This year’s festival, set for Sept. 20-22, will showcase an extensive lineup on nearly 20 indoor and outdoor stages throughout downtown Bristol.
Friday highlights include Acoustic Syndicate, which are opening the festival at 5:30 p.m. on State Street. Scythian closes the night at 11:30 p.m. at Machiavelli’s outdoor stage. The Gibson Brothers will be closing out the mural stage sets at 9 p.m.
Grammy Award-winning and Americana Music Awards Lifetime Achievement artist Sam Bush will close the State Street stage at 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Marty Stuart, another Grammy Award-winning and Lifetime Achievement artist, will take the Piedmont stage at 10 p.m. St. Paul and the Broken Bones are also set to play at the Cumberland stage at 10 p.m.
Live music continues on most downtown stages at noon Saturday. This year’s headliner is Wynonna and the Big Noise, who will play at the Piedmont stage at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Acoustic Syndicate and Scythian both play again on Saturday at 11 p.m. at 6th and 7th Street.
Scythian will perform yet again on Sunday at 1 p.m. on State Street before Jim Lauderdale at 3 and then Folk Soul Revival at 5. Sunday’s Piedmont closer will be Ray Wylie Hubbard, who takes the stage at 4 p.m. Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme take the mural stage at 5:15 p.m. The Black Lillies will then close the festival on Sunday at 6 p.m. at Cumberland.
Local favorites like Amythyst Kiah, Annabelle’s Curse, Ed Snodderly and more will be included within this year’s live music lineup.
For more information on this year’s live music lineup, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival.