Tristen, JEFF the Brotherhood, Justin Townes Earle, Abigail Washburn and More Make Spin's 25 Must-Hear Artists at Bonnaroo 2011



Hey Spin, why do you love Nashville so much? Oh right, because we're totally awesome. Rather than saying we have the best music scene in the country because some big-name artists moved here, Spin Mag has decided to barrage our locals with critical praise. (They did just give Caitlin Rose's Own Side Now a pretty solid review, after all.) And that's the way we like it.

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.

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