Welcome to Pilgrimage week, Pick readers! The two-day Franklin festival returns this weekend with an overflowing slate of country, rock, R&B and Americana favorites.
We'll be on the ground covering this year. Stay glued to the Tennessean website Saturday and Sunday for coverage! But for now, music reporter Matt Leimkuehler here with a take on six can't-miss artists on the bill.
The headliners, of course: A pair of vocal powerhouses and once-in-a-world songwriters top this year's bill. Brandi Carlile and her rock 'n' rollin' band headline Saturday night; Chris Stapleton brings a shot of "Tennessee Whiskey" to close down Sunday.
A must-see support act: Jon Batiste, this year's Grammy Awards darling, brings songs from his Album of the Year-winning effort "We Are" to Pilgrimage on Saturday night.
The best of the rest: Fast-pickin' bluegrass singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle (Sunday); Country Music Hall of Fame entertainer Marty Stuart (Sunday) and rock producer extraordinaire Butch Walker (Saturday).
More from Pilgrimage: Guitar giant Gibson committed this week to a $1 million drug overdose prevention campaign, beginning with training music industry professionals at Pilgrimage.
Artists are *already* eliminated from Music City Survivor League
Two weeks into the Music City Survivor League, three artists already got the boot (tough look, considering it's a double-elimination league). This week, with nearly the entire league facing elimination with one more loss, five pickers put faith in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to win big against the struggling Indianapolis Colts.
A few more highlights for Week 3:
Kane Brown buys stock in the Buffalo Bills, picking Josh Allen and company against the rising Miami Dolphins.
Jelly Roll and Scotty McCreery believe Justin Herbert's ribs will hold up enough (how's that for a phrase I never thought I'd write as a music reporter?) for the Chargers to beat the Jaguars.
Read on for a full look at this week's picks.
Chattin' with a Foo Fighter
Foo Fighters guitarist Chis Shiflett swung by Tennessean headquarters to discuss making solo music in Nashville, playing the Grand Ole Opry and paying tribute to the band's late drummer Taylor Hawkins at the star-studded London concert earlier this month.
My favorite quote came when Shiflett discussed his 2019 Opry debut: "You get out on that stage, your mind is flying. I'm looking around the room as I'm singing the song. It's a room full of people who don't know who [I am]. Don't know who the Foo Fighters are. I'm scanning the room, and I finally see a lady in a Foo Fighters t-shirt. I'm like, 'I got one!'"
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