While the talk of Lancaster County this week has been focused on the top women of golf, the weekend brings along with it some of the top women of the country music world as well as the inaugural Live on Vine music block party makes its debut in downtown Lancaster. [Disclosure: The event is produced by LNP Media Group, which is the parent company to Fly.] [Additional disclosure: We’re not being forced to write this; we genuinely think this is an event that’s going to be a good time.]
Now that all that bracketed talk is out of the way, we’ve got a quick preview of the event’s music lineup. And while it’s headliners certainly lean toward a more countrified vibe, you don’t need to don a bolo tie or 10-gallon hat to enjoy the music. (Seriously – no 10-gallon hats at a concert. That’s just bad form.)
The RCA Records Nashville songwriter and Live on Vine headliner has been in the news headlines recently for taking a public stance against radio host Keith Hill (in particular, his condescending commentary on women in country music). But her knack for penning and singing chart-topping ballads (she’s got five Number One hits under her belt to date) has positioned her in the headlines many times over, including this gem from her 2011 album, Stronger.
Playing: Main stage; 9:30-10:45pm
You may recognize Jana Kramer from her acting career (she’s played Alex Dupre from the television show One Tree Hill and held a cameo on HBO’s Entourage), but the countrified singer-songwriter is further making a name for herself on the merits of her, well, singing and songwriting – specifically her 2012-released breakout single “Why Ya Wanna?” and recent hit “I Got The Boy.”
Playing: Main stage; 7:50-8:50pm
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed singer-songwriter and banjo- and guitar-player has gotten some serious acclaim for her take on Hank Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man,” but her original tunes are sure to make for a solid set on Saturday.
Playing: Country Home Furniture stage; 8:50-9:30pm
Though first making waves as Margaret Durante with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” the singer-songwriter has since changed labels and stage names as she continues her growth. Recent single “Looking Back Now” gives some indication of that trajectory.
Playing: Country Home Furniture stage; 7:15-7:50pm
Perhaps the lineup’s least countrified acts, Philly’s Bird Watcher is the recording and live performance project fronted by singer-songwriter (and host of WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow program) Julian Booker.
Playing: Main stage; 6:35-7:15pm
One of two bands representing the local music landscape, Slimfit’s sound is a cross-pollination of alt-country patriarchs Uncle Tupelo and Hank Williams.
Playing: Main stage; 5:30-6pm
Corty Byron Band
Also from Lancaster, Corty Byron Band has made a name for itself on both the merits of the raucous songwriter’s original bluesy-rock tunes as well as their penchant for playing pretty much anything by The Doors, The Band, Johnny Cash and everyone in between.
Playing: Country Home Furniture stage; 6-6:35pm