Just a few short months after its debut last fall, the second ever Bentonville FreshGrass festival will return to Northwest Arkansas May 20-21, and the initial lineup for this year’s event was released today.
The festival will be headlined by country music legend Emmylou Harris and her band, the Red Dirt Boys, along with acclaimed songwriters Margo Price and Amythyst Kiah, officials announced this morning.
Emmylou Harris is one of the most accomplished artists of our time. She has won 14 Grammy Awards (and was nominated for about three dozen others) including a lifetime achievement award in 2018, has released dozens of studio albums, has collaborated with a who’s-who of stars in country music since she began performing in the 70s, and has delighted millions all over the world as a performer over the past five decades.
Margo Price has been a fixture in East Nashville for years, with three studio albums released since her 2016 debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. She has seemingly been everywhere lately. Here she is performing with Fayetteville expat and beloved songwriter Lucinda Williams at the ACL Hall of Fame event earlier this month. She played with Wilco, Jason Isbell, Alejandro Escovedo, and Rosanne Cash, that same evening. She’s playing on on Molly Tuttle’s new album. She was on Colbert last summer.
Amythyst Kiah broke out with her 2021 release Wary + Strange, featuring powerful tracks like Black Myself, Wild Turkey, and Fancy Drones (Fracture Me). She has been called “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets” by Rolling Stone, and the publication called her latest album “one of (2021’s) most riveting releases.”
Organizers are calling today’s announcement “the first wave,” with more artists expected to be added to the lineup in the coming weeks. In all, about 15 bands will play the festival, according to the website.
Tickets to the 2022 festival are $105 ($84 for Momentary members), $35 for kids 7-16, and free for kids 6 and under. VIP passes are also available.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit themomentary.org.