International artists announced for Out On The Weekend and beyond
by Ali Webb
TN157 Aug 23
Since 2014, Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend Festival has been a prime destination for lovers of all things Americana, and this year’s line-up is undoubtedly the biggest and best.
Interstate music fans can catch the action when the artists hit the road, with the Festival’s stellar line-up of internationals pushing their wares up and down the East Coast and beyond before and after the Festival, which takes place at Seaworks in Williamstown on Saturday, October 14.
Out On The Weekend’s most iconic headliners ever, the institution that is Asleep At The Wheel, has made Austin, Texas, its home for 50 years, in which time they’ve won a huge 9 Grammys and released over 20 albums.
This year, Asleep At The Wheel, featuring Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans, Brennen Leigh and Joshua Hedley, will make their Australian debut, performing their Western Swing for fans Down Under.
From his early days with Old Crow Medicine Show to his current work as a solo artist, Willie Watson is a master folk singer, storyteller and troubadour who is coming back for his first Australian shows in six years.
Mining the same old timey field as Willie but with a stronger pre-war blues influence, Kentucky’s Nat Myers is a genuine up and comer who has just released his first album.
Myers will also make his Australian debut supporting Willie up the east coast.
Melissa Carper’s old-timey sound will whistle across the country when she heads to Australia for the first time this October.
Melissa will be performing new music from this year’s Ramblin’ Soul and will be bringing Texan schoolteacher turned Honky-Tonk troubadour, Summer Dean along for the ride.
Returning after last year’s successful country run is Jenny Don’t & The Spurs, who will be picking up where they left off with US cosmic country stars The Pink Stones and newest discovery, The Bures Band from way out Western Australia supporting on some shows.
This October promises plenty of international touring artists heading your way with blends of Americana, alt-country, Western Swing and good ol’ classic country.
For dates and venues visit lovepolice.com.au/tours