Seventies legend Bonnie Rait among acts announced for Black Deer 2023

BONNIE RAITT Picture: Ken Friedman

THE Black Deer Festival has revealed its first wave of artists on the bill for the 2023 edition of the award-winning festival, taking place at Eridge Park in June next year.

The festival, which returned with great success last year after being cancelled for two-years running due to the pandemic, returns on June 16-18.

Following on from big names that featured in 2022, including Wilco, Van Morrison and The Waterboys, the Americana festival has now announced its first acts for next year.

Joining Black Deer’s 2023 line-up is one of the defining faces of Americana, Bonnie Raitt.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Bonnie has won ten Grammy Awards (as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award), released 18 acclaimed studio albums, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

She continues to inspire, with her 2022 Grammy-nominated Americana Album Of The Year, ‘Just Like That…’ being a timely reminder of her songwriting prowess and exquisite precision over her slide-guitar. She is no doubt an artist who has inspired many other names on the Black Deer bill and definitely not one to be missed.

Joining Bonnie will be Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, who have established themselves as an exhilarating and unique offering, effortlessly weaving the sonic styles of folk, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Teskey Brothers have also been announced. The band has have rapidly amassed a legion of fans around the world with their soulful recordings and stunning live shows that have made them a festival favourite.

Another legend on the Black Deer 2023 line-up will be Lucinda Williams. Widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time, with Time magazine making it official by naming her ‘America’s best songwriter’.

Also on the line-up will be Calexico and Canadian singer-songwriter, Allison Russell, Elles Bailey, Amythyst Kiah who was described by Rolling Stone as ‘one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets’, Liverpool’s ‘Scouse Springsteen’ Robert Vincent, hotly-tipped Canadian bluegrass star Bella White and Arkansas’ Dylan Earl – a Black Deer favourite who wowed crowds at this year’s event during the inaugural Ozark Holler Hottenanny.

Further acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Founders of the Black Deer Festival, Gill Tee and Debs Shilling, said: “We are thrilled to reveal the first names for Black Deer Festival 2023. Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucinda Williams, Allison Russell… it reads like a who’s who of Americana music past and present. We can’t wait to welcome our community back into the deer park to enjoy it all!”

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