The 2015 Telluride Bluegrass Festival featured the John Butler Trio, Janelle Monae, Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon and Ry Cooder. The 2015 Festival of the Bluegrass featured the Lonesome River Band and IIIrd Tyme Out. Lineups for most music festivals held in the summer are announced in the wintertime; therefore, festivals scheduled for the summer of 2016 generally release their lineups in the winter of 2015-2016.
The John Butler Trio is an Australian roots band that first charted an album in the United States in 2007 with "Grand National." Janelle Monae is an eclectic R&B singer who is known to dabble in jazz and several other styles, although she is most known for her duet on "We Are Young," a single by alternative rock band fun. Ry Cooder is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, lending his talents to a wide variety of genres since the 1970s.
Trampled By Turtles is a band dedicated to bluegrass, achieving two number one albums on the U.S. bluegrass charts. Sam Bush is considered one of the pioneers of the Newgrass genre. Leftover Salmon is a band known for its blend of bluegrass with Zydeco music.
The Lonesome River Band is a contemporary bluegrass band championed by comedian Steve Martin, an enthusiast of the genre. IIIrd Tyme Out won the International Bluegrass Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year Award from 1994 through 2000.