THURSDAY @ DEEP SOUTH THE BAR
7 p.m.: Opener JOSH MORNINGSTAR aims to be both rootsy songwriter and budding rapper on his schizophrenic disc Contradiction; he'll likely stress the former, though the fest has always welcomed straying from the straight and narrow.
8 p.m.: Country songwriter KURT FORTMEYER formerly owned Fuquay-Varina's Hyphen Coffeehouse but moved to Nashville, Tenn., a decade ago.
9 p.m.: The rockabilly vamps of DEXTER ROMWEBER are the stuff of local legend.
10 p.m.: ELLIOTT HUMPHRIES & BE THE MOON blend country, folk and rock influences in intriguing originals.
11 p.m.: The OLYMPIC ASS-KICKIN TEAM is led by Terry Anderson, a Triangle roots rock veteran since his days in The Woods.
FRIDAY @ THE POUR HOUSE
7 p.m.: The TIM LEE 3 draws upon Lee's Southern pop songwriting instincts.
8 p.m.: The GRAVY BOYS tend toward the more acoustic end of Americana on originals and cool covers, including The Zombies' "Time of the Season."
9 p.m.: MICHAEL RANK & STAG bring together several of the Triangle's top roots musicians playing behind the former Snatches of Pink leader, now veering toward the Stonesy side of country and rock.
10 p.m.: JOHN HOWIE & THE ROSEWOOD BLUFF, led by the former Two Dollar Pistols frontman, rules the roost of Carolina honky-tonk.
11 p.m.: The LOUDERMILKS have resurrected the brotherly harmonies of Alan and Chad Edwards, which made Lou Ford one of the Queen City's finest acts during S.P.I.T.T.L.E.'s heyday.
Midnight: Billed as an ALL-STAR JAM, this free-for-all features Steve Howell, Jon Shain, Greg Bell, Greg Stamper, the Debonzo Brothers, Eddie Taylor, Mark Simonsen and others. It could be a revelation, a trainwreck or both, simultaneously.
SATURDAY @ THE POUR HOUSE
7 p.m.: ANDY VAUGHAN & THE DRIVELINE are serious old-school honky-tonk devotees, dressing the part and delivering the goods.
8 p.m.: The VIBEKILLERS find Backsliders frontman Chip Robinson veering away from country and toward rock.
9 p.m.: MELISSA & THE SWINGLERS are fronted by Melissa Swingle, a veteran of the original S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fests from her days with the darkly twanging Trailer Bride.
10 p.m.:Kenny Roby brings his latest ensemble, the DARK STRANGERS. Sets by his old band, 6 String Drag, were highlights of S.P.I.T.T.L.E.s past, meaning his appearance here is a fitting one. This crew will also some choice covers that 6 String Drag used to play.
11 p.m.:Nashville's PHIL LEE is a native Carolina roots rocker who played the very first S.P.I.T.T.L.E. Fest back in 1996; Rick Cornell's review of that show declared, "Everybody has their 'should have made it big' performer; Lee is mine."
Midnight: Fronted by fest co-organizer Jeff Holshouser, HANK SINATRA tends to play up the hard-edged country-honk attitude in their music, but there's straight pop appeal in some of their songs, too.