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Soul, Punk Legends Added To Nelsonville Fest Lineup

Bryan Gibson

Updated Mon, Feb 4, 2013 3:57 pm

A soul legend, punk pioneer and critically acclaimed indie-folkster have been added to this year's Nelsonville Music Festival, according to a Stuart's Opera House press release issued earlier today.

Mavis Staples, Jonathan Richman and Sharon Van Etten join an already-stellar lineup that includes Wilco, John Prine and Calexico.

Mavis Staples rose to fame in the 1970s via The Staple Singers with hits such as "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There." In recent years, she has acheived solo success through her work with Prince, Ry Cooder and most recently, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, who produced her 2010 Grammy Award-winning album, You Are Not Alone.

Jonathan Richman is no stranger to Athens County, having performed on three different occasions at Donkey Coffee and The Union. Known for his work with protopunks The Modern Lovers and his idiosyncratic solo albums, Richman made numerous appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and had a memorable role in the film There's Something About Mary.

Sharon Van Etten's album Tramp ended up on numerous "best of" lists at the end of 2012. NPR has called her songs "heartfelt without being overly earnest...her poetry is plainspoken but not overt, and her elegant voice is wrapped in enough rasp and sorrow to keep from sounding too pure or confident."

Other lineup additions include Wild Belle, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell and Lucius. For a complete list of artists and information about the festival, visit www.nelsonvillefest.org.

Photo Credit: 
Sydney Good
Jonathan Richman
Sharon Van Etten
Mavis Staples