SXSW 2018: 25 Best Country, Americana Shows We Saw

From eclectic sets by Devin Dawson and Caroline Rose to star-is-born turns by Billy Strings and Liz Brasher

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Becca Mancari
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Becca Mancari

During her late afternoon slot at the Where Is the Hideout? showcase, Becca Mancari pointed out the fact that she and her band had been billed as a bluegrass act by SXSW. "We had a good laugh about that," she said, before dedicating her next song, "Kitchen Dancing," to bluegrass fans. The trippy effects on Blake Ream's pedal steel (or "dream machine," as Mancari called it) were anything but bluegrass, but labels hardly made a difference. The lyrics may have lingered on emotionally fraught subjects, but this was drowsy, dreamy and all around delightful stuff, eliciting whoops of excitement from Mancari on more than one occasion. J.G.

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