Festival Undercard: Hinterland 2016

Festival Undercard: Hinterland 2016

In the heart of festival season, Hinterland shines through as the secret gem of the non-corporate wave of music festivals. Nestled in the small town of St. Charles, IA (Wikipedia sets est. population at 646) the second year of the festival brings in festival favorites like Ray LaMontagne, Grace Potter, and even America’s original sweetheart, Willie Nelson. (He writes a damn good love song.) The lower ticket is just as solid, featuring Lake Street Dive, Cold War Kids, Houndmouth and San Fermin... but the best part of any festival is getting to see the bands you haven’t heard of.

In more recent years, I have opened up (by way of Milo Greene) to the folk side of the indie music spectrum. Shovels & Rope are the perfect bridge from that category to bluegrass and country, but not too much of any to belong to any specific genre. From Charleston, South Carolina, their rootsy, energetic sound compliments the Hinterland 2016 line up quite nicely.

Okay, I may be a little biased on this one, because I definitely have heard Field Division before. (That’s actually the main reason I chose to make the trip from AZ to IA for this specific festival.) All opinions aside, the fact is listening to this band will only make your life better. Paying tribute to early Fleetwood Mac (Buckingham Nicks, to be specific) and adding a layer of dark dream-pop with a dash of Folk, Field Division hits all the right feels in all the right spots.

Balancing hard on the country side, Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours twangy guitar and bluegrass fiddle set the bar for your typical radio hit that would play off perfectly on your local Alt-Country radio station. The vocal style and melody are what in turn appeals to the indie crowd, crossing over from the likes of The Head And The Heart to Jamestown Revival. Young and full of energy and confidence, they are surely on the path to success.

Another artist I am very excited to see, Pokey LaFarge. The name alone will give you a good idea of what he and his sound are all about. A sharp dressed gentleman from St. Louis, MI with the soul of “Old Time” American Folk and Blues dating back to the 30s and an acoustic guitar looking just as aged, his music portrays a completely different era.


Hear & Now will be featuring Hinterland over two days, August 5th and 6th. Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for live updates and photos, as well as anything else we may come across on our trip! For more information on Hinterland, go here. See you all soon!

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