Shakey Graves

Violinist and vocalist Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney performing at Red Ants Pants in 2018.
Clare Menahan

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival typically falls on the hottest weekend in July in Montana. Attendees are encouraged to provide their own shade in the form of bandanas, ten gallon hats and baseball caps. Now in its ninth year, this weekend’s festival is shaping up to be no different.

Thousands will descend upon the picturesque town of White Sulphur Springs starting Thursday, July 25 to delight in the parade of colorfully embroidered cowboy boots and the voices of some of today’s best country and americana artists.