Friday, August 5th

5:30 pm


Quailfish was hatched (or spawned) when Hailey guitarists, Hayden Waller and Nathan Payne, met Bay area bassist Dylan Glusker, and San Diego drummer Will Bookout, while all four were attending Humboldt State University in northern California. The resulting collaboration has resulted in the band's repertoire of original music that is as unique as combining a fish with a quail. Described as folk rock with breakdowns, their high energy contemporary acoustic stew will keep your feathers fluttering and your dorsal fins flapping.

6:30 pm

Roses Pawn Shop

Roses Pawn Shop is a Los Angeles-based Americana, bluegrass, rock, rockabilly and country band from Los Angeles. The band released its debut album The Arsonist in 2006 and its second Dancing On The Gallows was released in 2010. In 2006 2006 Best Band in the West title in the Billboard Magazine/Disc Makers Independent World Series.

They have also recorded and performed with: "Soda"- Banjo, Jimmy Stelling of The Hackensaw Boys, Wayne Hancock, Junior Brown, Flogging Molly, Th' Legendary Shack Shakers, The Scotch Greens, Jack White and The Raconteurs, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Old Crow Medicine Show, Levon Helm, Blue Rodeo, Conor Oberst and the Mystic River Band and The Duhks, and many others.

Rose's Pawn Shop currently tours extensively throughout North America.

8:30 pm

James McMurtry

James McMurtry, acclaimed singer songwriter, and son of author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), grew up in Texas and Virginia listening to his father’s folk and country albums. In 1987, he was one of the six winners of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest. Released in 1989 his first album was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. McMurtry also appeared on the soundtrack of the film Falling from Grace, working with Mellencamp, John Prine, Joe Ely, and Dwight Yoakam in a "supergroup" called Buzzin' Cousins. The Village Voice in New York City called him "a poet of the people." Stephen King, writing in Entertainment Weekly, pronounced him "the truest, fiercest songwriter of his generation." The Austin Chronicle proclaimed, "This is no-frills, freak-flag rock. Turn it up!" PopMatters called it "a snapshot of where McMurtry is now, [marking him] as a legitimate inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition." He performs with veteran bandmates and rhythm section The Heartless Bastards, Darren Hess and Ronnie Johnson.World, Rock, Pop, Blues, and Bluegrass.





Saturday, August 6th

12 pm

The Sloans

Originally from Los Angeles, but raised for the majority of their lives in Hailey, Nick and Steph Sloan have been always been  musically involved. Their late father, Jeff Sloan, was a musician, and continues to be an inspiration. The Sloans have played around the Wood River  Valley as a folk-pop duo since 2008 at open mics, benefit concerts and many other events.  At the Northern Rockies Folk Festival they will be joined by their older brother Matt and some other musical friends in creative covers and original material. You may have seen The Sloans perform at last year’s NRFF as “Tweeners” (musical acts between bands), but this year, they are thrilled and very much looking forward to being on the lineup!

1 pm

Justin Wells

Justin Wells likes to call his music ‘desert-drivin’ folk-rock.’  Raised in San Francisco and Idaho, he’s been performing for years. His first release was 1999's Lovelock to Winnemucca, recorded with his band Center Divide. The same year he was a New Folk Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, as well as third place in the Troubadour contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. These were followed in 2000 and 2003 with finalist placement at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo. He now lives and works in San Francisco.

1:45 pm

Carly Gibson

Carly Gibson grew up surrounded by a love of music and learning how to play in earnest. She began to write her own songs in her early teens, forming a rock band called Jaded June, which disbanded in 2008. Performing professionally since she was 15, Carly is primarily a solo artist, though she occasionally plays with the swing/jazz ensemble Play It With Moxie. In 2009, she attended the singer/songwriter program at GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, designed to allow talented young artists the opportunity to work, learn and play with the music industry’s top professionals. She’s played at the Athens Human Rights Festival, ATHFEST, the North Georgia Folk Festival and at Pepperland Farm’s Full Moon Ball. Now living and working in Georgia, Carly’s music resonates with the flavors that reflect her own diverse musical tastes and influences.

2:45 pm



4 pm

Slow Children Playing

"Slow Children Playing" have been entertaining the northwest since 1995 with their eclectic menu of various contemporary and traditional styles of music. Which include folk, swing, blues and rock with a strong backbone of bluegrass and traditional fiddle songs.

The band members who are all local to the Wood River Valley area include Deloi Dilworth on drums, Ken Tucker on bass, John Gibson on guitar and Matt Renner on mandolin and fiddle.

5:30 pm

Up a Creek

Up a Creek is a Bellevue based "shed bred" group of fellas playing Southern Idaho folk 'n’ roll. The band consists of Bill Sprong, Jeff London, Raul Vandenberg, and Scott Seaward. This is their second time on the Northern Rockies Folk Festival stage.

7:00 pm

Bill Coffey

Boise-based, singer-songwriter Bill Coffey has been signing and writing songs for two decades as a solo artist and in various groups. He frequently plays with acclaimed fretless guitarist Ned Evett. His high energy roots-rock and retro- country style has entertained all over the West. As well he's opened for such musicians as John Hiatt, Dwight Yoakim, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Alejandro Escovedo and many more.

8:30 pm

The Gourds

The Gourds come from Austin’s rich alt-country scene, and for about 14-years the band has shared ‘Gourds Music’ as it is known with America. The Gourds albums include Bolsa de Agua, Cow Fish Fowl or Pig, Blood of the Ram, Heavy Ornamentals, Noble Creatures and Haymaker. The band consists of singer songwriters Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell and Jimmy Smith, along with Claude Bernard Keith Langford, Max Johnston (Uncle Tupelo and Wilco).

The Gourds were featured on Austin City Limits (2006) and appeared briefly playing their song "Declineometer" in Friday Night Lights (2006). Their song "Dying of the Pines" was featured in the HBO Documentary Unknown Soldier: Searching for a Father (2005) and their cover of "Gin and Juice" was used in My Name Is Earl (2007). The band has also scored the Mike Woolf documentaries Growin' a Beard and Something's Brewin' in Shiner.

The band’s singular roots-rock/bluegrass party-happy vibe is all that's needed for getting people off their seats and onto the dance floor.

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