It promises to be a big weekend for all involved at the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival, officially starting today and going through May 12. Dwight Yoakam and the Zac Brown Band will represent country music in the ecclectic lineup, while other performers will include the Black Keys, Jane's Addiction, Blues Traveler, and the legendary Mavis Staples.
Situated on three stages spread over 26 acres on the grounds at the Napa Valley Expo in the City of Napa, BottleRock Napa Valley attendees will enjoy the best the area has to offer in wine, craft beer and food.
The bill includes Americana act the Secret Sisters. Comprised of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, the duo's 2010 debut made a lot of critical waves for the duo. Laura tells Billboard she can't wait to not only take to the stage – but to get there, given the lineup.
"We got the offer, then looked to see what the lineup was, and we were so blown away by all of the other artists that were playing there," she said, adding that this will kick off their next touring cycle. "We haven't been doing much touring lately, so to be able to kick it off with such a good festival, we can't wait to get out there. We're getting there on Thursday, though we don't play until Sunday."
When asked who she is looking forward to seeing onstage, she said "We're very excited to see the Black Keys. We've never seen them in a festival setting before. We're also excited to see our friend Brandi Carlile. She's playing the same day we're playing. To be included on the bill is such an honor. I've always had a secret crush on Dwight Yoakam though he could probably be my dad," she says with a smile.
Recording-wise, the Secret Sisters have been busy, as well. "We are planning on putting out our second album this summer. We worked with T Bone Burnett, and it turned out great. I think it will be a little more rock and roll than the first record was. We're really pumped about it."
One song that they may perform at BottleRock is "Why Baby Why." They recorded the George Jones classic for their debut album three years ago, and were definitely affected by the icon's passing a couple of weeks ago.
"It was such a huge honor for that to be our first real appearance in the music world, to make that testimonial about how much George Jones meant to us was so important. I remember every Sunday morning, our dad would put a George Jones record before Church, and we would listen to that before we got ready. I think his musical legacy was so influential to us. To have that on his first record before he passed away, I'm glad we could make that statement about him while he was still living."
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