20 Best Things We Saw at Americana Music Fest 2014

Rolling Stone Country singles out the best moments from music's most authentic — and seemingly fastest growing — festival

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Best You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Marah

When Dave Bielanko and Christine Smith's rocking folk collective Marah added 8-year-old musical prodigy Gus Tritsch to their lineup, the move had a hint of novelty. But watching the now 11-year-old Tritsch play stonefaced aggressive fiddle during Marah's Saturday night set at the Basement dispelled any notions that this was a sideshow act. Whether breathing fresh life into the long-lost Civil War-era folk songs of the band's new album Mountain Minstrelsy, or reinventing Marah staples like "Limb," Tritsch brought a new dimension to the group. The true jaw-drop moment, however, came when the musical prodigy abandoned his fiddle for a cigar-box guitar, playing nasty slide on Marah's "The Catfisherman" — a song played countless times by the group before young Gus was even born. —Joseph Hudak

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