AmericanaFest 2017: 20 Best Things We Saw

From Lee Ann Womack's royal status to Joshua Hedley's star turn, the highlights of the annual roots-music festival in Nashville

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Christian Lopez

Christian Lopez had substantial buzz around him leading into AmericanaFest, so it was only fitting he'd play one of the week's many kickoff parties. Held at Razor & Tie's office just south of Nashville, the mid-afternoon event was packed out for Lopez, who played as part of an acoustic three-piece. The young West Virginia native had no trouble filling the room, with the intimate setting allowing the crowd to see him effortlessly modulate between a gritty Americana croon and a soulful brand of modern rockabilly. Lopez's set was short, but he managed to squeeze in a few new tracks, like the infectious "1972," from his forthcoming album Red Arrow. He also made a famous new fan in Beatle Bob, a beloved St. Louis cult figure who spent the half hour dancing and twisting along next to the stage. B.M.

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