Updated Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:40 am
Legendary reggae/dub musician and producer Lee "Scratch" Perry and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird have been added to the 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival lineup, according to a Stuart's Opera House email sent today.
The two artists, along with Texas country singer-songwriter Hayes Carll and Columbus, Ohio, indie-rock band Time and Temperature, join other acts such as Iron and Wine, M. Ward and Roky Erickson at this year's fest, to be held May 18-20 at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Active since the 1950s, Lee "Scratch" Perry is known for producing notable reggae and dub musicians such as Bob Marley and The Wailers and Junior Murvin. He is regularly cited as an major influence on the development of reggae and dub music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine listed Perry in its "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
Andrew Bird played with 1990s swing band The Squirrel Nut Zippers and his own band Bowl of Fire before breaking out as a solo artist with the 2003 album Weather Systems. Since then, Bird's popularity has grown with the release of his albums The Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005), Armchair Apocrypha (2007) and Noble Beast (2009). His next album, Break it Yourself, is scheduled to be released next month on Mom+Pop Records.
For more information about the Nelsonville Music Festival, visit www.nelsonvillefest.org.