By CLTure News
November 17, 2020
Photo: Blue Amber
After cancelling their 2020 event back in May, FloydFest, the multi-day music and arts festival that takes place annually in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia is returning in 2021 with an impressive lineup.
The festival has announced Grammy Award-winning country music outlaw and artist Sturgill Simpson as the headliner for the 2021 festival scheduled to take place July 21-25. In addition to the artists already announced for next year’s festivities that include The Avett Brothers, Turkuaz with Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and Adrain Belew (King Crimson), Old Crow Medicine Show, The Band of Heathens, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Katie Pruitt, and more; FloydFest has also added award-winning guitarist and banjo player Molly Tuttle, and psychedelic-soul rocker Nicole Atkins.
Simpson who recently released his first solo bluegrass album, Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions in October, toured in the beginning of the year with Tyler Childers off his critically-acclaimed psychedelic blues album Sound & Fury released in September of 2019 prior to the pandemic. Simpson will join North Carolina Music Hall of Famers, The Avett Brothers– who also recently released a new EP The Third Gleam in August– as the headliners for the five-day, nine-stage, 100-act, award-winning festival.
“It’s no coincidence that next year’s lineup represents a strong Americana musical influence. It seems America is still asking itself who she is. Well, there’s nothing like a little rebel music to figure that out. Sturgill Simpson represents everything FloydFest stands for. From his unique songwriting skills to his fiercely independent buck-the-system attitude, we couldn’t be happier with his inclusion,” said FloydFest founder and chief creative officer, Kris Hodges.
Chief operating officer of the festival, Sam Calhoun shares a similar sentiment on the addition of Simpson: “Akin to how FloydFest bucks the trends of the typical music festival construct, Sturgill Simpson has done the same with his musical career, by daring to rewrite the country music rulebook, exploring sounds beyond the safe silos of Nashville.
The festival themed “Odyssey” marks two decades of the event following 2019’s sold-out “Voyage Home” and 2020’s “Vision Quest” cancelled due to Covid-19.
More lineup additions are expected to be announced soon with the next reveal scheduled for mid-December and more to follow over the coming months.