JAYHAWKS founder Mark Olson will headline the third Dashville Skyline, alongside Norwegian collaborator Ingunn Ringvold.
The first announcement for the Americana and alt-country festival was released on Thursday and also includes Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Immigrant Union, Mel Parsons (NZ), William Crighton, Tim Easton (US), Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Songs From Dan, Pony Face, The Roamin’ Jasmine and Claire Anne Taylor.
The little brother of The Gum Ball, named after Bob Dylan’s classic 1969 alt-country album Nashville Skyline, is a three-day family-friendly camping festival, which hosts over 30 live performances, American-inspired food and beverages, boutique market stalls and an animal petting zoo.
Olson formed The Jayhawks in 1985 with Gary Louris at a time when their native Minneapolis was heaving with the funk-pop of Prince and the punk rock of The Replacements.
Within that vast contrast of styles they were able to create their own jangly alt-country sound to become one of the seminal acts of the genre. The Jayhawks went on to record nine albums that produced classics like Waiting For The Sun, Blue, Bad Time and Save It For a Rainy Day.
Olson left The Jayhawks for a second and final time in 2012 after falling out with Louris, but has continued to build a popular and varied solo career through the albums The Salvation Blues and Good-bye Lizelle.
The 55-year-old also recorded successful albums with his other band The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers.
While in the Hunter, Olson and Ringvold will also play shows at Hamilton’s Northern Star Hotel (September 23) and Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel (September 24).
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks inhabit the darker and more visceral end of alt-country. Last year the Melbourne act, led by the menacing Savage, enjoyed rave reviews for their brooding third album One Of Us.
The band also delivered an blistering performance at the Stag and Hunter Hotel on the One Of Us’ subsequent tour.
Bellbird’s William Crighton and smoky Tasmanian songstress are both favourites of Dashville. They have previously played Gum Ball, Skyline and PigSty In July and toured together, blending their raw and emotive brand of country and folk.
Another interesting addition to Skyline will be Melbourne-based psychedelic folk-country band Immigrant Union. The five-piece is fronted by Dandy Warhols drummer Brent DeBoer.
At the more country end of the spectrum is Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes. The Melbourne act will make a triumphant return to Dashville Skyline, after playing the inaugural event in 2015.
More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Dashville Skyline is held at Lower Belford from September 29 to October 1. Tickets are available from dashville.com.au.