I've been to a festival or two in my day, and while all have been enjoyable, not many come close to capturing the magic of Hopscotch. Around since 2010, this warm and welcoming festival in the warm and welcoming city of Raleigh, NC, keeps getting better and better. The lineup always features big names, buzzy names, names you probably haven't heard yet, and names you soon won't be able to get out of your head. I'm absolutely crushed not to be going this year, but have many suggestions about who to see if you're lucky enough to be heading down 9/8-10. And even if you're not going either, give these folks a listen.
North Carolina gal Sarah Shook has some serious country pipes, y'all. Strong, lean, and seen some things. Along with her Disamers, Strong adds her special breed of rebellious, biting attitude to Carolina country. After all, it's hard to argue with lyrics like "I can't decide which one of us will be the nail in this here coffin." Check out this spitfire. I don't think you'll be disappointed.