22 Best Things We Saw at Americana Music Fest 2015

From a hushed showcase by Jewel to raucous rave-ups by Los Lobos and JD McPherson, Rolling Stone Country singles out the most mesmerizing performances of the annual festival

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Best Dark Side: Lera Lynn
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Best Dark Side: Lera Lynn

Lera Lynn scored big this year with HBO's crime series True Detective. Working with producer T Bone Burnett, Lynn composed and recorded four original songs and also earned screen time as the resident singer in a dingy dive bar, making her one of the critically reviled second season's few bright spots. During AmericanaFest, she kicked off her first tour since her new fame with a blast of fresh confidence and a mandate for darker soundscapes. She only played one of the True Detective tunes ("My Least Favorite Life"), but standouts from last year's The Avenues like "Out to Sea" and "Comin' Down" took on a more sinister tone. With a brand new album in the works, she also debuted two new songs. Atmospheric, haunting and recalling the best spy themes, they'd work brilliantly for some Bond movie set in the Deep South. C.P.

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