No Country’s Guide to Pilgrimage Fest 2017: 12 Can’t Miss Saturday Performers

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We’ve been buzzing about it for months, and the week has finally arrived, as we prepare to head to Franklin’s Park at Harlinsdale this weekend, Sept. 23 & 24 for the third annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. We had a blast at years one and two, and thanks to an impressive lineup, even more buzz, and one high-profile new partner turned headliner, this year’s installment promises to be by far the biggest yet. With around 50 acts, both local and national, slated to perform across four stages over two days (not to mention a kids stage), plus local artisans and vendors, Pilgrimage is a community-rooted fest designed for music lovers of all ages and walks of life, and we feel incredibly happy to have such a great, growing event in our backyard. While tickets have now sold out entirely, we still wanted to help those attending make the most of the weekend with our handy festival guide, highlighting our top 12 artist picks, three from each stage, broken down for each day of the fest. To get you ready to make the Pilgrimage, check out our 12 most-anticipated Saturday performers below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Cold War Kids, Father John Misty, Blackfoot Gypsies, Los Colognes, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“Feeling” by COIN
“Unspoken” by Los Colognes – Playing Grimey’s on May 12
“Altar” by R.LUM.R, Sweater Beats
“Unsaid” by Jeffrey James
“Madam D’s” by Drew Dixon
“Potatoes and Whiskey” by Blackfoot Gypsies
“Only Know” by Cory Branan – Playing Exit/In on April 21

Touring artist additions:

“Love Is Mystical” by Cold War Kids – Playing Ascend Amphitheater on September 8
“Ballad of the Dying Man” by Father John Misty – Playing The Ryman on September 26
“Precious Possession” by Anna Mae – Playing Exit/In on May 11
“Bad Blood” by NAO – Playing Mercy Lounge on May 2
“You Can Cry Tomorrow” by Betty Who – Playing Exit/In on August 25
“This Land Is Your Land” by Chicano Batman – Playing Exit/In on July 13

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Blackfoot Gypsies Celebrate New LP ‘To the Top’ | TONIGHT @ Little Harpeth

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As regular readers know, we can’t get enough of local bluesy, southern, retro rock powerhouse Blackfoot Gypsies. We’ve been covering the group for a long time, and seeing their steady rise in notoriety has been a thrill to witness. With this in mind, we absolutely had to mention that the sure-to-be-epic album release party for their brand spankin’ new LP, To the Toptonight, April 14 at Little Harpeth Brewing. Doors to the 21+ affair open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m. sharp, so if you’re planning on going, don’t blow it by being late; this will also be a pretty packed house.

We also had a chance to chat by e-mail with BFG drummer Zach Murphy, who gave us the scoop on To the Top: “The new record was recorded at Electric Kite Studios in Madison, TN,” he said. “[We] used Stager Microphones. It was a great time. Had some good friends come sit in on the sessions as well. [Friends] like Margo Price, Spencer Cullum Jr., Micah Hulsher, Shannon Pollard, Taylor Powell, Paul Thacker, Diego Vasquez.”

Murphy also mentioned that the band had wrapped an amazing tour of Europe, since last we spoke, and that they would definitely be going back, as well touring extensively around the U.S. the rest of this year to promote the new release. If you haven’t yet seen what all the hype is about in person, or you have and you know why this show is one not to miss, make a point to start your weekend by supporting some local rockers on their way… well, to the top!

Blackfoot Gypsies will celebrate their new record tonight, April 14 at Little Harpeth Brewing. The 21+ show begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and admission is $10-15.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Charly Bliss, Arlie, Julien Baker, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions:

“Nashville 1972” by Rodney Crowell – Playing 3rd and Lindlsey on April 16
“Distant Solar Systems” by Julien Baker
“Take It All Back 2.0” by Judah & The Lion – Playing The Ryman on September 8 and 9
“Mercury” by Crave On
“Get out (feat. D Ross)” by Esterly
“Friction (Dat Booty Doh)” by Molly Rocket – Playing The Cobra on March 20
“I Had A Vision” by Blackfoot Gypsies – Playing Little Harpeth Brewing on April 14
“Big Fat Mouth” by Arlie
“Forget Me Not” by Jennifer Paige
“Petals” by Truitt
“Implant” by Makeup And Vanity Set

Touring artist additions:

“Living In The City” by Hurray for the Riff Raff – Playing Mercy Lounge on May 3
“Capable” by The Wild Reeds – Playing The High Watt on April 26
“Percolator” by Charly Bliss – Playing The High Watt on April 29
“Answer My Text” by PWR BTTM – Playing Mercy Lounge on June 13
“Darling” by Real Estate” – Playing Exit/In on May 13
“Can’t Let Go, June” by Kishi Bashi – Playing The Basement East on April 7

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Blackfoot Gypsies Share “Potatoes And Whiskey” with Margo Price

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Local southern blues rockers, and longtime friends of the blog, Blackfoot Gypsies recently released the debut single to their upcoming third full-length To The Top.  “Potatoes and Whiskey” features more of the Nashville twang than many of their blues fried tracks in the past, and will certainly be a moment to take your breath during their over the top live shows.  For the new single, the band enlisted the help of fast rising East Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price on backup vocals, and the effect is a punk tinged, honky tonk affair that will likely, finally, place the Nashville band on the national radar.

Aside from Price, the new self-produced album has some serious local talent chipping in from Spencer Cullum Jr and Spencer Hulscher (Steelism), Alexis Saski (Tennessee Muscle Candy), the Nashville Horns, and more.  To The Top is out on April 14 (coincidentally two years to the day after the release of their previous LP, Handle It) via Plowboy Records.  The band are currently in Austin for a SXSW run, but will be back in town for an April 14 release show at Little Harpeth Brewing.  Head below to stream “Potatoes And Whiskey.”

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