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    Will Ford also contributed to this article.

    With Forecastle 2015 less than three days away most of us have already planned our personal line-ups accordingly, but don't forget about some of Louisville's very own blood playing the festival. Pay some homage to those from here playing here. 

    1. Houndmouth

    While this Americana group most of us are familiar with by now are technically from the sunny side of Louisville, we still proudly claim them as one of our own. This won't be Houndmouth's first Forecastle, but this year they will be backing their second LP, "Little Neon Light", released back in March of this year. Check them out Friday on the Boom Stage at 8:30. 


    2. White Reaper

    Back from touring and more than ready to play their hometown fest for the first time, the young dudes of White Reaper are an act you don't want to miss. White Reaper is scheduled for two performances at this year's fest: A Late-Night show at Headliners with King Tuff on Saturday and an afternoon set Sunday on the WFPK Stage. Their debut album, "White Reaper Does it Again", releases July 17 and you can check out what they've been up to on our Tune to Lou edition, "White Reaper Talks Touring and Forecastle".


    3. Twin Limb

    Twin Limb has been the talk of the town lately gaining popularity from Louisvillians and other local artists alike. They've been busy too playing locally at GonzoFest, Rye back Porch Sessions,The Palace opening for Houndmout and headlining Poorcastle. These leading ladies not only have sweet, folky serenation but an accordion, too! Catch Twin Limb's set Sunday on the WFPK stage at 1:30. 


    4. Dr. Dundiff & Friends

    The unique Forecastle set derives straight from the creative mind of Dr. Dundiff, a 23-year-old Louisville drummer, producer, and MC. What started last fall as a collaborative performance has turned into a Louisville hip hop showcase. Dundiff will join on stage by other Louisville rappers including Touch AC, JaLin Roze, 1200, Skyscraper Stereo, Kogan Dumb, Smoke Shop Kids, live art, and more. You can expect high energy from everyone in Dr. Dundiff & Friends for two reasons: they want to make the most of their opportunity and Dr. Dundiff is moving to Los Angeles after Forecastle. Come and join in the craziest going away party you’ll ever see at the Ocean Stage Saturday, 4 p.m.


    My Morning Jacket

    The obvious one. Playing Saturday at 9 p.m. on the Mast State, to epically close the day with a 2.5 hour set.

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    Cage the Elephant:

    These Bowling Green boys opened for The Black Keys at the KFC Yum! Center last fall but haven’t played a headlining show or show for the masses in Louisville in a few years. That pent up Louisville love is bound to explode during their set at Forecastle. Expect a stage dive or seven from lead singer Matt Schultz. “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and “Shake Me Down” are crowd favorites. Catch our not-so-far Southern neighbors Friday on the Mast Stage at 7:30. 


    Chris Stapleton 

    One of the two eastern Kentucky boys represented at Forecastle he has roots that will impress any classic country fan. His song “Tennessee Whiskey” was also recorded by David Allan Coe and George Jones. “Parachute” sounds like The Eagles-rebel style. Stapleton was born in Lexington but moved to Paintsville where his dad was a coal miner. His album is filled with traditional country music but he’s also written songs for Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Kenny Chesney. Stapleton’s band also includes his wife Morgane as backup singer. Don't miss this set on Saturday at 4:45 on the Boom Stage.


    Sturgill Simpson 

    Sturgill Simpson, like Stapleton, has coal running through his family tree. You’ll find Simpson’s most recent album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, not only on list of the best country albums of 2014, but simply best albums. Simpson’s musical style is best served with some of the hottest picking today and a rebel yell that you could find in a country dance hall. The crowd is bound to get rowdy for Simpson’s set  and it’s good the Bourbon Lodge will be nearby, but do you think they have any moonshine? Catch this Kentucky favorite Saturday on the Boom Stage at 8 p.m.


    Photos Courtesy of Forecastle Festival 

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