Best Brit: Robert Vincent
Call it a rootsy British Invasion. Sponsored by the Americana Music Association U.K. and British Underground, a group of acts from across the pond performed behind the Groove record store in East Nashville, including event headliners Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones (although Jones is a Yank). Liverpool native Robert Vincent, who opened the show, stood out for his gritty, introspective country songs including the sweet, captivating "Burns (Like Cotton in the Fields)." Vincent, whose voice has a nice Paul Thorn-ish quality to it, should become the first U.K. Americana act to break through in the genre stateside when his new album bows in early 2017.