Ponderosa Stomp's 2017 Lineup Is An Eclectic Portrait of Obscure American Music

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Ponderosa Stomp's 2017 Lineup Is An Eclectic Portrait of Obscure American Music

Are you getting tired of seeing the same artists on every music festival lineup? Then Ponderosa Stomp might be for you. The annual New Orleans event books the kinds of artists that time seems to leave behind; the singers and bands who, despite their influence and place in musical history, never quite became the household names they should have been.

Ponderosa’s lineup seems catered to a tee, bringing together acts from across the musical spectrum, from honky tonk to garage rock, but who are all interwoven into the fabric of American music. Those looking through the list of performers might recognize a handful of names, including Roky Erickson of psych legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who will be playing that band’s material, along with R&B singer-guitarist Barbara Lynn, ‘80s garage-rock outfits The Mummies and The Gories, and blue-eyed soul singer Roy Head, father of recent The Voice winner Sundance Head.

It’s the kind of collection of rare and underestimated talent that you really can’t find anywhere else, and will make for one of the most interesting musical weekends of the year. Ponderosa Stomp will take place Oct. 5-7 at the Orpheum in New Orleans, and in addition to the musical performances, the festival will also feature a more extensive conference exploring the career and importance of each of the artists. Read through the full list of performers below, where you’ll also find a Spotify playlist curated by the festival and an Erickson performance from the Paste Cloud, or find the lineup on the festival website here, where you can also purchase tickets and travel packages.

Ponderosa Stomp Lineup:

+ Roky Erickson performing the music of his legendary psychedelic ‘60s band the 13th Floor Elevators

+ Late ‘80s/early ‘90s garage rockers The Mummies

+ “Quarter To Three” hitmaker Gary U.S. Bonds

+ “Louisiana Man” artist and Johnny Cash Show guest Doug Kershaw

+ Detroit White Stripes antecedents The Gories

+ Rhythm and blues great Barbara Lynn, who was covered by the Rolling Stones

+ Archie Bell of “Tighten Up” fame

+ Father of “The Voice” Winner, Sundance Head, and “Treat Her Right” singer Roy Head

+ Masked Japanese garage band, The Stompin’ Riffraffs

+ Piano pounder Linda Gail Lewis

+ Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ike & Tina Turner sideman turned R&B
Soul Singer Winfield Parker

+ A Texas Honky Tonk Revue Featuring Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall,
and James Hand

+ The “husky, soulful voice” (All Music Guide) of Evie Sands

+ Chicago blues harmonica great Billy Boy Arnold, who was recently
covered by JD McPherson

+ First generation rockabilly artist Johnny Knight

+ A Swamp Pop Revue Featuring GG Shinn, Warren Storm, and TK Hulin

+ Louisiana’s Lil Buck Sinegal and the Top Cats

+ National Heritage Fellowship award winner Santiago Jimenez

+ T-Bone Walker acolyte and accompanist, Chuck Willis creative
collaborator, and Ray Charles sideman Roy Gaines

+ New Orleans rhythm and blues man Willie West

+ GRAMMY-nominated Yep Roc band Los Straitjackets

+ LA’s rockabilly masters Deke Dickerson and the Eccofonics

+ Austinites Eve and the Exiles

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