Secret Stages Lineup Announcement: Courtney Marie Andrews, Erin Rae, Caroline Says, Ruby Boots, Will Stewart, and more!

Each year since 2011, Secret Stages has continued to bring an impressive mix of independent folk, rock, and hip-hop artists to a variety of venues in Birmingham, Alabama. The festival will return this year on Aug 3-4, 2018, with the first of three lineup phases announcing today. Phase one includes multiple emerging indie folk artists who released breakout albums this year like Courtney Marie Andrews, Erin Rae, Caroline Says, Ruby Boots, and Birmingham’s own Will Stewart. Please see below for the full lineup (graphic and copy included).

Courtney Marie Andrews was recently nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards on the heels of her new album, May Your Kindness Remain, which is out now on Fat Possum Records/Mama Bird Recording Co. The Fader calls Andrews “A punk-steeped folkie casting sideways glances at mainstream country à la Lucinda Williams,” and NPR Music praises May Your Kindness Remain as “a collection of songs, borne from interactions with others, that strives for healing and empathy in the midst of division and discord.”

Hailed as “Part Of A New Wave Of Feminist Country Musicians” by NYLON, Erin Rae’s new album, Putting On Airs, was released last week on Single Lock Records. NPR Music calls Rae “a singer-songwriter adept in making personal inquiries feel universal,” and Rolling Stone Country says her voice “evoke[s] the effortlessness of Nick Drake with the velvet coo of Mary Travers.”

Caroline Says is the moniker for singer/songwriter/producer Caroline Salle, who is a Huntsville, Alabama-native now living in Austin, Texas. Her sophomore LP, No Fool Like an Old Fool, released earlier this year via Western Vinyl, and Stereogum praised, “Her songs are graceful, swooning, amniotic entities — richly conceived compositions basking in texture and mood. They exist in a sonic universe nearby Yo La Tengo’s quieter, more contemplative work, Grizzly Bear’s most placid lullabies, the Clientele’s sighing twilight guitar balladry, My Morning Jacket’s languid Americana, and Broadcast’s futurist metropolitan psych among other reference points that should have you already pressing play if you know what’s good for you…It’s spectacular stuff.”

Australian singer/songwriter Ruby Boots (born Bex Chilcott) released her first album since moving to Nashville, Tennessee, Don’t Talk About It, via Bloodshot Records at the beginning of 2018. The Bluegrass Situation says, “Music powerhouses such as Deborah Harry, Stevie Nicks, and Linda Ronstadt are a few of the trailblazers Bex draws inspiration from. Much like these icons, Bex has developed a specific style that speaks of her grit, resilience, and all-around badassery.” Vice’s music site Noisey adds, “Boots worked with both Nikki Lane (a close friend of hers) and Beau Bedford (of the Texas Gentlemen) on this record to create a sound that honestly hits the nail on the head in terms of what modern country and Americana audiences are searching for in today’s releases.”

Will Stewart recently released County Seat on Cornelius Chapel Records, which landed him on Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” with the descriptor, “Literate, introspective folk-rock from the Deep South.” The album details the singer/songwriter’s return to Alabama from Nashville, and Wide Open Country praises, “Songs like the somber ‘Brush Arbor’ paint a portrait of the modern south with all its beauty and flaws, while the striking ‘Equality, AL’ finds a balance between the stark loneliness and peacefulness of life in the deep south.”

These artists are just a few of the 50+ phenomenal acts that will play Secret Stages, Birmingham’s music discovery festival, this year on August 3 & 4. Tickets are on sale now with VIP, Weekend Passes, and Day Passes available here:

Amanda Glasser (Baltimore, MD)
Andrew Bryant (Oxford, MS)
BÊNNÍ (New Orleans, LA)
Caroline Says (Austin, TX)
City Electric (Fairhope, AL)
Courtney Marie Andrews (Phoenix, AZ)
Dogwood Lung (Auburn, AL)
Dommel Mosel (Birmingham, AL)
Erin Rae (Nashville, TN)
Flamingo Shadow (Atlanta, GA)
Kadesh Flow (Kansas City, MO)
Pamela_ and her sons (Philadelphia, PA)
Phantom Limb (Birmingham, AL)
Reality Something (Nashville, TN)
Ruby Boots (Nashville, TN)
The Invisible Teardrops (Florence, AL)
Will Stewart (Birmingham, AL)

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