Nikki Hill Absolutely Killed it !!

Laura Chavez & Nikki Hill @ the 15th Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music Festival.

June 18th, 2022, Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Photo by John Rocklin. Copyright, John Rocklin Photography.

What a Wonderful Comeback!!

After 2 years of no festival due to Covid we all made a great comeback. If the cool weather kept you away, we’re sorry to say you missed one monster of a show !!

Stay tuned for photo’s and commentary coming up soon !!

Tunes & Tales for the Kiddies!!

The Tunes & Tales Family Activity Tent is open from 11am to 3pm with lawn games, musical crafts and other activities for all ages. This family respite area features use of communal sunscreen and a first aid kit, free books, snacks, and water. Hosted by The Cooperage Project’s Romping Radishes and Pop Up Club staff.

Weather is Going to be Amazing !! (and so is our lineup )

Since 2006 we have brought the absolute best in Roots, Rock, Americana, Blues & more to our little town along with a ton of activities for the whole family all for free !! Here is a list of our past Main Stage performers that we are extremely proud of. Honesdale will be filled with great music from 10AM until Midnight !! Help support our efforts by coming out and having a blast!!!! All information is available at

2020 & 2021 – No festival due to Covid.

2019 – The Black Lillies, Wayne Hancock, Rosie Flores, The Chris O’Leary Band, The Chris Raabe Band, Janturan, The Merchants of Groove, Rich Young, Robert Tellefsen & Friends, Crazy Acres, The Rick Horvath Band, Tyler Storms Band

2018 – The Sadies, Sour Bridges, The Whiskey Killers, Bobby Kyle & the Administers, Dead Man’s Hand, The Good Fellows, Rare Form and Friends, Right Side Up, JP Williams Blues Band, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, Teddy Young & the Aces, Black Sage Project

2017 – Larkin Poe, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Bruce Katz Band, No Good Sister, Madd Kat, Dan Engvaldsen,  The Blue Saints, Jan Turan, Uman Era, Robert Tellefsen, Gabby Borges, The Barn Cats

2016 –  Amy Helm, Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles, The Tall Pines, 2/3 Goat, What’s His Face, JP Williams, Mt. Wave, Teddy Young & The Aces, Rare Form, The Dishonest Fiddlers

2015 – The Kentucky Headhunters, Alexis P. Suter and Band, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Chrissi Poland, Peter Florance & The Soul Shakers, The Crackers

2014 – Commander Cody,  The Farm Hands, MiZ (Mike Mizwinski), Big Leg Emma, Right Side Up

2013   Jimmy Vivino & the Barn Burners, Pat OShea & The Honest Men, The Badlees, Emish,

2012   The Duke Robillard Band, Sweetback Sisters, The Nouveaux Honkies, Banjo Dan & The Mid-nite Plowboys

2011  – Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones, Seth Walker,  Carrie Rodriguez, Ryan Hartt & The Blue Hearts. Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, Dave Keller Band, Steve Guyger & Filthy Rich, Patrons of Husbandry, Mariachi Tequila, Little Sparrow, Great Swamp Blues Band, Dan Engvaldsen, Chasin The Dog, Bell Mt. Blues Band

2010  – Calvin Cooke, Rosie Ledet, John Nemeth, The Hickory Project, Paul Cebar, Chrissy O’Dell, The Boulangers, Cabinet, Cat & Fiddle, The Fantasia Project

2009  Junior Brown, Michelle Wilson & The Evil Gal Orchestra, Heybale, The Murder Ballads, Jack & Dara Grace, Slam Allen

2008 – The Holmes Brothers, Dale Watson, Roy Wilson & The Buzzards, The Evan Goodrow Band

2007 – Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials,  Red Molly and Bill Kirchen, Midnight Slim & The Honeybees, Roy Bookbinder, The Slippery Chickens

2006 – Sleepy LaBeef, Junior Watson & The Rocketmen, Little Sammy Davis & The Rocketmen, Steve Guyger with Filthy Rich Mac Pherson, The Rocketmen

Headliner Nikki Hill Hits The Main Stage @ 8PM!!

Central Park Main Stage, Saturday June 18th, 2022 @ 8PM!!

15th Annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm!!

Creating a path outside of the norm and molding her own image has been a lifelong brand for singer, songwriter, and bandleader Nikki Hill, raised by a single mother and two older sisters in Durham, North Carolina. Having her first singing experiences in the church choir as a child and into her teens, curiosity eventually led Nikki to trade the pews for barstools, and her interests in music exploded in every direction, realizing it was a world with no boundaries. She felt oddly comfortable, finding a direct connection between the energy she saw at local shows, and the praise dancing, gospel shouting church services she experienced every week growing up.

