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Hardly or Strictly? A Guide to the Bands of This Year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Which are which?

 

The full lineup for the 2014 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was just announced. And holy smokes, it's good. But are the bands hardly or strictly bluegrass? Using a scientific method—consisting of reading the name of the band—we figured it out. Below, the results of our exhaustive investigation. 

St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Carlene Carter
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Apache Relay
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Parker Millsap
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Sarah Jarosz
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Caitlin Rose
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Sam Chase
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Aquabats! (Friday morning middle school program)
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Hot Rize Featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Rising Appalachia
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Mavis Staples
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Evolfo
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Conor Brings Friends For Friday Featuring: Waxahatchee, The Good Life, Jonathan Wilson, Sharon Van Etten, Dawes, and Conor Oberst
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Shelly Colvin
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Waybacks
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Holler Down The Hollow: A Hardly Strictly Salute To the Masters (Dickens, Hellman, Reed, Scruggs, Seeger, Watson & Winchester)
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Reckless Kelly
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Chris Smither
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

The McCrary Sisters
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Bruce Cockburn
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Red Baraat
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Peter Rowan's Twang An' Groove,
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys,
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Buckwheat Zydeco,
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Social Distortion
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Emmylou Harris
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly, obviously.

The Flatlanders Featuring Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Rose's Pawn Shop
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Felice Brothers
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Malawi Mouse Boys
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Jesse DeNatale
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Dry Branch Fire Squad,
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Dwight Yoakam
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Willie Watson
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Dave Rawlings Machine,
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Rosanne Cash
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Lucinda Williams
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Alison Brown Quintet
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express 'Strings In The Temple'
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Chuck Cannon
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Robbie Fulks
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Jason Isbell
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Lone Bellow
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Yo La Tengo
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Deltron 3030 with The 3030 Orchestra
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Sun Kil Moon
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Ryan Adams
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

T Bone Burnett, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Chris Isaak
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Johnnyswim
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

John Prine
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Lake Street Dive
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Whograss
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Blue Rodeo
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Tweedy
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Robert Earl Keen
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Kevin Welch
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Kieran Kane & Fats Kaplin
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Buddy Miller's Cavalcade of Stars: Kate York, Striking Matches, Nikki Lane, Shawn Colvin, Tony Joe White, Buddy Miller & Friends
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Justin Townes Earle
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Poor Man's Whiskey (Friday morning middle school program)
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Moonalice
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

Built To Spill
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Mastersons
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Cibo Matto
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

X Acoustic
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The Go To Hell Man Clan
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

The High Bar Gang 
Hardly or Strictly? Strictly

Bad Luck Jonathan
Hardly or Strictly? Hardly

 

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