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Steven Tyler to Headline Tennessee’s Pilgrimage Festival

Rock icon’s country band, Loving Mary will join him for the event, which also features Willie Nelson and Wilco

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Steven Tyler is a surprise addition to Franklin, Tennessee's Pilgrimage Fest.

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There’s a new festival giving Bonnaroo some healthy competition in middle Tennessee, and its lineup just got Pump-ed up.

As of this morning, Steven Tyler has joined the roster of the inaugural Pilgrimage Festival, whose lineup includes country legends (Willie Nelson), roots-rock mainstays (Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Band of Horses), reggae godfathers (Jimmy Cliff), Americana heavyweights (the Lone Bellow, the Decemberists), folk favorites (Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles) and the next generation of A-list singer/songwriters (Chris Stapleton, Nikki Lane, Will Hoge, Joe Pug). That’s a mighty guest list for a first-time festival, and Tyler — who will perform with his Nashville-based country band, Loving Mary — is the latest addition to a lineup that continues to grow.

“Nashville is a musical mecca,” the Aerosmith icon says in a statement, “and there is no way I would’ve missed performing at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival.”

Tyler made his country debut in May, finally releasing the single “Love Is Your Name” after hinting at an upcoming solo album — and making regular appearances at country awards shows in Nashville — for years. The song, which was produced by Dan Huff and co-written by Eric Paslay and Lindsey Lee, has since become a Top 20 hit, with a full-length album scheduled to appear sometime this fall.

Co-founded by Better than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin, Pilgrimage will take over the Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, roughly thirty minutes south of Nashville, on September 26th and 27th. The festival promises one-off collaborations between artists and an emphasis on acoustic performances, as well as an overall design — wood-clad stages, natural backdrops, rolling hills — that mirrors the vibe of Tennessee.

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