some of the best singer/songwriters and Americana artists on the scene
today, even though genres aren't so strictly defined as to exclude other
acts that tend to bend the boundaries. Organized by Atlanta's Sixthman
organization, it's akin to a floating music festival, one that lasts
seven days and spreads itself out over several shipboard venues. I've
seen Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller,
Richard Thompson, Brandi Carlisle, the Indigo Girls, Loudon Wainwright,
and John Prine in the most intimate of environs, but the opportunity to
catch up with the artists in informal settings -- at the pool, during a
shore excursion, or even as they scarf down their meals in the buffet --
makes for an incredible experience that can't be duplicated in the usual
landlocked concert environment.
noteworthy, then, that representatives of the Sixthman clan are taking to
the road in a bus tour that will hit various intimate venues
nationwide for the Summer Road Trip while spotlighting some of the artists that play Cayamo and
the company's other cruises. While the talent doesn't exactly qualify
for headliner status -- Chuck Cannon, Tim Brantley, Bronze Radio Return,
and Trailer Park Ninjas are among those being touted -- the tour does
offer an introduction to many of the performers that have become
regulars on the various Sixthman circuit, Cayamo included.
tour kicks off with a stop at Miami's Transit Lounge this evening. Naturally, you can expect the company reps to be on hand,
chatting up the audience and encouraging those in attendance to sign up
for one of their many outings. Sadly, next year's Cayamo, set to embark
in February, is already sold out, but there is a waiting list for those
who want to hold out for a possible opening. However, with the recent
announcement that Lucinda Williams has been added to the 2012 lineup, I
wouldn't be holding my breath.
wait an entire year between visits with our community, so we are going
to them and bringing artists with us," Sixthman CEO and founder Andy
Levine said in a news release. He cited a 2006 tour with the Zac Brown
Band that helped give the group initial exposure.