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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Jessie Baylin
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Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin's last LP, the Richard Swift-produced Dark Place, was a gorgeous and haunting exploration into the impact of motherhood on the sense of self – but it was largely overlooked amongst the noise of indie rock's less subtle fascinations. Baylin's Beach House-meets-Brill Building point of view was never particularly Americana in nature, but on Thursday night at Amazon Acoustics' event, she stripped things down with harmony support from the Watson Twins and turned her songs into lush, ethereal folk gems. Baylin's voice doesn't twang, but it is golden, and it found a happy new home in this rootsier context. Here's hoping she's not just stopping by. M.M.

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