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Spotlight: Rolling River Music Festival

Girls Guns and Glory members say their love of early rock 'n' roll, true country and authentic American music brought them together. People can hear them perform at the free July 15, 2017. The Rolling River Music Festival gets underway at 5 p.m. in Red Wing Central Park. Photos courtesy of Girls Guns and Glory1 / 2
Jack Winders, Jayden Howie and Seth Tuscherer are Horseplay. The band will perform as part of Red Wing's Rolling River Music Festival July 15, 2017.2 / 2

Red Wing's outdoor music festival takes over Central Park on Saturday, July 15. And it's all free.

Kicking off the annual celebration in Red Wing's "living room" are students from the Universal Music Center, housed at the Anderson Center. They will entertain at 5 p.m. for about 30 minutes.

Horseplay will follow. Playing original songs, the trio is based in Belle Plaine, Minn., and members count among their influencers Bob Dylan, Mumford & Sons, Trampled by Turtles and Ryan Adams.

Starting at approximately 6:45 p.m., country's up-and-coming Sam Lewis will take over the bandshell. The stage collaborator of Grammy Award-winner Chris Stapleton — who dubbed Lewis "a modern Townes Van Zandt" — likely will sing songs from his latest album, "Waiting On You," which features several generations of Nashville royalty and one of Nashville's favorite vocal groups, The McCrary Sisters.

"This will be my first ever time to play in in Minnesota, let alone Red Wing, which I've already heard so many great things about," Lewis said in an email. "My band and I will be performing a very nice, new batch of tunes that are scheduled to be released very soon. Though untrue, I'm pretty sure I have my bandmates convinced that we are being compensated with multiple pairs of Red Wing boots. Regardless of all tomfoolery, I couldn't be more excited about visiting and sharing my music in one of the most beautiful places in all the land."

Then get ready for Girls Guns and Glory around 8 p.m.

The Boston Herald, the members' hometown newspaper, describes their sound this way: "Imagine Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak paying tribute to classic American rock 'n' roll from Elvis, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison."

Rolling Stone Country named the Americana band one of 10 "artists you need to know."

"There's a lot of buzz about these guys — and with some good reasons. Sometimes, the critics actually do know what they are talking about," Music News Nashville reported.

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