AMERICA’S ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE PONDEROSA STOMP, IS BACK AFTER A YEAR OFF
After a one-year hiatus, The Ponderosa Stomp, America’s premier roots music festival, is back with a vengeance. Since 2002, the Ponderosa Stomp has been a festival with a unique mission—to look beyond record sales and box office receipts and create a festival that celebrates what it calls “the unsung heroes of American music.”
The 2013 Stomp will be held October 3rd to 5th in New Orleans. Many dedicated Stomp fans will pleased to hear that, after a few years of rotating venues, the festival has returned to its traditional home at the venerable Rock n’ Bowl.
Perennially anchored in a city which can confidently claim the moniker “roots music capitol of America,” the Ponderosa Stomp has brought a dizzying array of performers to its stage, some for the first time in years or decades. It preserves, promotes and celebrates the legacy of an incredible array of roots genres, including blues, country, Cajun, Creole, garage rock, old-school rock and roll, R&B, rockabilly, soul and Zydeco to name just a few.
Stomp performers have included talented and influential musicians who never got the recognition they deserved, once popular artists who have long faded from the spotlight and the occasional bona fide legend such as James Burton or Honeyboy Edwards. Its stage was even the sight of the long awaited rapprochement between James Burton and Dale Hawkins, estranged for half a century after disagreements over who really wrote seminal rock/rockabilly song “Suzie Q.”
The line-up for the 2013 Stomp is as diverse and impressive as ever, including such highlights as garage rockers The Standells (of “Dirty Water” fame), soul icon Swamp Dogg, “girl group” darling Baby Washington, lost rockabilly legends Bobby Crown and Eddie Daniels and bluesman Sonny Green. See the full 2013 Ponderosa Stomp line-up.
As part of saying “Welcome Back” to the Ponderosa Stomp, Awaiting the Flood is posting coverage of the 2011 festival. For serious roots music fans, this coverage, of course, also provides a taste of what can be expected from the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp.
American music is better off with the Ponderosa Stomp in it. This festival reminds us that our musical legal is not simple, static or trapped in the past. Far more great, influential artists are still with us than even music journalists are often aware of and the Stomp is a unique opportunity to hear them together in one place. See additional information about the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp.