Also appearing for the first time is legendary USA cult favourite, Son Volt. Led by the songwriting and vocal stylings of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt-country movement of the 1990s. A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana.
As a songwriter, Farrar’s depth and poetic penchant has been the foundation of a thoughtful, deep and intelligent body of work. Both attributes are on full display on their latest studio album, Notes Of Blue, where he touches on themes of redemption and the common struggle, both of which are at the core of the blues.
Lubin Rains also joins the bill as he opens for cult-favourites Son Volt with a solo performance of weary tales woven with country-folk tones reminiscent of Neil Young. Best known as the singer of esteemed Auckland alt-folk act The Vietnam War, Lubins fragile and timeless songwriting style has seen him captivate audiences in his rare solo performances infused with a wayward and intoxicating country flavour.