Bristol Rhythm & Roots announces 2021 line-up

Organizers of the annual Rhythm & Roots Reunion event are excited to announce Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, and Blackberry Smoke will perform at the music festival in September 2021.

COVID-19 may have cancelled the festival this year, but backers say they are thrilled to share this news for next year.

The 2021 festival also marks the 20th anniversary for the event, to be held Sept. 10-12 in Bristol.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell is among the most respected songwriters of his time. A former member of the Drive-By Truckers, his solo work has earned him four Grammy Awards, nine Americana Music Honors & Awards, and is an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tanya Tucker

A defining voice of music and a modern-day legend, two-time 2020 GRAMMY winner Tanya Tucker continues to inspire artists today. Tanya had her first country hit, the classic “Delta Dawn,” at the age of 13 in 1972. Since that auspicious beginning, she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history.

Blackberry Smoke

Anyone who says rock is dead has never listened to Blackberry Smoke. With heavy guitars layered over soaring organ melodies, a rollicking piano, and a hard-driving backbeat, the Atlanta-based act picks up where Petty, Marshall Tucker, and the Allmans left off to become the reigning champ of Southern rawk.