If you ask me, Bristol Rhythm & Roots is the best bang for your festival buck in the country — $40 gets you a weekend of the best traditional and new Americana artists out there, plus you get to watch the Tennessee/Florida game with Tennessee fans, and the quality of the street food is top-notch. You really can’t beat it, and their lineup is always flawless.
This year I didn’t see as many new bands as I wanted to, or even as many sets as I meant to catch, but I got to see a full 14 song set from my beloved Ha Ha Tonka, two sets from the Deep Dark Woods, Lydia Loveless, and Girls Guns & Glory, who don’t tour much down here. The Tonk alone were worth the money, and I topped it off with plenty of other great music and a weekend with like-music-ed folks.
There’s nothing not to love about Bristol.