Dirty Guv'nahs frontman James Trimble. Photo: Caroline Fontenot

I love The Apache Relay. I first read about Nashville's favorite folk outfit in Garden & Gun's 2011 music issue, gave them a shout on twitter, and got some witty retort back (which I wish I could remember) that sold them right away as my kind of people. Spanning the next stretch of time, I got heavy into "Can't Wake Up" and pretty much anything else on the American Nomad album, so I was thrilled last summer when I heard they were in the lineup at the Gentlemen of the Road festival in Tennessee. 

Stream Apache Relay lead vocalist Michael Ford's playlist for those lofty, hot summer drives.

Guest playlist: Michael Ford, The Apache Relay
play on Spotify: Jams For The Countryside Drive

1. Blake Mills - Hiroshima
2. Father John Misty - This Is Sally Hatchet
3. Jessie Baylin - Yuma
4. First Aid Kit - To a Poet
5. Alex Turner - Stuck On The Puzzle
6. Jonathan Wilson - Canyon In The Rain
7. Heartless Bastards - Skin and Bone
8. Little Joy - Unattainable
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - We No Who U R
10. Wilco - Dawned on Me
11. Dawes - Something in Common
12. Conor Oberst - Moab

The band's up-front guitar man Mike Harris came onstage with that crazy beard to basically emcee the entire GOTR show. He cracked jokes, ragged on fellow performers like Justin Townes Earle ("...now I would like to introduce the best-dressed man in Country music") and had the audience eating out of his hand by the end of the night. One of my favorite "live music moments" ever was at the end of that day, when Mumford & Sons, Dawes, JTE, Haim, and of course Apache closed out the show with an electrifying cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" - made even better by the moment where everyone in the crowd hollered "JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE!" during the verse. Singing that famous tune about Johnson City while staying in Johnson City? I think that's we call a moment. Or meta. Whatever. It was cool. 

Cut to a few months ago. I get a ring from two girls around my age who were like "...hey, we really wanted to start a music festival... so we did.  Apache Relay is playing and so are a lot of other cool people, and we're partnering up with Southern Living to do it. Want to write about it and give away some tickets?" And I was totally like... duh. 

Revival Music Festival takes place in Birmingham next weekend, August 24 all Saturday long, and boats a serious lineup that includes pretty much everyone that anybody who cares about this kind of thing would want to go hear. That means yes - Apache, but also Jason Isbell, Leagues, Dirty Guv'nahs (pictured above), Elenowen, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and The Co

Allow me to cut right to the chase: I'll be there. If you want to go too, I have free tickets. No hassle, just leave me a comment below and a way to contact you and I'll pick someone on Friday.

Double your entry, tweet this at me:
I want to party at the @RevivalBham music fest! Ticket giveaway on @TheLoveList! http://bit.ly/13Addza



Dwight Davis said...

I'd love to get tickets. My wife and I love all the bands but can't afford to go.


Katherine Marsh said...

Jess I love your blog and it's so great you live in Atlanta and are promoting our Birmingham music scene!

Thanks so much for offering up your Revival tickets, I would love to go!

Ashley Norris said...

I love all of the bands! My friend and I are on a tight budget for the fall due to student teaching. We would love to go though!

Ashley Norris

MFH said...

As a music lover this would be an awesome music festival to attend. I have never been to Alabama before so what a great opportunity to travel west. Great bands + yummy bourbon = good ole Southern time!

Meggie Hulsey
Heartfelt Confessions Blog

Dusty said...

Jess - Great post and thanks for taking me down Memory Lane as I was also in the Bristol TN crowd for GOTR! What a day and you perfectly captured the Wagon Wheel emotion on point. I would love to win the Revival tix.

Thanks again-
Dusty Allison

Lynnsey said...

I love Birmingham, lived here for 5 years and love it more every day! Needless to say, I'd love to go! May have to call in to work to attend since that's my weekend to work but I already feel a cold coming on. *cough *cough *sniffle ;-) Lynnsey017@gmail.com

Allison V. said...

I have been eyeing those tickets for a while and would LOVE to win a pair. Thank you for promoting such great music!


Sloan Crawford said...

Pick me! Pick me! Thank you @eastallings for the heads up:)


Janeise Harmon said...

What an awesome little trip this would make! Just a hop, skip, and jump from Columbus, GA.


hannahfaye said...

I have been dying to get tickets to this event! I am a college student from Birmingham and have been following The Dirty Guv'nahs for a while now. I have also been working on starting my own blog this week where I hope to post reviews of books and bands. Your blog is beautiful and such an inspiration! This is a great post with the opportunity to attend a great event!

Thank you for sharing :)
- Hannah Faye



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