Asking Glynn Ziegler to name the bands he’s looking forward to the most at the spring edition of the Albino Skunk Music Festival is like asking him to pick his favorite child. After all, he’s the founder of the multi-genre, three-day event, and he’s the one who books the bands.
“I basically like all of them,” he says. But when pressed, there are some people that Ziegler is excited to see at the three-day, 14-band festival that kicks off on Thursday, April 6 at Ziegler’s Skunk Farm property in Greer.
“I’m excited about Shinyribs,” he says. “And Darrell Scott is one of my favorite performers of all time, so I’m looking forward to him.”
Shinyribs are a New Orleans-soul project from former Gourds singer Kevin Russell, while Scott is singer/songwriter extraordinaire who’s worked with everyone from Steve Earle to Robert Plant.
As always, Ziegler is particularly happy about the younger, lesser-known bands who are playing Skunkfest such as Parsonsfield, a bluegrass/string band, and the T Sisters, a self-described “sassy folk” band. Ziegler says the latter is “going to be a big surprise.”
One of Ziegler’s “bucket list” acts, singer-songwriter Nikki Taley, is also on the lineup as is Americana outfit Forlorn Strangers, who the concert organizers says has “some great harmonies,” and Western Centuries, a country and western band Ziegler believes will be one of the fest’s sleepers.
And how does Ziegler keep finding these new bands to bring to Skunkfest? Simple.
“It’s like when I was a kid and I collected arrowheads,” he says. “How do you find arrowheads? You look for them. And now, I’m also having arrowheads looking for me. We get inquiries from agents and bands because they’ve heard of Skunk Fest. We treat the bands so well that word gets around, and we’re the kind of festival they look forward to playing at. We’re not set up to be the bigges,t but we can certainly be one of the best.”
For the full festival schedule, directions, and ticket info, visit albinoskunk.com.