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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Colter Wall
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Colter Wall

Colter Wall introduced one of his songs at Paul Cauthen's Velvet Revue on Saturday afternoon as "a tale as old as time," and he wasn't kidding. The Canadian singer-songwriter, performing with no further accompaniment than an acoustic guitar, sounded like a man from another time – or somewhere outside of it. His beyond-baritone voice sounded weathered and earthbound, with the snap of his guitar strings crackling like they echoed from the world's first phonograph recording. Wall even threw in a cover of "Red Headed Stranger," made famous by Willie Nelson, which fit seamlessly with his own parables of blood feuds and lost loves. J.G.

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