6. Justin Townes Earle – Live from Newport Folk
Justin Townes Earle stopped by The Ruins after all of the other stages had already wound down for the day, and it was evident by the crowd that gathered as well as the performance that he gave that his southern-tinged vocals and simple instrumentation were worth the wait.
5. Milo Greene – The Maplewood Sessions
We spent the weekend before ’Roo enjoying the warm (okay, blisteringly hot) Tennessee sun at our own little oasis in East Nashville, where we were lucky enough to have a few of the artists on the stacked lineup stop by and play for us. Fortunately for Los Angeles five-piece Milo Greene, they stopped by just as the sun was beginning to set, giving us not only some relief from the heat but also a hazy setting perfect for their soulful sound. The band performed a stripped-down session that placed the focus on their stirring vocal harmonies and percussion.
4. Lucius – The Riverview Sessions
When Lucius took a break from the commotion of SXSW to play a few songs in our backyard, we had no idea that the band would go on to release one of our favorite albums of the year. One thing, though, was clear: these ladies can sing. Lucius turned the session into a party, not only bringing along friends The Mowglis to hang out and watch and attracting neighbors who heard the lovely commotion. The emotion behind “Go Home” was powerful and engaging, right on the money for a band that continues to impress.