The Philadelphia Folk Festival's Saturday centerpiece is an impressive lineup of sterling veteran roots-rock Americana songwriters.
Wanda Jackson, the 75 year old rockabilly helen-on-wheels and former Elvis Presley dater who Bob Dylan once called a "a hurricane in lipstick" continues her most recent comeback with the due-in-October Unfinished Business, which was produced by Justin Townes Earle. She goes on at 5, and you might want to get to the PFF's Main Stage a bit earlier than that, for the Holmes Brothers, the gospel-soul shouters who will raise their vocies in song at 4 p.m.
After Jackson, Lucinda Williams takes over the main stage at 6. I missed her when she played at a union rally on Eakins Oval on the Ben Franklin Parkway for free last weekend, but happened to catch her singing Springsteen and Woody Guthrie songs on Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale's Sirius XM Outlaw Country channel radio show earlier this month, and she had me swooning for her cracked country soul music all over again.
After Sweet Lu, Justin Townes' dad Steve Earle, who produced Williams great Car Wheels On A Gravel Road back in 1998, holds forth with his band The Dukes. Maybe he'll bring his wife Allison Moorer along. And probably, a lot of these people will play together at some point, either in the early part of the evening, or maybe with John Hiatt, who goes on at 8:30, before Little Feat hits at 9:55.
A schedule and further info about the PFF, which is in its 51st year at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville in Bucks County, is here. Earle is pictured above. Jonathan Lai's Folk Festival story from yesterday Inquirer is here. Williams' "Sweet Old World" is below.