49 Winchester Bassist Shares Full Circle Moment, From Working Bonnaroo To Playing The Festival

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49 Winchester’s Chase Chafin has a full circle moment amid the band’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts festival announcement.

The Virginia natives are stoked to be among some other great faces of Appalachia, like Charles Wesley Godwin, during the Tennessee festival. As most musicians do, they have spent many years among the crowd of some of your famed festivals before they found themselves on the main stage.

That is precisely what happened to 49 Winchester’s bass player, Chase.

Today, Bonnaroo announced their lineup, and shortly after, Chase took to Instagram to share how this second year of the band playing at the festival is such a full-circle moment for him. Bonnaroo operates heavily on volunteers, and while there is work involved, volunteering at the festival is a great way to get a ticket to see some of your favorite acts.

Chase is a graduate of the festivals’ work program. He shared a picture of him working at one of the entrances eight years ago as he helped guide attendees into the festival grounds. Not only did Chase work at the festival, but he also met his partner and the mother of his child.

“From working security and meeting Brandi there eight years ago to know, performing Roo ’24. See y’all there, Bonnaroo.” 

This is the best success story out there. Hats off to the boys of 49.

49 Winchester, Charles Wesley Godwin, Tanner Usrey & More To Perform At Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival lineup is HERE.

Bonnaroo is known for its vast lineups each year, housing an extensive collection of artists across many genres. From EDM to bluegrass, there is something for everyone on the bill each year, and the magic of all these people coming together on The Farm in Manchester, Tennessee, is truly something special.

The four-day festival just dropped its lineup for 2024, which will be held from June 13th through the 16th, and country music is once again well represented, with some of the best acts taking the stage.

While the headliners still fall heavily into the dance music/ pop genre, here are some country music acts you can expect to catch while in attendance.

49 Winchester, Charles Wesley Godwin, Tanner Usrey, Greensky Bluegrass, Josiah and the Bonnevilles, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, and S.G. Goodman.

However, if you know anything about Bonnaroo, you know that more artists will be announced for campground sets (let us not forget Turnpike Troubadours’ insane pop-up set from a few years ago), and you never know who will bring friends up on stage.

While I will admit that in years past, there has been a heavier emphasis on country music, including a few more artists previously, this year’s lineup does highlight some of the best names in the independent/outlaw category of country music.

With Charles Wesley Godwin having an unreal year and 49 Winchester still wildly gaining popularity, it’s nice to see them shortly after the headliners for each day. Tanner Usrey and Josiah and the Bonnevilles started to break onto the scene last year, and this year, I feel, holds a lot of promise as their breakout year, so I am excited to have their sound broadcast to more than the country music collective. Wrapping it up, you have tried and true names like Greensky Bluegrass and Jason Isbell, beloved by fans of multiple genres and consistently put on killer shows.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, and I have a feeling they will fly with a lineup like this, so snag them while you can.

Just for fun, here are some of my favorite past Bonnaroo sets. Nothing compares to time spent on the farm.

Billy Strings from 2022. 

Tyler Childers from 2018.

Nolan Taylor from 2023.

John Prine from 2019.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock