Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013 lineup: Colin Meloy and more - Reverb

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013 lineup headliners announced: Colin Meloy, Patty Griffin and more

The good word just came down the pike from Lyons: The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013 lineup is out, in a preliminary stage.

The beloved Lyons festival — held this year on Aug. 16-18 — has announced some of its headliners and supporting acts this morning, and there’s some excitement in them there hills, including a rare solo set from the Decemberists’ frontman and a couple folk/roots legends in the mix.

The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy will play this year’s Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, according to the festival’s website. Meloy’s band has played Folks Fest’s sister event Telluride Bluegrass Festival twice, and when we made the trek in 2011 to see a TBF that included Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, the Head and the Heart and Emmylou Harris, the Decemberists were our favorite set of the long weekend.

Also on today’s big announce for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013: Folk hero Patty Griffin, who wowed us earlier this month at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin; Loreena McKennitt, who played Telluride Bluegrass Festival back in 1993; John Butler Trio, the popular Australian act that has headlined its own Red Rocks shows in recent summers; and one of Denver’s most favorite sons, songwriter (and Born in the Flood frontman) Nathaniel Rateliff.

More artists will be announced in the coming months. Three-day passes and camping are still available at bluegrass.com and 800-624-2422.

The full preliminary lineup for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2013:

Loreena McKennitt

John Butler Trio

Patty Griffin

Colin Meloy

Mary Gauthier

Nathaniel Rateliff

Lynn Miles

Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long

Ariana Gillis

Robby Hecht

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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