Meet the Artists

Truckerfest 2022 Artists!

The return of the 2022 Truckerfest Music Festival will celebrate the extraordinary talent of many different musicians and genres, old and new. This year’s headliner is the keeper of the true country music flame, Dale Watson. The Austin-based honky-tonker carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Watson will be joined and accompanied by “His Lone Stars”. Dale Watson and His Lone Stars know how to give fans exactly what they want.

With roots in the church and a solid foundation of musical education, Joyann Parker found her authentic voice later in life and created her own blend of roots music that combines soul, R&B, gospel, jazz and traditional blues styles. Joyann Parker has been tagged as a blues and rhythm-and-blues singer, but her music is so much more. Although she reveres the latter genres, the broader Americana label is a better fit for her versatility and expansive range and influences. Joyann Parker returns for her sophomore mainstage performance at Truckerfest by popular demand.

White Iron shows combine lyrical accessibility and explosive musicianship to produce a rich experience for the head, heart, and legs. With songs ranging from tales of love, pain, jail, work and whiskey. White Iron has always found a way into heart. Now based in the greater Minneapolis area, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Midwest and has traveled further to spread their unique mix of blues, country and Americana roots music.

Joe Stamm Band, established in 2013, offers distinct storytelling mixed with a signature Black Dirt Country Rock sound a sound that Stamm defines as “a nod to our Midwestern roots, as well as the Red Dirt music scene, which has had a big influence on our music.” Fans can expect the fearless Black Dirt Country Rock sound from Dave Glover’s inventive lead guitar, Bruce Moser’s fortifying bass, and Tim Fiers’ heart-pounding drums on the new album. 

Alexander Craig captivates crowds with his high energy fusion of Rock n’ Roll, Soul, Punk and Blues music. His shows inspire dance and audience engagement. Between 2008 and 2018 he wrote and produced five albums and played over a thousand gigs as Crankshaft. After a decade of evolving as a person and an artist it was time to shed the persona. With a new perspective on life he decided to reinvent himself using his given name. Alexander Craig speaks a positive message and promotes unity during these divided times bringing light to our commonalities through song and dance.

A blend of American folk, country, rock-n-roll, and blues, Erik Koskinen realizes a sound that is distinctive and fresh while familiar and classic. Knowing but not didactic, Koskinen channels the ways of Whitman and reverently enters the anthology of uniquely crafted wry songs with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while speaking as plainly as your neighbor. The Minneapolis Star Tribune calls Koskinen “the real deal” and “the best country songwriter in Minnesota.”

Straight from the great Mill City comes the Pistol Whippin Party Penguins. Don’t let the name fool you! This is not a violent group of flightless aquatic birds looking for a party, but rather 6 self proclaimed gentlemen, 2 guitars, a mandolin, a bucket of fiddles, bass, wheatstick drums, and a 4 part vocal harmony that will make a grown man cry. This group from Minneapolis strives to maintain the original spirit of traditional american music while continuing to play new original music and creative cover songs. The combination of folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and the occasional stage banter will create an experience that anyone can enjoy!

Steam Machine is a midwest based bluegrass accompanied old time music aka Lyman Enloe cover band. Steam Machine brought to the national stage a midwest influenced string band aesthetic that didn’t draw such hard lines between bluegrass and old time music. Combining smooth, clean, powerful fiddling with rolling three finger banjo and a front-of-the-beat, bluegrass inspired approach to rhythm backup, the resulting sound was innovative, commanding, and “suspiciously entertaining.” 

The high-spirited Cajun dance music of the New Riverside Ramblers comes from the rich musical heritage of the bayous and prairies of south Louisiana. The band covers a spectrum from old-style fiddle tunes, lively two-steps, soulful waltzes, gritty blues to rockin’ honky-tonk sounds – all the sounds from the dance halls and back porches of rural Louisiana. The Cajun French vocals are at times plaintive, raucous, happy, or sad, but always expressive. Inspired by legendary Cajun musicians, the Ramblers overlay their own infectious feel that gets toes tapping. Their music can be as soulful as a sultry evening on the bayou or spicy enough to grab your boogie shoes – dancers and audiences always “pass a good time.”

Americana singer-songwriter, MoeDeLL loves writing songs– putting compelling words to music that capture a range of emotions. From everyday, life experiences, to that place in a small town, and the heartfelt anxiety and awkwardness that we feel while in love. MoeDeLL’s guitar picking style, poetic lyrics, and unique voice are the foundation. His foot stomping, down home melodies, tell tales from light to dark and from silliness to the endearing. Hailing from southern Virginia, MoeDeLL’s roots are clearly tied to the bluesy rolling rhythms of his native culture.

The Happy Trucker has assembled some of the regions most talented Bluegrass musicians to join him and form an all-star Bluegrass band, Happy & The Mother Truckers!
Join us Saturday morning at Truckerfest for this special Bluegrass Brunch.

A hybrid of Minnesota and Wisconsin (with a severe cheese dependency), comedian Mary Mack is a favorite on radio shows and podcasts around the country including The Bob and Tom Show, Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast, and The Grand Ole Opry. Mary played the leading character, Dylan, on Fox’s cartoon Golan the Insatiable, season one. This year, she plays a lead character in the Hulu cartoon Solar Opposites by the creators of Rick and Morty. When not touring, Mary spends way too much time and money working on her vintage camper in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.

Tim Harmston started doing comedy in 2002 at the Mall of America. In 2003, Tim won Acme Comedy Company’s Funniest Person in the Twin Cities competition, something he will be sure to tell people when he’s an old man in a bar. Tim has worked in some of the best clubs and theaters from Los Angeles to New York City. He has made TV appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Tim’s comedy has been described as “absurd,” “sharp,” “hilarious,” and “other.” The best course of action for any comedy fan is to buy one of Tim’s albums on iTunes or check him out live on one of his many tour dates.