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2020 Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

August 7 & 8, Deer Lake Park
Tickets on sale February 21 at 10:00 AM

Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival 2020

Expanding to two days for the first time, the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival returns to picturesque Deer Lake Park on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2020 and will feature performances by Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle & The Dukes, St Paul and The Broken Bones, Colter Wall, Black Pumas, Son Little, Amigo the Devil, Tonye Aganaba and Jeremie Albino.

Brandi Carlile

Five-time GRAMMY award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and producer Brandi Carlile is currently in the midst of a landmark year following the release of her Grammy Award-winning album,By The Way, I Forgive You. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes ten new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, including “The Joke.” Of her breakthrough performance of the song on the live GRAMMY broadcast, The New York Times proclaimed, “Carlile’s vocals were robust, ragged, full of sneer and hope. On a night curiously light on impressive singing, it was an uncomplicated, genuine, cleansing thrill,” while the Los Angeles Times called it, “triumphant” and Rolling Stone described it as, “breathtaking.”

Over the course of their acclaimed career, Carlile and her band have released six albums, including 2017's Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child), which features 14 artists including Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price and Jim James –with a forward written by Barack Obama –covering the songs on Carlile’s 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Profits from the project benefit Children in Conflict via Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation as part of its ongoing campaign to raise $1 million for children impacted by war.

Steve Earle & The Dukes

“It was 1974, I was 19 and I had just hitch-hiked from San Antonio to Nashville,” Earle said in mid-Texas-cum-Greenwhich Village drawl. “Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were, you had to go to Nashville. There were a couple of places where you could get on stage, play your songs. They let you have two drafts, or pass the hat, but you couldn’t do both.”

“If you were from Texas, and serious, Guy Clark was a king. Everyone knew his songs, “Desperados Waiting For a Train,” “LA Freeway”, he’d been singing them before they came out on Old No. 1 in 1975.” “So I was pretty excited when I went into the club and the bartender, a friend of mine says, “Guy’s here.” I wanted him to hear me play. I was doing some of my earliest songs, “Ben McCullough” and “The Mercenary Song.” But he was in the pool room and when I go in there the first thing he says to me is “I like your hat” More than forty years later, Steve Earle, just turned 64 no longer wears a cowboy hat. “It was more than all the hat acts,” Steve contended. “My grandmother told me it was impolite to wear a hat indoors” As for Guy Clark, he’s dead, passed away in 2016 after a decade long stare-down with lymphoma. But Earle wasn’t ready to stop thinking about his friend and mentor.

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