No Country’s Guide to Pilgrimage Fest 2018: 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. 22 & 23 for the fourth annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. We had a blast at years onetwo, and three, and with an expanded lineup, new performance areas and amenities, and additional changes and improvements for 2018, this year’s installment promises to be the biggest yet. With around 70 acts, both local and national, slated to perform across half a dozen stages and performance areas 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. With a variety of ticket options still available here, it’s not too late to make it to this wonderful event, and as we do each year, we wanted to help those attending make the most of the weekend with our handy festival guide, highlighting our top 12 artist picks, from a variety of stages, 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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Kansas Bible Company & Okey Dokey Team Up On “Blue Christmas”

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One of our newest finds of the past year Okey Dokey have teamed up with one of our favorite bands of the past few years in Kansas Bible Company to release one of the coolest Christmas covers yet this season with their rendition of “Blue Christmas.”  Though this is the first official release together for these two, the history of the collaboration actually spans back four years now, though the previous three were with Okey Dokey guitarist Johny Fisher’s previous project Sol Cat.  This latest release was recorded just a couple of nights ago at Handmade Studios in West Nashville, and is definitely worthy of a playlist addition for your holiday celebration.

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[REMINDER] Catch Kansas Bible Company w/ Alanna Royale & The Gills | TONIGHT @ The Basement East

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Psych-rock collective Kansas Bible Company will be heading to The Basement East tonight to celebrate the release of their third studio album, Paper Moon. Since their humble beginnings in 2008, the group has evolve into a well-oiled machine that consistently supplies a killer mixture of retro surf rock and psychedelic riffs that explode from the stage. This time, they’re bringing along the always-soulful Alanna Royale and feisty alt-rockers The Gills, making this one show you don’t want to miss. Tickets are still available for only $10, so grab yours while you can and read on for more info on the lineup.

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Kansas Bible Company w/ Alanna Royale & The Gills | June 3 @ The Basement East

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We’ve been fans of psych-rock collective Kansas Bible Company since the early days of No Country, and for good reason. Since their formation in 2008, they’ve been supplying unique and entrancing music that combines the aesthetics of surf pop with stunning horn lines and unforgettable riffs.

The group is gearing up to release their third studio album, Paper Moon, and are celebrating with a record release show at the Basement East on June 3. The show features support from two beloved local acts, the always-soulful Alanna Royale and feisty alt-rockers The Gills. Tickets are still available for only $10, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader. Read on for details and enter for your chance to win below.

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Kansas Bible Company Premiere “Adios Amigo” from Upcoming LP

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It’s almost amazing to have watched the changes of Kansas Bible Company over the past four years.  They relocated to Nashville soon after No Country got its start, and first caught our attention with their debut Ad Astra Per Aspera, the first track “How To Build A Planet,” and, of course, their intense live show.  Over the years, we’ve watched the 11 piece outfit trim down to the current 7 piece configuration, drop two more noteworthy albums, and snag spots at some of the top festivals in the country.

Now, in anticipation of their latest album Paper Moon, which is set to release on June 3, we are getting new singles to tease the senses.  “Adiós Amigo” features the same trademark psych rock backbone with that brass accompaniment, but it also shows a maturity in the creation of poppy hooks and songwriting.

We’ve all watched Nashville grow over the past few years,  and it seems that Kansas Bible Company have embraced that change to create a record that embodies their maturity as a band with a very bright future.

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