First performers booked in Regatta lineup
WORTHINGTON — The Unvarnished Music Festival committee had hoped to secure Jalan Crossland as a performer for last year’s event. Unfortunately, he had a previous engagement that took precedence.
“Last year he was playing for the governor of Wyoming and receiving an award,” explained committee member Bill Keitel.
But this year Crossland has been successfully booked, and he will be one of two performers featured at the opening ceremony of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival on June 11 on Worthington’s Sailboard Beach.
Crossland, born and raised in rural Wyoming, is an “alternative country” artist whose songs tell tales of 21st century rural life, accompanied by guitar and banjo fingerpicking. He has traveled as a solo artist and with a band for 20 years. He has been called a “trailer park troubadour,” himself noting that “gossip is better when you sing it.”
Joining Crossland on the opening night stage is another performer with a unique reputation and a résumé that includes an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” — Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Hubbard is a well-known fixture on the Texas music scene, performing a mix of country, folk and blues. His most recent recording is titled “Grifter’s Hymnal.” One of his claims to fame is having written the song “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother,” popularized in the 1970s by Jerry Jeff Walker.
As Worthington is hosting the 2014 U.S. Windsurfing National Championships in conjunction with the Windsurfing Regatta this year, the slate of music will be stretched out over the course of three evenings and one full day, posing a challenge for the music committee.
“We’re trying to get a variety, so there’s something for everyone,” said committee chairwoman Haley Moore. “There’s going to be blues, folk, reggae, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, some alternative stuff. We know we can’t please everyone, but we’re trying to be diverse enough so there should be something they will like. Even in our committee, we all have such different tastes, which is a good thing. That’s the beauty of music.”
In selecting performers, the committee members have taken into consideration feedback they’ve gotten from past years.
“We try to listen to what the crowds are asking for, and the positive feedback we’ve gotten from various groups,” Moore said.
The committee is continuing to finalize the musical slate for the rest of the festival, but Moore confirmed there would be a mix of some past favorite performers along with some new talents.
The Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival will be June 11-14. For more information, go to www.worthingtonwindsurfing.com.
Daily Globe Features Editor Beth Rickers can be reached at 376-7327.