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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Ruby Boots

Ruby Boots

"Nashville is about as far away from Australia as you can get, so it's nice to be here and get into the vibe," said Bex Chilcot, squinting through sunglasses into the late-afternoon sun outside East Nashville record shop the Groove, the site of Bloodshot Records' blowout. The Australian-born singer known as Ruby Boots sounded right at home with a rootsy mix that crossed country twang with outlaw bravado, tapping into the loose energy of a young Lucinda Williams. Several of the songs were from her yet-to-be-released debut for Bloodshot Records, including the spiraling "Believe in Heaven" that closed out the set. J.G.

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