Red Ants Pants Music Festival announces a powerhouse line-up

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Keb' Mo' joins an all-star line-up at the fifth annual Red Ants Pants Festival.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival team announced another powerhouse line-up of musicians for the 2015 festival, July 23-26 in White Sulphur Springs.

Three-time Grammy winner, blues-Americana master Keb’ Mo’ joins the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ryan Bingham and country music icon Lee Ann Womack as headline acts. The Turnpike Troubadours, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, singer-songwriter Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr.) will also take the stage, along with New York-based Americana-roots trio Red Molly, Lucero, Parsonsfield, the Shook Twins, Del Barber, The Lil’ Smokies and the Easy Leaves.

As the 2014 winners of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival Emerging Artist Competition, Minnesota folk-rock-bluegrass band, The Last Revel, earned a well-deserved spot on the main stage this year. T

The Bus Driver Tour will kick off the weekend performing at a free street dance in downtown White Sulpur Springs on Thursday, July 23.

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