The Tenth
            Brooklyn Country Music Festival, August 20-23, 2015 at the
            Bell House
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Ramblin' Jack Elliot is a National Medal of The Arts recipient for his contribution to American folk music, a five-time Grammy nominee and a two-time Grammy winner. He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others.

At seventy-seven, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal.  You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.

Ramblin' Jack Elliot closes out The Tenth Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House, Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9pm.

The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival
August 20-23, 2015 at The Bell House

August 21, 2015

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Friday, August 21, 2015,
The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival, Day Two

Julia Haltigan by Marc McAndrews
Julia Haltigan

Friday, August 21, 2015
 7pm, Frontier Room

Julia Haltigan - A blonde bombshell with a rebel spirit, Julia Haltigan embodies the classic grit and style of the Lower East Side’s insurgent nature. Clad in leather, Julia’s dominating stage presence mesmerizes crowds. She uses her booming and soulful voice to draw the audience into her seductive embrace.

Born just off the Bowery and raised on the infamous Ludlow Street, Julia Haltigan is bold and unremitting. She’s a rare native New Yorker that can be found haunting the streets of a long lost grungy Empire City. Interview Magazine agrees, saying “Julia Haltigan’s timeless voice, look and persona make her something of a period piece. Her effervescent performances are also known to entrance entire crowds”. Julia spent her childhood going to rooftop parties at the Chelsea Hotel with her dad and spending her days at the iconic Sixth Street Specials motorcycle shop where she learned to ride before most people learned to drive. Its these unique experiences growing up in NY in the ‘80’s that make up the core of the young artist she is today.

Her critically acclaimed 2012 album “My Green Heart” was followed up by her EP “Magneto”. The success of these two albums earned her a spot performing in the ASCAP Millenium showcase at the Kennedy Center. Her life-long love affair with motorcycles drew the attention of Discovery Channel’s producers who featured her on the hit show “Cafe Racer”. Julia stole the show at Chicago’s Motoblot festival, toured with The Waterboys and sang alongside Justin Townes Earle on the David Letterman Show. She’s opened for musical icons like Judy Collins and Steve Earle and has also shared the stage with Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Gegory Alan Isokov, The Bogmen, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, Jack Antonoff, Lonnie Holley, Cory Chisel and more.

In addition to her solo project, Julia has teamed up with Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda to form “the Singles” who were produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Julia has also been moonlighting as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More”.

Your Ex Girlfriends by Marc McAndrews
Your Ex-Girlfriends
Friday, August 21, 2015
8pm, Main Event Hall

Your Ex-Girlfriends - We are Your Ex-Girlfriends, an all-girl, all-blonde, country cover band based in New York City. Our sound is a cocktail of vocal harmonies, guitars, fiddle, piano, bass, steel, and drums, and we cover everything from Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton to Big Mama Thornton and Fine Young Cannibals, taking clever, sassy turns on familiar favorites. Our sound is high-heeled honky tonk–energetically country, but with plenty of bluegrass, blues, and good ol' rock and roll thrown into the mix.
The band pairs cowboy swagger and outlaw charm with Barbie looks and uptown class, and has a large and devoted NYC following. Your Ex-Girlfriends have played packed shows at Highline Ballroom, Hill Country, the Bell House, the Cutting Room, Mercury Lounge, and Rockwood Music Hall, and are also available for private events. We treat every show like a party, and with a variety of special guests bringing mandolins, dobros, harmonicas, and even a pair of spoons, spending an evening with Your Ex-Girlfriends has never been so much fun.

“Your Ex-Girlfriends put a rock ‘n’ roll spin on country music classics....these gals also push audience gender expectations, taking cowboy songs and cranking them to 11.”
— Max Yaeger, Brooklyn Paper

"A seriously butt-kicking, foot-stomping country band, with a name as memorable as they look and sound."
— Gary Field

Aron Blue & the Bootleggers
Aron Blue & The Bootleggers

Friday, August 21, 2015
 830pm, Frontier Room

Aron Blue & The Bootleggers - Aron Blue and the Bootleggers rock out, honkytonk style-- a little Loretta Lynn, a little AC/DC, with some Woody Guthrie thrown in on the side. Alone and with the Bootleggers, she has performed in Brooklyn and the East Village at venues such as The Stone, The Way Station, Jalopy Theater, Branded Saloon, and Parkside Lounge. She’s also performed at Montreal’s fabulous L’escalier.
"Rounding out the lineup are Aron Blue and the Bootleggers, a honky-tonk/rock hybrid. They’ve written Brooklyn-themed songs any local audience member can understand, like one with the lyric 'You know the G train, it won’t take you home till you’re almost gone.' Good to know, considering the Bell House is a few blocks from the G." - New York Times

                      Friedman by Chris Sikich
Andy Friedman &
 The Other Failures

Friday, August 21, 2015
9pm, Main Event Hall

Andy Friedman & The Other Failures - Over the course of the past decade, Andy Friedman has garnered a reputation for writing "achingly profound lyrics to brooding country-folk numbers that put him almost in the same league as Tom Waits, Lou Reed, or Bob Dylan” (  He has performed on many of the nation’s premier stages, and has been a guest on NPR’s Mountain Stage, Nashville’s Music City Roots, and  XM’s Bob Edwards Show.  Also an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer, his work has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New York Times, Esquire, Playboy, and TIME, among others.  For this appearance, Friedman will reunite with members of his original band, The Other Failures, to perform his first album, “Taken Man,” in its entirety.  Andy Friedman & The Other Failures have not performed together since 2009.  


Friday, August 21, 2015
 10pm, Main Event Hall

Gangstagrass - There are only three bands that can tame a mountain lion just by playing. Gangstagrass is one of them. Gangstagrass is also the other two of them.

When you armwrestle Bigfoot, don't win. And for god's sake don't cheat.

Gangstagrass is a dirty fightin', gator wrestlin', foot stompin' bluegrass-hip-hop project of Brooklyn based producer Rench, who has spent the last decade making gritty, soulful country hip-hop music that you will actually like.

Yeah, Gangstagrass did the theme song to Justified. Yeah, Rench and T.O.N.E-z got nominated for an Emmy for it. Yeah, this is real bluegrass pickers and real emcees making music. And yeah, we do it live too. (Photo by Michael Bush)

                      & Die co
Friday, August 21, 2015
Susquehanna Industrial
Tool & Die Co.
11pm,  Frontier Room

Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. is the little trio with the big hillbilly sound. Well, their name's big at the very least. And, for nearly three years now, the "SIT & Die" boys, as they're known, have been producing a quality-built "Ballads, Boogies, & Blues", as says their motto, that's made the bottles bounce on the tables of some of New York City's swellest joints. Consisting of singing accompanied by the rhythm and "take-off" guitars and doghouse bass, the boys offer up a mix of not only original compositions, but also those of Rhythm & Blues, "rock-a-billy", and Country & Western artists that they just happen to like. They do their best to really put on a show, dress sharp as a tack, and are rarely (okay, never) at a loss for words when faced with an audience. In the end, won't you kindly consider SIT & Die Co. to satisfy your most exacting hillbilly music needs?

                      Hill And Alex Battles

Linda Hill & Alex Battles, BCMF co-hosts

Honky Tonk Radio Girl
Honky Tonk Radio Girl


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  Four Day Passes!

"We Hope To See You at The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival!"

The Bell House

The Bell House

10th BCMF Performer Bios

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 Past Festivals

6th Brooklyn Country Music Festival Poster