Brandi Carlile, Dierks Bentley Top Revived Shaky Boots Festival

Brandi Carlile
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– Ready To Shake Some Boots
Brandi Carlile, who will headline Atlanta’s Shaky Boots Festival in 2020, performs at the Grammys earlier this year.

Atlanta country music festival Shaky Boots detailed the lineup for its 2020 return on Monday.

Brandi Carlile and Dierks Bentley top the bill for the event, which returns to Atlanta’s Central Park May 8-9, after a four-year hiatus followed its inaugural 2015 edition.

John Prine, Alison Krauss, Gary Allan, Tanya Tucker, Dwight Yoakam, Jamey Johnson, Morgan Wallen, Clint Black and several other artists round out the lineup, which spans a diversity of country, roots and folk music.

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– Shaky Boots 2020
The lineup for Atlanta country festival Shaky Boots, which returns in 2020.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing back Shaky Boots Festival in 2020,” event founder and C3 Presents promoter Tim Sweetwood said in a statement. “I have always felt that Georgia needed a music festival that spans across the multiple genres embedded within Country music, and Shaky Boots aims to do just that. There will definitely be something for everyone.”

Sweetwood connected with Pollstar after Shaky Boots announced plans of its return in October and teased the revived festival’s booking strategy.

“Shaky Boots in 2015 had a little bit more of a mainstream country appeal, and I’m trying to go a little bit left of center with it this time,” he said. “There will be some mainstream country in there, but there’s also going to be a lot more old school or outlaw country, maybe a little bluegrass and all that kind of good stuff. The vision is a little bit more of a mixed genre bag of country.”

Bentley was one of four headliners at Shaky Boots 2015, along with Black Shelton, Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. Yoakam is also an alum of the event’s 2015 iteration.

Shaky Boots’ lineup drop comes just weeks after Shaky Beats, the electronic-oriented Atlanta festival in Sweetwood’s portfolio, announced it wouldn’t return in 2020.

“The festival had been going on for four years, and because it was a downtown metropolis, I couldn’t fully expand the production and show elements to what we wanted it to be,” Sweetwood told Pollstar of the decision. “It was trying to force it into a space that wasn’t as good as it should be.”

Shaky Knees, the third festival in the Shaky family, has already announced its 2020 lineup, which will feature The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Strokes and a litany of other rock acts May 1-3.

For more about Carlile, revisit Pollstar‘s September cover story about the Grammy-winning artist.

Tickets for Shaky Boots go on sale on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. ET.