Holy jeez. Who wants to head to Kentucky in June?
The Railbird Festival has been around for a few years now, mixing Kentucky horse racing culture and the state’s favorite spirit of bourbon with a diverse musical experience. The festival held their inaugural gathering in 2019 before the pandemic, and returned in 2021. Previously the headliners and undercard have been more oriented towards adult contemporary artists, indie rock artists, and Americana. Last year the headliners were My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges, Dave Matthews Band, and Jason Isbell for example.
But in 2023, the Railbird Festival is leaning more into the independent country side of music and their Kentucky roots, booking Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan as headliners, as well as stocking the lineup with Sierra Ferrell, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Molly Tuttle, 49 Winchester, Town Mountain, Cole Chaney, Brit Taylor, The Local Honeys, and so on and so forth. Sunday, June 4th is especially packed with country music goodness.
You still have a few artists from outside of the roots world like Sheryl Crow and Weezer on the lineup. But overall, the 2023 Railbird Festival lineup is killer. They are also moving the festival this year to Red Mile Gaming and Racing, which is right in the heart of downtown Lexington. Railbird will continue to offer hoity-toity VIP and luxury packages for all you blue bloods out there.
Similar to the Two Step Inn Festival in Georgetown, TX this upcoming spring, and Under The Big Sky Fest in Montana this upcoming summer, festivals no longer have to lean on big rock acts as headliners, and can book artists like Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers as massive draws, speaking to the emerging strength of country music that can’t be found on the radio.
Presale starts on December 8th at noon Eastern. You can sign up for the presale and get more information at railbirdfest.com .