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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Billy Strings
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Billy Strings

There are some real lyrical nuggets to be found on Billy Strings' first LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil, but it's hard not to get swept up in the excitement of his lightning-fast flat-picking when you see him play in person. Just ask the St. Patrick's Day revelers that he played to late in the afternoon on Saturday in East Austin, who danced and high-stepped their way around the Latchkey patio. Strings wasn't the only star in his band – mandolin player Jarrod Walker picked up the thread of his solos with near-telepathic ease – but most interesting of all was the strange, trippy territory the stringed quartet was willing to explore. J.G.

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