Roots and Blues adds to its eclectic mix

Broken Social Scene alumnus Jason Collett has joined the lineup at the 21st annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival this August.

  • Apr. 5, 2013 8:00 a.m.

SALMON ARM — Broken Social Scene alumnus Jason Collett has joined the lineup at the 21st annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival this August.

The singer/songwriter/musician, best known for his Juno winning work with Broken Social Scene, has just released his fifth solo album, Reckon, a seasoned, thought-provoking collection of 15 songs that has garnered near-universal acclaim.

“This record’s triggered by the economic collapse of 2008 — the biggest swindle of public money in human history,” said Collett. “I didn’t set out to write these songs. It just got under my skin.”

Joining Collett at Roots and Blues will be folk legend Bruce Cockburn, Grammy winner Ky-Mani Marley, Corvus Corax, Berlinski Beat, Juno winners City and Colour, 2013 Juno nominees Shakura S’Aida and Steve Strongman, beatbox artist Butterscotch, beatboy/YouTube sensation Felix Zenger, hip hop DJ Skratch Bastid, boogie woogie maestro Ben Waters, indie darlings Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside, with many other artists yet to be released.

Roots and Blues takes place at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds Aug. 16 to 18. Visit www.rootsandblues.ca for info/tickets.