The Second BeachLife Event of 2022 Graces the South Bay in September. This Time, in Boots
- Written byKat Monk
- AboveBrandi Carlile
Western style has taken hold of many unsuspecting households since Yellowstone became a beloved hit television series. Maybe you have been hankering for an opportunity to don some fringe and cowboy boots.
Well, you’re in luck … BeachLife Ranch is bringing country music and Americana to the warm sounds of the South Bay on September 16–18. BeachLife Festival founder Allen Sanford says the annual event “brings together two different cultures, finds the common ground and throws a party right on that spot.”
Starting Friday, September 16, the festival kicks off with some Americana favorites: The Lumineers with none other than Old Crow Medicine Show. Both bands are sure to bring the house down. While I have never thought of Hall & Oates as Americana, the nostalgic folks here in the South Bay are beyond excited to see them perform their hits.
Going a bit deeper into the South, some good old-fashioned country music takes the stage on Saturday. Grab some “Beers on Me” with the one and only Dierks Bentley, and just maybe his alter ego ’90s parody band Hot Country Knights will make an appearance. Dierks’ guitar player, Charlie Worsham, formerly a moonlight player in Old Crow Medicine Show, enjoys a solo career of his own and was recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry family.
Above: (Large Image) Tenille Townes; (Small Images) Maddie & Tae; Ashley McBryde
Original outlaw Waylon Jennings passed away in 2002, but son Shooter Jennings and an all-star cast will play Waylon’s songs with heavy hitters like Ashley McBryde, Yelawolf, Devon Allman, John Doe, Lukas Nelson and lead guitarist for the Foo Fighters, Chris Shiflett.
And don’t miss Tenille Townes. This beauty with her white cowboy boots and customized guitar hails from Canada but sings straight out of Nashville. If you get a chance, there is an amazing video clip of her “killin’ some time in the dressing room” and belting out Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on Instagram.
Americana and alternative country reclaim the stage on Sunday. Brandi Carlile takes over the main stage with her hits “The Joke,” “The Mother” and “The Eye” or “The Story.” Oozing with talent, this self-taught musical supernova crosses genres on the banjo, guitar and piano.
Not that long ago, you could see Willie Nelson’s talented offspring Lukas Nelson playing with his band Promise of the Real at Saint Rocke, but after his performance playing guitar for the character Jackson Maine in the recent adaptation of A Star is Born, anyone would be lucky to see him in a venue of that size these days.
Drive-By Truckers is sure to be a huge hit. This Americana band has been based in Athens, Georgia, since 1996.
“BeachLife Ranch is a celebration of the cowboy-surfer way of life—women, men, children and families who make memories weekend barbecuing and listing to tunes, whether on a ranch or at the beach,” adds Allen. So whether you city slickers prefer a band on the Hither stage or the Yonder stage, true music lovers will not be disappointed.