As one of the forerunners of the indie folk-boom in the early 2000s, Fruit Bats quickly gained a reputation for their stunning melodic sensibility and their compelling mix of classical songwriting and alternative country. Today, 20 years later, the band’s constant Eric D. Johnson is as relevant as ever – a feat not easily achieved.  In 2021, Fruit Bats released their celebrated eight studio album ‘Pet Parade’ where we find Johnson collaborating with his Bonny Light Horseman buddy Josh Kaufman and the result is, as always, vibrantly cinematic – each song the best indie film you never seen. Please welcome the legendary Fruits Bats to this year’s Way Out West!