3 Reasons KDHX’s Twangfest Rocks

Jerry Miller playing sweet riffs at Twangfest.

This weekend, we threw on our favorite cowboy boots and showed up early to get a spot front and center for Friday night’s Twangfest. The annual three-day event put on by St. Louis’ local radio station KDHX, Twangfest was held at the Duck Room in Blueberry Hill and Plush. This is the event’s 17th year spotlighting Americana music, a genre that is quickly rising in popularity among music connoisseurs because of its distinct sound and fusion of roots music—blues, folk, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. The Friday night lineup did anything but disappoint featuring soulful songstress Eilen Jewell, the Austin-based group Asleep at the Wheel and St. Louis’ own two-stepping group known as the Half Knots. We had so much fun we had to share our favorite moments at Twangfest and why it must be added to your concert agenda next year.

1. Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell with guitarist Jerry Miller.

With songs such as “High Shelf Booze,” “Bang Bang Bang” and “Mess Around,” you may get a little idea of Eilen’s feisty lyrics and sultry rhythms. Her guitarist, Jerry Miller, adds bluesy, soulful riffs to the equation, creating a sound that is dark, sexy and impossible to resist a little hip-swaying action.

2. Western Wear and Untamed Facial Hair

Twangfest Patrons

Beards and beer-stained cowboy boots were a common theme among Twangfest attendees. The down-to-earth style goes hand-in-hand with the music, and don’t think you are going to get out of participating in boot stompin’ with this lively crowd.

3. Steel Guitars

Eddie Rivers, the pedal steel player from Asleep at the Wheel.

There is no such thing as twang without the definitive sound of the steel guitar. Eddie Rivers demonstrated some serious skill on the pedal steel during his set with Asleep at the Wheel.

KDHX truly rocks this festival, bringing in the most talented, popular and genre-defining Americana groups. Visit kdhx.org to keep updated on upcoming events and twangfest.com for information about next year’s Twangfest lineup.

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