Harris, Raitt, Earle play Hardly Strictly Festival online
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Harris, Raitt, Earle play Hardly Strictly Festival online

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle and the Halfgrass Dukes will appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival as part of this year's Let The Music Play On Broadcast.

The music airs on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific on Circle TV, HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com, HSB Facebook, YouTube and Nugs.TV.

This marks the 20th anniversary of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

HSB is usually held live in early October in San Francisco over the course of a weekend.

The Half Dukes feature Tim O'Brien and Dennis Crouch. First time performers are Birds of Chicago, Sierra Ferrell and Tré Burt and returning performers Carrie Rodriguez, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock.

Other performers include Yola, Patty Griffin, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Robert Earl Keen, Shakey Graves, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Alison Brown, Amythyst Kiah, Boz Scaggs, Chuck Prophet, John Doe of X, Jon Langford and Sally Timms,

"I've been so lucky to be able to host a day on the Rooster Stage for the last six years or so and invite friends and acts that I just love and think people would adore," said Miller. "This year, we're doing the "Cavalcade of Stars" from my studio with a lot of those same people – Emmylou Harris, The War & Treaty, Ashley Monroe, Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert, The McCrary Sisters and Jim Lauderdale."

The performances will be accompanied by select archival moments and interviews highlighting the festival's history.

As part of the Let the Music Play On initiative, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass announced a charitable partnership with Artist Relief, a fund created by a coalition of national arts grant makers, to support musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In this partnership, the festival has donated $1 million in immediate relief for musicians across the country and will work with Artist Relief to raise awareness and funds for musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis leading up to and during this year's festival.

A national, multidisciplinary partnership between Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MAP Fund, National YoungArts Foundation and United States Artists, Artist Relief is a emergency relief fund that provides $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Since launching in April, the fund has disbursed over $13 million to artists across the nation with $2.3 million to musicians directly.

"As artists, we are constantly being motivated by our passions, but during hard times it can be difficult to create and innovate," said GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee and HSB participant Dom Flemons. "Art has always served as a reflection of the world, so now more than ever it's important for artists to keep on creating.

Tax-deductible donations can be made at artistrelief.org/hsb. All donations made through this link will be applied directly to aid for musicians.

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