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Country Reigns Supreme at Tennessee’s 2nd Annual Pilgrimage Festival

Lorie Liebig

Blistering temperatures couldn’t keep music lovers away from the second annual Pilgrimage Music and Arts Festival in Franklin, Tenn. Thousands drove, biked and walked from the surrounding neighborhoods to seek out some of the best and brightest talents being showcased on the grounds of Harlinsdale Farm.

Although the festival’s first day was mostly filled with a rock-infused roster, Sunday’s lineup was filled with country acts from all reaches of the spectrum. Early in the day, soulful singer Anderson East lit up the main stage. His girlfriend Miranda Lambert didn’t perform at the fest, but was on hand to support the singer from side stage.

Anderson East. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Anderson East. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Across the festival, breakthrough duo Brothers Osborne played what was likely the smallest stage they’ve stood on in months. Still, hundreds packed in to see the Maryland-based band as they ran through hits “21 Summer” and “Rum” before shutting things down with “Stay a Little Longer.”

Brothers Osborne. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Brothers Osborne. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Rising artist Margo Price wrapped up a week packed full of appearances at the coinciding Americana Music Festival in Nashville. She took to the main stage to run through tracks from Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, and even threw in a lively cover of Loretta Lynn’s “Rated X.”

Margo Price. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Margo Price. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Decked out in an outfit reminiscent of Jesse from Toy Story, Kacey Musgraves brought plenty of sparkle to the stage for her mid-afternoon set. She performed a mixture of songs from her debut, Same Trailer Different Park, as well as last year’s Pageant Material.

Kacey Musgraves. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Kacey Musgraves. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Jason Isbell and wife Amanda Shires took the stage shortly after Musgraves, supplying a mesmerizing performance of cuts from throughout his career. He even stopped to a man standing in the fields of the neighboring farm, enjoying his set from afar.

Amanda Shires. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Amanda Shires. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Jason Isbell. Photo by Lorie Liebig
Jason Isbell. Photo by Lorie Liebig

Although many different genres of music were represented, it was impossible to ignore the influence of the neighboring Music City.

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Country Reigns Supreme at Tennessee’s 2nd Annual Pilgrimage Festival