SouthSounds 2017 Lineup Announcement
Text by Tim Borland
Click above image for SouthSounds website and full lineup
SouthSounds 2017 will return with a bigger and better lineup of over 65 bands this year. Occurring April 7-9 in a number of venues located within downtown Mobile, the festival is the must-hear music event of the year. Audiophiles get their aural fix at SouthSounds by discovering the latest and greatest in independent Southern music. SouthSounds has grown over the years into a fully fledged independent non-profit enterprise.
This year’s lineup will be anchored bands such as The Wild Feathers, a Nashville, Tenn. act already gaining attention for their song “The Ceiling.” Another great headliner, The Marcus King Band, has been making waves with his single “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That.” The South Carolina group’s self titled debut album was produced by none other than Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule and Allman Bros fame. In addition, well known New Orleans, La. performer Big Freedia is guaranteed to present a memorable live performance. Big Freedia has become even more well known due to guesting on “Formation” off of Beyonce’s Lemonade album. John “JoJo” Herman, the organist for Widespread Panic, will be performing with his solo band JoJo’s Slim Wednesday. Dirty Dozen Brass Band is another Nola great who will be performing, as well Louisiana acts Sweet Crude, and Bantam Foxes.
Mod Mobilian spoke with the Bantam Foxes at the 2016 incarnation of SouthSounds, interview linked below:
“Smaller festivals like Southsounds are killer for regional music scenes because they help smaller bands, like ourselves, get in front of larger audiences. They build a community… ,” Sam McCabe of Bantam Foxes expressed.
There will also be many returning SouthSounds “alums.” Jamell Richardson spoke with Mod Mobilian during the 2016 festival about how important an event like this is to up and coming musicians. Many locals know Richardson as the Gulf Coast Blues Boy.
“South Sounds provides a platform for local artists, like myself and others, and opens the doors for those who’ve never had the exposure,” Richardson insisted.
The Underhill Family Orchestra, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet, Eric Erdman, Glass War, Redfield, and The Hallers should all be familiar names to Azalea City music lovers. Many of these bands have performed SouthSounds in the past, and have supported its growth through the years. Steven Bryte Laney of Underhill spoke with Mod Mobilian about his repeat performances at SouthSounds.
Underhill Family Orchestra at SouthSounds 2016
“Its always a pleasure to play the festival. We have been on since it was LoDa Live and love it very much as well as the organizing crew. It’s always a nice relief and a release of sorts to play as the home team on your own field for your oldest friends and fans, especially when you spend as much time playing on the road as we do,” Underhill Family Orchestra guitarist and vocalist Steven Bryte Laney shared.
Mobilians who have not yet attended the festival are missing out on one of the best experiences the Port City has to offer. The event is currently a mere $25 for normal priced tickets and $75 for VIP for advance tickets. Couples can save money by buying a pair of VIP for $120, a thirty dollar discount. This year’s SouthSounds may be one of the most crowded yet, so it would behoove interested music fans to purchase their tickets in advance via the SouthSounds website, listed below. Mod Mobilian will be present on the scene with live updates during SouthSounds 2017.