Photo Review: WMNF's Americana Fest at Skipper's Smokehouse

WMNF's 4th Annual Americana Fest at Skipper's Smokehouse went off without a hitch on Saturday, July 11, 2009 creating a hand clappin', boot stompin' good time showcasing the vast array of talent in the Florida Americana scene.

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Have Gun, Will Travel

Originally masterminded by Ted Lukas, Americana Fest is all grown up.  This year featured ten outstanding Florida Americana bands: Ted Lukas & the Misled, Will Quinlan & the Diviners, Have Gun, Will Travel, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Nervous Turkey, Black Finger, Roppongi's Ace, Mike Dunn & the Kings of New England, Matt Butcher and The Nine Volts plus a national headliner: Blue Mountain.

Thomas Wynn & The Believers 7.11.09

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

As typical on summer days in the lighting capital of the world (Tampa really does mean sticks of fire), downpours threatened throughout the day. In spite of inclement weather, Americana Fest was packed to see the array of homegrown talent with music lovers of all ages in attendance.

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Building sandcastles at Skipper's smokehouse

According to Wikipedia, Americana is the "amalgam of roots music fused by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, rhythm & blues, rock & roll and other external influential styles." In the absence of individual set reviews, suffice to say that each of these alt country bands delivered inspired performances tapping into the full range of musical influences of the Americana genre. It was common to see band members making guest appearances during other sets to add a harmony here and there or add some need instrumentation. The sense of community among these musicians is inspiring.

Missed out on this show? Next up for Americana fans in Tampa: WMNF presents The Avett Brothers (with Matt Butcher and The Revolvers) at The Cuban Club on Saturday, July 18th.

The Nine Volts

Nine Volts 7.11.09

The Nine Volts are Larry Fulford (drums), James Mitchell (guitar/ mandolin), Adam Wheeler (bass) and Conrad Wilson (vocals/ guitar).

Matt Butcher

Matt Butcher 7.11.09 - 17

Black Finger

Black Finger 7.11.09 - 21

Black Finger is Greg Lovell, Andy McAusland, Sean Fernandez, and Jesse Dalton.

Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England

Mike Dunn & The Kings of New England 7.11.09 - 38

Mike Dunn and The Kings of New England is Mike Dunn (Vocals, Guitar, Piano) and depending on the performace an assortment of the following regal players: Jacob Kaplan (Bass Guitar), Joey Bradshaw (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals), Cannon Lee (Drums), Kyle Pierce (Guitar, Pedal Steel), Andy Simmonds (B3 Organ, Vocals), Chris Martin (Drums, Bass Guitar, Vocals), Daniel "Bones" Anderson (Drums, Smiles), C.J. Mask (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Jeff Snow (Drums, Metal History), Dean Lorenz (Shred) and Susan "Soon to be" Snow (Violin).

Roppongi's Ace

Roppongi's Ace 7.11.09

Roppongi's Ace is Alex Spoto (Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle), Max Norton (Drums, Hootin'), Jesse Norton (Bass, Harmonica, Hollerin'), and Rob Pastore (Pedal Steel).

Nervous Turkey

Nervous Turkey 7.11.09

Nervous Turkey is Ernie Locke (Vocals, Harp, Guitar), Aaron Fowler (Drums), and Mark Cunningham (Organ).

Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Thomas Wynn & The Believers 7.11.09 - 09

Thomas Wynn & The Believers is Thomas Wynn (lead vocals/guitar), Olivia Wynn (vocals/organ-piano/tambo), Justin Beckler (guitar), John Hembree (bass), Thom Damon (drums) and Chris Bell (harmonica).

Have Gun, Will Travel

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Have Gun, Will Travel is Scott Anderson (elec. guitar, lap steel), Jean-Paul Beaubien (drums), Matthew Burke (voice, accoustic guitar), Daniel Burke (bass guitar, voice) and Joshua Hernandez (viola)

Will Quinlan & The Diviners

Will Quinlan & The Diviners 7.11.09 - 19

For this performance, Will Quinlan & The Diviners was Will Quinlan (Vox/Guitar), Soraya Zaumeyer (vox/keys), Daniel Burke (upright bass), Scott Anderson (electric & lap steel guitars), Alex Spoto (Fiddle) and Jesse Martin (drums).

Ted Lukas & The Misled

Ted Lukas & the Misled 7.11.09 - 30

Ted Lukas & The Misled is Ted Lukas (guitar/vocals), Mark Tinker (bass), Sonny John Sundstrom (guitar/vocals), and Sean Doyle (drums/vocals)

Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain 7.11.09 - 27

Blue Mountain is Cary Hudson (Guitar, vox), Laurie Stirratt (bass, vox) and Frank Coutch (drums,vox).

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