Folks Festival announces Lyle Lovett, Amos Lee, Randy Newman, Dawes as initial headliners for 2012 - Reverb

News: Lyle Lovett, Amos Lee, Dawes to play Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

The 22nd annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival has some familiar names on lineup for 2012, as announced this morning by Planet Bluegrass.

Lyle Lovett & His Band, Amos Lee and Randy Newman lead the pack — and they’ll all be a treat to see at the relatively intimate Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons Aug. 17-19.

But perhaps the most exciting name so far is Dawes, the L.A. indie-folk outfit that turned many heads last year at nationwide festivals and at Red Rocks Amphithatre opening for Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Three-day passes, $125, are on sale now through bluegrass.com. While the festival itself is not likely to sell out for a few more months, fewer than two dozen spaces remain for the instructional “Song School” (Aug. 12-16). The preliminary Song School faculty includes Mary Gauthier, Darrell Scott and Peter Himmelman, according to the release.

Initial Folks Festival lineup:

Lyle Lovett & His Band
Amos Lee
Randy Newman
Kasey Chambers
Dawes
Darrell Scott
Peter Himmelman
Elephant Revival
Caleb Hawley

Revisit our coverage of the 2011 Folks Festival.

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John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist for The Denver Post. Follow his rants on music and more on Twitter.

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