“On the Road” with Rock & Roots – Forecastle 2013

Jul 10, 2013

Forecastle 2013 – A preview by Amelia Stevens

fore·cas·tle  /ˈfōksəl/


  1. The forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew's living quarters.
  2. A raised deck at the bow of a ship

Derived from the nautical, maritime term forecastle, Forecastle began as a small, community event in 2002 that was held in Louisville’s Tyler Park. Being a Louisville native, I have watched it grow into an impressively large, three-day festival on Waterfront Park that has hosted artists like My Morning Jacket (another Louisville native!), Wilco, the Black Keys, and one of this year’s major highlights – the Flaming Lips! Along with my handsome partner , Russ Caldwell, I will bringing you all kinds of coverage of this year’s Forecastle Festival – from the city and food in it, to artist interviews and the cool things happening all over Waterfront Park!

Headliner’s at the 2013 Forecastle Festival include Big Boi, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, and Jim James; but we’ll be primarily covering lesser known up-and-comers, in the hopes of exposing some of you to something new. Below is a short list of acts we’re looking forward to. Stay tuned for our post-fest coverage!

This Texan singer-songwriter instantly reminds me of Alison Krauss, whom she has recorded and performed with, as you can see in this video! Sarah strikes me as a sort of contemporary bluegrass artist who plays both the mandolin and the banjo fabulously. It’s folksy, bluegrassy sounds fit for a hot, Kentucky summer day. We will be interviewing Sarah on Saturday, so stay tuned for her interview!

The synthy, dream pop sounds of this Canadian electronic duo are a definite source of excitement for Russ and I. The catchy and oddly melodic sounds of their music, coupled with a flair for performing during their actual shows will be a major highlight of the final day of Forecastle for us.

Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Folk and bluegrass just seem to feel right in Kentucky, and we are more than excited to hear music from this folksy couple.

Visit http://forecastlefest.com/ for the full line-up!