The names of two of the artists set to play at the 2013 Fayetteville Roots Festival were revealed this week.
Arkansas-born singer/songwriter Iris DeMent and bluegrass troubadours The Del McCoury Band are scheduled to perform during the event, set for Aug. 22-25 at various locations around Fayetteville. The news came during Tuesday night’s 3 Penny Acre/Steel Wheels show at George’s Majestic Lounge.
DeMent has released five albums during her 20-year career, including her 1994 release My Life, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. She’s also well-known for her collaboration with 2012 Roots Festival headliner John Prine. DeMent sang four duets with Prine on his 1999 release In Spite of Ourselves, including the title track of the album.
McCoury has been active in bluegrass music for over 50 years, in which he’s recorded 29 albums and won over 30 International Bluegrass Awards. He won a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2011.
Festival organizer Bryan Hembree said he hopes to release the full lineup for the 2013 festival early this spring.