FarmJam producers and promoters released the expanded lineup before the first major announcement in 2019. The lineup includes pop, rock, reggae, Americana, and country with more rock and roll announcements expected with the next lineup. Gracing the lineup this round is Whitney Rose, Will Porter, Bryant Lamar, and Sam & The Stylees. Previous announcements include the Red Dirt Rangers and international talent, Blake Noble. Whitney Rose’s country roots sound has sparked excitement throughout the country music industry. She has released four studio albums through Cameron House Records and Six Shooter Records. Her self-titled debut album Whitney Rose was released in 2012 and Heartbreaker Of The Year in 2015. The EP South Texas Suite was released in 2017. Rule 62 was released in October 2017. Rose has a long history of success and entertaining crowds.
Will Porter has numerous albums published and done many tours over the years, Will Porter knows how to entertain. Porter is a solo-artist and music producer who has played more than 1,000 shows and worked in major studios. Porter now operates Porterhouse Studios in Love County. Will Porter has played in clubs, amphitheaters, and a variety of venues across the Midwest and South. “I’ve played many, many shows. Heading out West with guys like the Red Dirt Rangers is a great opportunity to be seen and heard,” Porter stated.
“This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of FarmJam promotions and connecting with people in the Pacific Northwest,” said Porter when discussing his career and tours. Porter went on to discuss the lineup of artists. He noted that a diverse lineup means that a diverse crowd will bring new fans, new music ideas, and new networking opportunities. Porter said, “The fans will be entertained and the bands will be treated like Rockstars because I have known Trevor Lane (festival producer) for 15 years. He treats the bands well, encourages us to gig swap and he knows the struggle of indie bands.” Porter stated festival producers are organized. “Greg and Trevor make an amazing team from everything I’ve seen. I’m certain EVERYONE [emphasis added] will have a great time at FarmJam,” Porter stated.
Sam and the Stylees formed in 2002 in Northeastern Oklahoma, known as Green Country, and their home-base of Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a town with a rich musical legacy known as the “Tulsa Sound” The Stylees are proud to be a part of a scene that sprang forth Leon Russell, The Gap Band, J.J. Cale, and many other musicians who helped put the “Tulsa Sound” and T-Town (Tulsa) on the musical map. They’ve played at Wakarusa, D-fest, Reggae Fest Tulsa, Reggae Fest OKC, Groove Fest , Mayfest, Bluesfest, and many charity or benefit concerts. The Stylees have played along with The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid, Local Hero, Third world, Joseph Israel, Citizen Mundi, Jirraf, Trauma, Circa 360 and many others. Sam and the Stylees have something for everyone. Reggae, Rock, Funk, and Blues are some of the many influences the band draws upon. They’ve taken their spot in Spin Magazine, The Beat Magazine, Urban Tulsa Weekly, Tulsa World, television, and debuted on a variety of radio stations.
Bryant Lamar (known as B Lamar) is an an up and coming pop artist. With studios and offices in San Diego, B Lamar discussed what FarmJam means to an aspiring independent artist who only plays original music. “The FarmJam producers have shown us they can capture new markets,” said Lamar. He went on to say, “Knowing there is a premiere festival for original music and independent bands helped my team look at new strategies.” B Lamar has a strong presence in San Diego and Los Angeles. He said, “The creation of FarmJam alongside a promotion team helped build new music listens exceeding 9,000 new fans each month by including the Pacific Northwest,” said Lamar. Lamar was excited to be among such an eclectic group of talent and new music fans. Lamar also echoed Porter, “These producers really have a strong handle on artist relations, promotions, and supporting our ideas or giving us feedback on other industry matters.”
Bands apply on the website for consideration in future lineup announcements, promotions, and advertising. Tickets are available on the festival website www.FarmJamFestival.