sirius’ Outlaw Country, clogs and plays the Grand Ole Opry on the regular. Rumor has it, a recent Letterman appearance caught Hollywood’s attention and she may even have a sitcom in the works. And then there’s that album, “Welder,” produced by the legendary Don Was, that she put out to critical acclaim in 2010. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it one of the Top 25 albums of the year. We concur.
The Ben Miller Band. This three-man band from Joplin, Mo., call the music they make — a mix of old style blues, zydeco, folk and hip-hop with a driving beat — “Mudstomp.” We call it fun. To watch these guys get after it is to be entertained. With multi-instrumentalist Miller on lead vocals, slide guitar, harmonica and foot percussion; Scott Leeper on washtub bass and backing vocals, and Doug Dicharry on washboard, drums, trombone and backing vocals, you better believe these boys make some noise!
Outlaw Snowdown schedule
Friday, Jan. 13.
Après Ski Session at Kip’s with Chris Rapp, 3 p.m.
Main Stage: D.L. Marble, 5 p.m.
Main Stage: Jason Boland, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage: Stoney Larue, 8:30 p.m.
After Party at Bear Creek Saloon with Eddie Spaghetti, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 14
Après Ski Session at Kip’s with Brooks-i, 3 p.m.
Main Stage: Lydia Loveless, 5 p.m.
Main Stage: Hellbound Glory, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage: Supersuckers, 8:30 p.m.
After Party at Bear Creek Saloon with The Statesboro Review, 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 15
Après Ski Session at Kip’s with Payne & Richter, 3 p.m.
Main Stage: Ben Miller Band, 5 p.m.
Main Stage: Elizabeth Cook, 6:30 p.m.
Main Stage: The Band of Heathens, 8:30 p.m.
After Party at Bear Creek Saloon with Tim Carroll, 10:30 p.m.