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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Ruby Boots

Fresh off the release of her first LP since moving to the United States, Don't Talk About It, Ruby Boots swaggered through a SXSW schedule that included a couple showcases for her label, Bloodshot Records, and the Where Is the Hideout? party in a remote part of south Austin. Bex Chilcott and her band barreled through a set heavy on those new songs, including a raw solo take of "I Am a Woman" and a Tom Petty cover. Chilcott went on a curse-laden charm offensive between songs, too. "If you sweat this much in Texas, we'll be fast fucking friends," she said. J.G.

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