The Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee is back for a second year, and this time Justin Timberlake is even onboard as a producer. Aside from headliners Beck, Hall & Oates, Jason Isbell, Violent Femmes, and Kacey Musgraves, which Pilgrimage acts are worth seeing? Don't miss these six performers when the fest takes place on Sept. 24-25.
The Struts were appropriately selected as the opening act on some of Motley Crue's farewell concerts, and now the torch has been passed to them as the new generation's glammy classic rock band. Though they haven't released a new full-length album since 2014, the band's stature continues to grow with its endless torrent of critical acclaim and high-profile appearances like opening for Guns N Roses.
Margo Price has been heralded as one of the year's top new country singers with her debut Midwest Farmer's Daughter on Jack White's Third Man Records. Prince incorporates blues and honky tonk into her songs, which tell stories about universal life struggles. The buzz has been building all year for the singer, who has appeared on “SNL” and “Colbert.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
For more than 50 years, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been one of New Orleans' best traditional jazz troupes. Their vibrant 2013 release That's It became their highest-charting album in recent years and helped them establish dedicated fans well beyond their home city. This could be the most lively, fun set of the entire festival.
One of the few blasts of soul and hip-hop music on the bill comes from LunchMoney Lewis, the Miami singer who emerged last year with the cheeky woe-is-me song “Bills.” Lewis has already worked with Pitbull and Nicki Minaj and his fame is likely to grow substantially in the coming months, so Pilgrimage is a good chance to see him before he blows up.
As a songwriter, Lori McKenna is responsible for some of Nashville's biggest hits – Little Big Town's “Girl Crush,” Hunter Hayes' “I Want Crazy,” and Tim McGraw's “Humble & Kind.” She's kept her latest collection of songs to herself with the new album The Bird & the Rifle. Expect to hear emotional, deep lyrics when McKenna performs on Saturday.
Better Than Ezra
There's not a whole lot of nostalgia on the lineup at a modern folk/country event like this, but festival co-founder Kevin Griffin brings some retro hits to the stage with his band Better Than Ezra. The group scored numerous alt-rock hits in the '90s, including “Good,” “Desperately Wanting,” “At the Stars,” “In the Blood,” and “Rosealia.”