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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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Kane Brown
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Kane Brown

Kane Brown's fans came to his Thursday night showcase presented by Sony and Budwesier ready to party, no matter the genre of music he played. They sang along to Brown's cover of Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" just as eagerly as they two stepped to his originals like "What Ifs." The Nashville star had no trouble adapting to those eclectic tastes, dropping in a hip-hop style medley and even switching deftly to his band's metal riffing late in the set. A din of screams accompanied virtually his every move, yet Brown had charisma to spare on the small warehouse stage that he'd already outgrown. J.G.

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