Boz Scaggs, Jim Lauderdale, Fantastic Negrito, Robert Earl Keen and Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi have been added to the lineup of Let The Music Play On, a live-streamed virtual festival produced by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Additionally, organizers have set the date of the one-day festival for Saturday, Oct. 3. It will stream on the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival website on and also be broadcast on Circle TV, home of the Grand Ole Opry. The stream will begin at 2 p.m. PST.
The new lineup additions join Chuck Prophet, Patty Griffin, Birds of Chicago, Los Coast, Shakey Graves, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle & the Halfgrass Dukes, The War and Treaty, Amythyst Kiah, Alison Brown, YOLA, John Doe of X, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Sierra Ferrell.
Let the Music Play On is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of HSB and will include a combination of new performances with archival sets, interviews and more.
“Hardly Strictly bluegrass is definitely unique,” Rhiannon Giddens said in a prepared statement. “The way it was started, the energy it has, there is this incredible warmth that pervades since it’s open to everyone. There’s the air of discovery for a lot of people. There are folks on stage playing to folks that they wouldn’t be playing to who don’t listen to their kind of music. It’s a gathering which is really cool. I feel like Hardly Strictly is really more about the vibe and the heart of the music.”