My heart leaps as I see the line-up for this years Summertyne American Festival; Choice of Rodneylou, Penn & Oldham, and Felice Bros on Friday night, Roseanne Cash on Saturday night, plus free outdoor gigs on Fri, Sat & Sun. The last of which features the fabulous Della Mae and also The Lost Brothers. What’s not to like there?
I hope this means the Dellas are playing a UK tour rather than just the one date they played last year at the Borderline, attended by your humble correspondent and reviewed on this very website. To me they just keep getting better and better particularly with the growing songwriting influence of flat picking starlet Courtney Hartman. There is a nice set of stopover videos on their Facebook page recorded at the homes of people who have put them up during their latest tour. The one of Courtney and lead singer Celia Boyd performing Lucinda Williams’ Jackson is just lovely and the one of Courtney flat picking with fiddler Kimber Ludiker is top notch, not least because of the none-more-bluegrass title of Possum up a Gum Stump