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Yonder Mountain sets fest line-up

Friday, September 5, 2014 – Yonder Mountain String Band announced the daily line-up for its ninth annual Harvest Music Festival in Arkansas in mid-October.

Highlights include The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles and Willie Watson on the opening day, Thursday, Oct. 16; Carolina Chocolate Drops and Jerry Douglas Band on Friday; and The Devil Makes Three on Friday. Yonder Mountain plays all three days on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, Ark.

Back for the fourth year is the Harvest Songwriting and Fiddlin' & Pickin' Contest on Friday, Oct .18 and Sat, Oct. 18. The Songwriting Contest will allow acoustic performers to submit a short MP3 of their custom Harvest Festival song. Each contestant must mention two out of five predetermined subjects pertaining to the festival including Harvest Music Festival, Mulberry Mountain, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ozark Mountains or Harvest Moon. The Fiddlin' and Pickin' Contest Contestants will be allowed to compete using the mandolin, fiddle, flatpicking guitar, or the banjo and will be judged on execution, rhythm, difficulty/uniqueness and expression. The lucky winner will have a chance to play with one of their favorite bands.

The line-up is:
Thursday
Mountain Sprout, Rose's Pawn Shop, Donna the Buffalo, The Oh Hellos, Arkansauce, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, The Magic Beans, Samantha Fish, The Steepwater Band, Mingo Fishtrap, Coverlets, Dumptruck Butterlips, Grandpa's Cough Medicine, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Whiskey Shivers, The Easy Leaves, The Whiskey Gentry, Deadman Flats, Under the Willow, Damn Quails, Red Eye Gravy, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Sad Daddy, Judah & the Lion, Matt Owen & Eclectic Tuba and Montu.

Friday
Dirtfoot Andy Frasco, Elephant Revival, Split Lip Rayfield, Old Shoe, Paper Bird, Cornmeal, Shook Twins, The Magic Beans, Railroad Earth Tea Leaf Green, Mojo Depot, Red Eye Gravy Cas Haley, The Bottle Rockets, Papa Mali, Trevor Hall, Mountain Sprout, The 1 oz .Jig, Coyote Union Packway Handle Band, Old Salt Union, Totojojo, Foley's Van, Henry + the Invisibles and TAUK

Saturday
Shook Twins, The Steel Wheels, Paper Bird, Lettuce, Railroad Earth, Making Movies, Honey Island Swamp Band, Big Sam's Funky Nation, That 1 Guy, Blackfoot Gypsies, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Everyone Orchestra, Andy Frasco, Jon Wayne & The Pain, Zach Deputy, Ha Ha Tonka, Monzie Leo & the Big Sky, Elephant Revival, Coyote Union Dirtfoot, Franco Americana, Swampbird, Old Shoe, Rolling Foliage, The Irie Lions, Cadillac Jackson, The Magic Beans and Mouth

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