In this unique way, Hill found her inspiration in pulling the different parts of her musical worlds together, taking the tones of the R&B, soul, and gospel that raised her at home, and blending with the expressions of blues, garage, rock n’ roll, and roots that she soaked up on her own. Blending soulful, sensual and bold vocal tones with powerful chrome-plated riffs and swagger, her voice finds a home in it – a soul singing, bar rocking, roots revivalist, that writes with frank self-reflection at a dancing tempo.

Ahead of her album, Here’s Nikki Hill, word was spreading from relentless touring and old-fashioned word of mouth. While that helped build a fan base, Nikki’s style was also absorbed in an unexpected variety of ways amongst listeners and show-goers. With the lack of exposure for Black soul-rock singers/entertainers, Nikki found herself being misinterpreted. She became known in some circles just as much for confusing local audiences who initially assumed a different vibe based on her photo, as she did for leading an explosive, soulful, not-to-be-missed electric guitar-driven performance. Refusing to let the experience undo her path, Hill embraced the muse and jumped into the process of probing the vital role that Black women played in what became rock ‘n’ roll. As word spread, so did interest, allowing Hill opportunities to open for a range of artists like Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Los Lobos, to Eileen Jewel and Nelly, before any music was released. Nikki continued to develop her sound, learning with trial and error, a lot of road mileage, self-releasing albums, and carving out a place for herself, and hopefully a place for other people going through similar struggles.

Nikki’s songwriting and passion for music of the 1950s and 1960s introduced more opportunities and recordings. Her song “Struttin’” contributed to Deke Dickerson and The Bo-Keys Soul Meets Country EP, produced by Scott Bomar in Memphis, TN. Nikki and her musical partner and husband Matt Hill also moved to New Orleans, LA, picking up influence in the Gulf Coast. The momentum continued through the release of her second album, Heavy Hearts Hard Fists, recorded at Fort Horton Studios in Wyldwood, TX. The acclaimed album was accompanied by a worldwide tour in the US, Europe, Australia, India and Morocco, and over 30 festivals, including Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Byron Bay Blues Festival, receiving praise for uplifting the new songs with an erupting live performance. “Think Tina Turner front AC/DC and you’ll have half of the picture. She’s a machine…you’ve got no excuse if you miss seeing her… Nikki Hill is a revelation, her band masters of rocket-fueled bluesy swing, her voice the beacon which calls you home… a vocal powerhouse who don’t mess around.” (Rolling Stone). Hill’s current touring band is Matt Hill (guitar), Laura Chavez (guitar), Nick Gaitan (bass), and Marty Dodson (drums).

On Nikki Hill’s latest release, Feline Roots, Hill lets her soul rip on this new collection of songs. Nikki and her band take a muscular groove — that used to be called the devil’s music, celebrating and wailing over love, transgressions, the hard times, and wild freedom — and inject it with timeless effect, giving Nikki a foundation on which to build.
It’s her version of rock n’ roll that can only come from her stories. Nikki Hill has never been afraid to take the road less traveled, and it’s clear with “Feline Roots” that she’s living every word.

“Hill is the real deal…steeped in gospel and soul, wrapped up in a punk rock DIY ethic” – Time Out LA

“A fiery performer, channeling some of rock & roll’s most heralded voices, revamping the squalls, screams and shouting-at-the-devil of rock’s pentecostal roots to a blazing new take that she can rightfully call her own, a soul that owes as much to AC/DC as Aretha.” — Okayplayer 

“…Hill’s got too much passion to tidy things up, but she knows exactly what she’s doing.” 

“If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, she’d be like Nikki Hill.” –Minneapolis Star-Tribune

When you have a powerful Southern soul singer with a penchant for AC/DC, you know you’re going to get something badass…A talent not to be ignored. Hell, she packs so much power, she’ll never let you.” — PopMatters 

A powerhouse singer and killer live performer, delivers her brand of soul-rock ‘n’ roll with expressive verve and, with the new songs, great variety and style.” — Lincoln Journal Star 

Impassioned…fiery soul and R&B with some rock and roll swagger thrown in for good measure.” — AllMusic 

Billy Price to Hit Main Stage at 3:30 !!!

Saturday June 18th, Honesdale Roots & Rhythm

Central Park Main Stage @ 3:30 PM.

2016 Blues Music Award (BMA) Winner and frequent BMA nominee Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 17 albums, CDs, and DVDs.

Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. His 2018 album Reckoning, produced by Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios for Vizztone, was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2018. His latest album Dog Eat Dog, also produced by Andersen, was released on Gulf Coast Records in August, 2019 and nominated for a 2020 BMA for Best Soul Blues Album of 2019. He was also nominated for a 2020 BMA for Best Male Soul Blues Artist.

The Billy Price Band, based in Billy’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa., consists of Dave Dodd (drums), Tom Valentine (bass), Lenny Smith (guitar), Jim Britton (keyboards), and Eric Spaulding (sax). They won the Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll in 2021 as the most popular blues band in the city.