Shaky Boots lineup spotlights Brandi Carlile, Dierks Bentley, John Prine, Alison Krauss and more
Brandi Carlile performs during the 2019 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 16, 2019 in Manchester, Tennessee. She’ll healdine Shaky Boots in Atlanta in May 2020. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Country/Americana-themed festival returns to Atlanta in May
The return of Shaky Boots is a striking one with headliners Brandi Carlile and Dierks Bentley and a lineup filled out by John Prine, Alison Krauss, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, Jamey Johnson, Morgan Wallen, Clint Black and more.
When the resurrection of Shaky Boots – which was held once in 2015 in Kennesaw – was announced in October, fest creator and promoter Tim Sweetwood told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that, "Shaky Knees is a version of all things rock, and Shaky Boots is all things country across its many sub-genres."
While the lineup reflects that philosophy –others on the bill include A Thousand Horses, Natalie Hemby, Rita Wilson and Whiskey Myers – it's also a manageable festival, with 20 acts on two stages with no overlapping sets (check out the poster to see which artists perform each day).
In addition to the music, the landscape will offer food choices with "local Atlanta flavor" and the option to bring festival-compliant chairs to sit in a designated chair zone.
Tickets – single and two-day general admission, GA+, VIP and Platinum – will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 at www.shakyboots.com/tickets. Prices start at $95 for one-day general admission and $129 for two-day general admission and will increase closer to the festival.
The revival of Shaky Boots also means that Shaky Beats, the EDM-centered festival that typically followed Shaky Knees weekend has been shelved.
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.