Jamie Kent and Szlachetka
Not all of the must-see gigs at CMA Fest happen on the official stages. Some you have to seek out: like Jamie Kent and Matthew Szlachetka's Durango Boots showcase inside the super cool InDo Nashville, a subterranean performance space a few blocks south of downtown. Two alumni of Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know, Kent and Szlachetka delivered folky but lively sets: Kent showcased his standout debut All-American Mutt, while Szlachetka previewed his Heart of My Hometown project. The highlight though – aside from Kent slinging his own All-American Mutt beer – was when the touring buddies teamed up on Kent's show-closing "Be Your Man," an Americana take on street-corner doo-wop. J.H.