The Red Dirt and Gold Dust Music Festival returns Saturday to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp.
The second annual event will feature several of the Red Dirt industry’s up-and-coming musicians.
So what exactly is Red Dirt music?
“It’s a mix of Americana, outlaw country, classic country, southern rock, and bluegrass,” said organizer Jeremy Leonard, owner of Whiskey Slide Productions in Angels Camp.
“Basically, everything from Merle Haggard to the Rolling Stones mixed up into one.”
Leonard hopes those in town for Willie Nelson’s sold-out show at Ironstone Amphitheatre on Friday night will also check out Saturday’s festival.
Performers include three married couples: Jason Eady and Courtney Patton, Cottonwood Creek and Porter Union in addition to Jamie Lin Wilson. Other appearances are scheduled by Smooth Roose, John D. Hale and Evan Webb.
Gates open at 2 p.m., with music starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until about 10 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at whiskeyslideproductions.com for $25 each. Tickets will increase to $30 on Saturday. The event is free for children 10 and younger. Parking is $5 with proceeds going to Calaveras 4-H. Tickets purchased online will be at will call on Saturday.
Along with live music, vendors will offer food, drinks and crafts. No outside food or drinks will be allowed into the fairgrounds.
Saturday’s lineup includes:
• Jason Eady has been writing and performing his own music since the age of 14. The songsmith from Stephenville, Texas, has also served in the Air Force. His 2012 album “AM Country Heaven” debuted in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. His new self-titled album was released in April and features songs such as “Where I’ve Been,” “Waiting to Shine” and “40 Years.”
“Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself with every album,” he said. “So instead of writing what I think people want to hear, I’m writing what I want to write and trusting that as long as it’s coming from an honest place it’ll hopefully mean something to the people listening too.”
• Courtney Patton has spent the last few years building her lifelong passion into a real career. She has performed for audiences around the world with tours through Europe, Canada and across America. Her latest album, “Something Together,” is an acoustic duet with her husband Jason Eady.
• Cottonwood Creek hails from nearby Merced. This husband-and-wife duo of Scott and Maggie Little have joined together with their diverse musical backgrounds.
Earlier this year, they independently released their self-titled debut album, which reached No. 21 on the iTunes charts within hours after its release. As they continue to tour nationwide, they’ve shared the stage with country stars such as Mark Chestnutt, Jake Owen, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina.
• Porter Union, formerly the Cole Porter Band, will return this year from Springfield, Missouri. This Americana-influenced duo went into the studio earlier this year with producer Joshua Thompson (producer/bassist for Cody Jinks) to create the album that they have always wanted to.
“We’re happy to say that after six years we still love playing music, and now more then ever, we realize that this is the life we were meant to live,” the duo said.
• Jamie Lin Wilson, a Texas-based singer-songwriter, broke into the country/folk scene as a co-lead vocalist in the Gougers and then went on to the all- female band The Trishas. The Trishas toured the country and in 2012 had a hit album, “High, Wide and Handsome.” Now, Wilson’s solo career has taken off with her album “Holidays & Wedding Rings.”