In their "25 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo 2011" spread, Spin notes a gaggle of "main stage rockers," "country icons" and "up-and-coming garage bands," from Lil Wayne to Eminem and Buffalo Springfield. But in there — right alongside established big wigs like My Morning Jacket — is a handful of local faves. Tristen, they say, is "one of the most talented new songwriters in a city full of talented new songwriters." JEFF the Brotherhood, they opine, "seem incapable of playing a show that everyone's not gushing about the next morning." Former/sometime local Justin Townes Earle, they gush, "inherited both his father's outlaw spirit and talent for catching his hard-won tears in simple song." Abigail Washburn, they note, "has helped reinvigorate old-timey, roots music."
Also highlighted in the piece are non-locals with Nashville roots: the legendary Loretta Lynn, Americana revivalists Deer Tick, the mellifluously voiced Alison Krauss and Nashville-dwelling legend Robert Plant among them.