Earlier this year, some weird-looking beatniks who seemed like they might have slept in a cave the night before, came to Boise Weekly and asked for some money.
Figuring, "What the hey?" we gave it to them as part of our annual Cover Auction Grant.
It was a good decision on our part. They took it and put it into the inaugural Hermit Music Fest, which will go down Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Indian Creek Winery in Kuna, and a feature a killer lineup of roots and Americana music.
Headlining the festival is Austin, Texas's Wayne "the Train" Hancock, whose old-style jump country is a page straight out of the Hank Williams playbook. Hancock also regularly receives shout-outs for being a country badass from Hank Williams III.
Also on the bill is Canada's Petunia and the Vipers, which Bellingham, Wash.'s Cascadia Weekly described as if "David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby. A hillbilly baby that yodeled."
Idaho's cowboy-in-chief Pinto Bennett and Minnesota's The Cactus Blossoms will perform along with a list of locals.
The complete lineup includes:
Wayne “The Train” Hancock
Petunia & The Vipers
The Cactus Blossoms
Water Tower (formerly The Water Tower Bucket Boys)
Huck Notari & The River
The Country Club
James Coberly Smith
High Desert Band
There will also be an old-fashioned ice cream social.
Tickets for the Hermit Music Fest are $15-$45 before Monday, July 1, and $25-$60 after. They are available at The Record Exchange, Dorsey Music in Nampa, Crooked Fence Brewing, Indian Creek Winery and here at BWHQ, located at 523 Broad St.
Online sales are not yet available, but festival organizers say they're working on it.