Steamboat Music Festival (No Willie Nelson, but…)

You don’t have to ski to go to this festival, even though it’s billed as “the largest group ski trip in the nation.”  Whatever.  But the festival, now in it’s 22nd year, does have a great line-up again.  Six days of great music by thirty bands, in the mountains at Steamboat,Colorado, now that is a good time.  And if you like to ski, well, that’s a bonus for you, I guess.

Confirmed so far:

  • Leon Russell
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Bonnie Bishop
  • Ryan BIngham
  • Wade Bowen
  • Jason Boland and the Stragglers
  • Hayes Carll
  • Slaid Cleaves
  • Roger Creager
  • Cross Canadian Ragweed
  • The Dedringesr
  • Kevin Fowler
  • Todd Frietsch
  • Lucas Hubbard
  • Jack Ingram
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Reckless Kelly
  • Stoney LaRue
  • Dub Miller
  • The Doug Moreland Show
  • Cory Morrow
  • Micky and the Motorcars
  • Kathleen O’Kef
  • Red Dirt Rangers
  • Bruce Robison
  • Randy ROgers Band
  • Max Stalling
  • Walt Wilkins
  • Lee Ann Womack
  • Eli Young Band

For more info: (and don’t let the hype get you down:  “Hot Tubs on your deck!”  “Ski from your front door”” “Vacation of a lifetime!”)

 And here’s what Kinky has to say about Steamboat:

Welcome to the MusicFest at Steamboat! The last time I was here, I drank a glass that, apparently, contained my girlfriend’s contact lenses. This irritated her but it did give me some new insights into myself. One of the things I learned was that MusicFest is a great way to raise hell and awareness at the same time.

Whether on the stage or on the ballot, independent voices are rare enough in this increasingly homogenized world. It’s not terribly surprising that many of these voices emanate from the Lone Star State. Deep in our hearts, all Texans are independent. In music, this has manifested itself in the rugged, righteous individualism of artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Billy Joe Shaver, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Ray Benson, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Cross Canadian Ragweed to name only a few. Some are dead and some are living. In my life, I’ve loved them all. Not sexually of course.

When I’m governor, Texas will be run by musicians instead of politicians. We may not get a lot of work done in the mornings, but Texas will be a better place when we get through. Steamboat already has most of our musicians of course, so Colorado doesn’t really need any help. Wish I could be there, but somebody’s got to mind the store.

I’m running a spiritual campaign for governor, not a political one. In the words of my spiritual adviser, Billy Joe Shaver, “If you don’t love Jesus, go to hell.”

In the meantime, hang on tight, spur hard, and let ‘er buck. And may the God of your choice bless you.

Kinky Friedman,

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