Bluesfest’s second artist announcement, released today, focuses on the blues-and-roots end of the lineup, and includes a range of artists regular Bluesfest-goers have come to know and love.
One surprise was Jimmy Cliff who, despite his elder-statesman status in the world of reggae, has never played a Bluesfest before.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said, ‘There is no greater star in reggae music today than world-music superstar Jimmy Cliff – his voice is legendary – his career is at a high point with his incredible new album Rebirth. We are so proud to present him at Bluesfest for the first time.’
Also on the list are: Joan Armatrading, Rodriguez, Robert Cray, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Wanda Jackson, Fred Wesley & The New JBs, Michael Kiwanuka, Bettye Lavette, Luka Bloom, Ruthie Foster, Tony Joe White, Sweet Honey In The Rock, The Duke Robillard Band, Shawn Colvin and Seth Lakeman.
They join Ben Harper, Santana and Iggy & the Stooges; just some of the major names in the first lineup announcement released last month.