Tyler Childers, Trampled By Turtles lead Whigfest’s strongest Ybor City lineup to date

Liz Cooper is in the mix, too.


As far as headliners go, Whigfest has completely knocked it out of the park in 2019. The annual President’s Day weekend festival is always a celebration of fantastic locals, and this year is no exception, but the inclusion of bluegrass shredders Trampled By Turtles (playing Saturday) and Tyler Childers (Sunday’s headliner) is a huge win. The Turts may be the best touring act in their scene right now, and the 27-year-old Childers is set to have a breakout year.

The Kentucky songwriter’s latest LP, Purgatory, was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, and it rightfully landed on dozens of 2017 year-end best-of lists thanks to the way the album’s songs capture the beauty of his home state while also showcasing the Pulitzer-worthy prose that Childers’ wounded drawl delivers in heart-aching fashion. Whigfest’s cherry on top is the inclusion of fast-rising Nashville songwriter Liz Cooper, whose guitar arrangements and solos have made her band, The Stampede, one of the most sought-after psych-rock and folk bands in America.

Read our interview with Cooper here. Five Ybor City venues will be utilized over the course of the weekend, and a schedule is posted at whigfest.com.

Whigfest w/Tyler Childers/Trampled By Turtles/Liz Cooper and The Stampede/Southern Avenue/Flow Tribe/Front Country/Lindsay Lou/Have Gun, Will Travel/Los Colognes/The Trongone Band/The Honey Hounds/more. Sat. & Sun. Feb. 16-17. Various venues, Ybor City. whigfest.com.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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