HOLLYWOOD — The day after the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack won the album of the year Grammy, organizers confirmed the second Down From the Mountain tour, set for this summer. Between 25 and 30 shows will be staged from June 25 through the middle of August.
While no dates are set — a second announcement is due late next week — the tour is expected to kick off in the Southeast and play amphitheaters in the 6,000- to 8,000-seat range. Though the guarantee for the acts has gone up, organizers anticipate ticket prices will be similar to those on the tour held in January and February (the Universal Amphitheater show in L.A. topped out at $80).
Returning to the bill are Alison Krauss & Union Station, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Norman and Nancy Blake, Dan Tyminski, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Whites and Jerry Douglas. Patty Loveless and the Del McCoury Band, who played some of the first tour’s dates, are signed up for the full run along with Ricky Skaggs.
Blues and gospel acts also will be a part of the tour; once the routing is set, the involvement of “O Brother” contributors Chris Thomas King and the Fairfield Four will be confirmed. Taj Mahal, who played two of the first tour’s shows, may join the troupe and the Blind Boys of Alabama are being considered for some dates as well.
Organizers Immortal Entertainment Group, United Talent Agency, Metropolitan Entertainment and House of Blues Concerts hope to extend the brand of Down From the Mountain and run the tour over several years, bringing in new acts and allowing others to drop out. An overseas edition also is being explored.