This Year's Twangfest Lineup Might Be the Best One Yet

Mar 12, 2019 at 6:36 am
Superchunk is just one of a slate of top-notch acts performing at the four-day fest. - JASON ARTHURS
Superchunk is just one of a slate of top-notch acts performing at the four-day fest.
Now in its third decade, St. Louis' Twangfest music festival has long proven itself a reliably high-quality affair for fans of roots, rock, blues, pop, soul and country music. Each year for four days Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue, 314-498-6989) becomes ground zero for artists who have included Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Cracker, DeRobert & the Half-Truths and so many more.

But organizers have outdone themselves for the 23rd edition of the festival. Announced yesterday for June 5 through 8, the four-day affair counts Craig Finn (of Hold Steady fame) and the Uptown Controllers, James McMurtry (a Twangfest alum), Sarah Shook & the Disarmers (Bloodshot Records) and no less than indie rock legends Superchunk as its headliners.

And the supporting acts are just as exciting. Night one brings the Delines, featuring author and songwriter Willy Vlautin and members of the Decemberists, making a St. Louis debut alongside local roots rock favorites Rough Shop. Night two brings Columbia, Missouri, Americana wunderkinds the Burney Sisters to Twangfest for the first (but probably not the last) time, with opener Cara Louise. Asheville, North Carolina's Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters will be joined by East Nashville blues songwriter Kevin Gordon for day three, and the grand finale will see Robert Christgau favorite Wussy and indie-pop locals Essential Knots joining Superchunk on stage.

All told, it's a staggering and remarkably diverse slate of talent — them Twangfest folks have done it again.

Check out the full lineup for each night below, and get tickets at

Wednesday, June 5
Craig Finn + The Uptown Controllers
The Delines
Rough Shop

Thursday, June 6
James McMurtry
The Burney Sisters
Cara Louise

Friday, June 7
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Kevin Gordon

Saturday, June 8
Essential Knots

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