This weekend Tim Lowman of Low Volts will add the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival to his resume. Listing his name along with this year’s lineup of The Black Crowes, Jim James, Gary Clark Jr., Booker T. Jones, Melissa Etheridge, ZZ Ward, Karl Denson, and the Mickey Hart Band, to name a few, is mighty impressive.
The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival has taken place in Telluride Town Park, a historic outdoor music venue nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains for the last 20 years.
Before he headed East, Tim shared his thoughts on how he feels about rubbing shoulders and sharing stages with some of music’s biggest names.
1. Congrats on scoring a spot at this great festival. How did the booking come together?
The beautiful thing about this project is everything seems to be growing rapidly, simply by word of mouth. I try to play every show, no matter the size, like it’s my last day on earth. Someone saw a show here in SD and told a friend in Colorado about it. That person happened to work for the promoter of the Durango Blues Train. Next thing you know, I’m playing on a moving 100yo locomotive through the gorgeous backwoods, cliff sides and rivers of Durango, CO! It was amazing and everyone on board had a blast so they asked me to play Telluride Blues & Brews this Sep 14&15. So far they have me playing a campground stage by a waterfall, a Blues Breakfast Stage, main stage with Melissa Etheridge and a filmed gondola session. Can’t wait!
2. Have you ever played a festival of this size? What’s the largest crowd you ever played to?
This is def the biggest festival to date, plus it’s a four day fest so there’s a good mix of different folks each day. I think the largest crowd I’ve played to was at the fm 94.9 Independence Jam or Rocktoberfest in SD. Not sure how many people were at either.
3. A ton of great artists are playing this event. If you could sit in with one artist, who would you choose?
There’s so many heavy-hitters on the lineup that’s a very tough question. Although our styles are a bit different, I think Gary Clark Jr. and I would compliment each other very well.
4. And if someone could play on one of your songs with you, who would you choose and what song would it be?
Would be cool to have Karl Denson come slay some sax on “Huntin’ Feedin’ Drinkin’” or “Bloody Knuckles and a Hickey” since he’s a hometown hero in SD. (I snuck in, underage, to the very first Greyboy Allstars show haha)
5. What are you looking forward to the most?
I think the experience as a whole is what I look forward to the most. I’m playing The Green Room in Flagstaff, AZ on the 12th on the way out there and that’s a beautiful town to break up the drive to CO. I’ve been all over Colorado but have only heard stories and seen photos of Telluride so I’m really excited to take it all in. I have my good friend and amazing photographer Ian Kasnoff (he shot the latest album cover art) coming along to document the whole experience so that’ll be a nice bonus. My goal is to be touring and playing festivals as much as possible and the way things have been progressing, that goal seems to be coming to fruition as we speak. Toes are presently crossed.