Hinterland Festival 2018 : Photo Recap

It was a first-time journey for me to St. Charles, located in NE Iowa. I was joined by the wife and my two daughters. We packed up our camper and made the 8-hour drive from Indianapolis to the Hinterland Music Festival. It was an epic sojourn, well worth the effort.

Hinterland sets up in a huge, perfect bowl shaped field, funnelling down to the grand stage. It affords excellent views from all angles. The crowd is relaxed and friendly. There is only the slightest bit of countrified, Midwestern festival-goer irony. It’s the polite kind. One showgoer explained his “Fight Farmers Fight” vintage cap to me, “It’s funny because you could read it two ways! Right?!” I recently read that if the nearby Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago was the cool, city mouse fest, then Hinterland sets up perfectly as it’s country mouse cousin. I liked that. It’s a good analogy for the fest, but don’t mistake that to mean that there is anything amateur or backwoods about it. It is a fully professional, perfectly laid out and executed music festival.

The lineup, as I’ve heard it was in years past, was expertly curated. I thought CHRVCHES would be the oddball in a mostly americana-filled card, but they worked in just fine and the crowd responded to them with every bit of enthusiasm as they did for Sturgill Simpson. Rightfully so, to both, as they both put on amazing performances.

Many of the artists could be found roaming the crowd. From a media perspective, the Hinterland PR team was above and beyond accommodating. Artist roamed past the media trailer, and if you were brave enough, you could grab them pretty easily. I made the mistake of scheduling interviews, sadly to have many cancel, and one miss their flight and not make the fest. Still, J Roddy Walston and I had a great sit-down, and Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter.com, and I spent some quality time reminiscing about the good ol’ blog heyday of the mid-2000s.

Camping festivals are often fraught with layout and logistical pitfall: Over-crowded camping areas, muddy/dirty pits and walking areas, long lines in and for restrooms…you know the typical problems…but Hinterland was logistically easy, very clean, and worked by willingly helpful and overly polite staff, volunteers and security.

I’m excited for the 2019 lineup announcement, as I hope to make this one an end-of-summer break family tradition. Enjoy my amateur-ish photos below, but first: A major highlight was Sturgill Simpson and Wheeler Walker Jr. joining Tyler Childers on stage…

Sturgill Simpson

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Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff

Margo Price

Margo Price

Margo Price

Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES

Tyler Childers

CHVRCHES

J Roddy Walston & The Business

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Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Anderson East

Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana

Ancient Posse

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 9/4/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Mountain Man – Rang Tang Ring Toon
Das Body – Graceland
M83 – Kim & Jessie
Babygirl – Soft
The Mountain Goats – Blood Band (Bon Iver cover)
The Beatles – The Ballad Of John & Yoko
J Mascis – See You At The Movies
Reignwolf – Wanna Don’t Wanna
Ava Luna – Childish
Colleen Green – I Wanna Be Ignored
Bun B ft. Run The Jewels – Myself
Milo – Stet
Method Man – Grand Prix
Houndmouth – Golden Age
A-Ha – Take On Me (acoustic)
The Skiffle Players – Local Boy
Andrew Rinehart – Off On A Roll With A Soul
Sunni Colon – Technicolor
Toast – Up At Night
Skylar Spence – Carousel
Kitten – Mercury
Puma Blue – Moon Undah Water
Steven A. Clark – On and On
Rina Sawayama – Cherry
ginla ft. NAIMA – Crown II
Pecas – Tuesday
Yowler – Angel
Human People – Jenny
Muncie Girls – Clinic
Reignwolf – Wanna Don’t Wanna

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/28/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Three Times Dope – Funky Dividends
Skylar Spence – Carousel
Selfsteam – Sushi
Colleen Green – I Wanna Be Ignored
J Mascis – See You At The Movies
Danielson – Snap Outtavit
The Skiffle Players – Local Boy
Joni – Omens
Soccer Mommy – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Yumi Zouma – In Camera
Les Big Byrd – I Fucked Up I Was A Child
Menace Beach – Satellite
Sir Babygirl – Heels
Julietta – Hard Love
Skirts – Don’t Let Me Go
Let’s Eat Grandma – I Will Be Waiting (Baths remix)
Wild Nothing – Canyons On Fire
Gold Star – Half The Time
Choker – Moksha
ginla – Infinite
Part Time ft. Ariel Pink – I Can Treat You Better
Channel Tres – Controller
Hater – Fall Off
Jakobee – All Alone
Miles Bandit – Fantasy
Bedroom – Work This Out
Many Voices Speak – Chances
Sonoda – Karaoke Life

Generationals // It May Get Bad When You’re Lonely and Cold

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Generationals are back, and the duo has shared a new track entitled “It May Get Bad When You’re Lonely and Cold“! Generationals are NOLA natives Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer and have been creating infectious dance pop since 2007. No news on a new album.

Purchase it here.

New Video // Valee – Vlone

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G.O.O.D. Music artist Valee likes to walk (and rap) quietly and carry a big coffee. Mmhm.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/14/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

CSLSX – Keep On Shining
Houndmouth – This Party
Robyn – Missing U
Handsome Furs – I’m Confused
Lemi Vice & Action Jackson ft. Fat Tony & Oreo Jones – High Noon
Method Man – Grand Prix
Fatlip ft. Chali 2na – Today’s Your Day
Kacey Musgraves – Kansas City Star (Roger Miller cover)
Colter Wall – Plain To See Plainsman
Little Joy – Unattainable
JEFF The Brotherhood – Camel Swallowed Whole
Cloud Nothings – The Echo Of The World
Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus
Jaako Eino Kalevi – Emotions In Motion
Kikagaku Moyo – Gatherings
Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone
Saintseneca – Beast In The Garden
Yowler – WTFK
Ryan Von Gonten – Anthem
Ex Cops – Broken Chinese Chairz
Swearin – Untitled (LA)
OMMA – Teplo
Denzel Curry ft. NYYJERIA – Cash Maniac
The xx – Heart Skipped A Beat (Jams Dean Chicago Girls Remix)
MOORS ft. Tune-Yards – Mango
Solace – Glass
Molly Nilsson – A Slice Of Lemon
Felivand – Same Old
Value Void – Babeland

New Song: St. Paul & The Broken Bones // GotItBad

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Holler On The Hill headliner and americana soul outfit St. Paul & The Broken Bones, continue the build-up to the release their third album, Young Sick Camellia, on September 7th, with the latest single GotItBad.

Toto covers Weezer’s “Hash Pipe”

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Let’s face it, Toto and Weezer haven’t been relevant to me, personally, for a very long time. I did, however, love Weezer’s Blue album, Pinkerton, and the Green albums…after that, I mostly tuned out. So, while I originally scoffed at Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa“, I couldn’t help but enjoy the Toto tit-for-tat cover of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe“, a long-time favorite track of mine.

Toto keyboardist, Steve Porcaro discussed the cover:

“We wanted to do our thing to it, but still pay respect to it. And we added a couple of our kitschy little things to it, which I hope that they laugh [at]. We wish we could be in the room when they hear it.”