The brain-child of Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin, The Pilgrimage Festival has evolved into the "must-attend" music festival of the year in just a few short years of its existence. A diverse, renowned lineup of rock 'n' roll, Americana, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel, pop and blues artists take to the six different stages to play their hearts out for festival-goers. Here are just two of the 60-plus musicians that will call Franklin home for just a sliver of time.
Music Style: Country
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Keith Urban is one of country music’s biggest superstars and most talented musicians. Keith released his debut self-titled album in 1999 and has held a position on the top of the charts ever since. It isn't often that a music career can span 20 years, but it's Urban's talent and true musicianship that has kept him there. His reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded Urban the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood, to name just a few.
The recently crowned 2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and four-time Grammy Award-winner, Keith released Graffiti U, his ninth studio recording earlier this year. The Grand Ole Opry member has also won 13 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, four People’s Choice Awards and four American Music Awards.
Music Style: Rock
Foo Fighters' frontman Dave Grohl has previously been described as "godlike," as "one of the most influential rock musicians of the previous 20 years" and as "the coolest guy in rock today." He brings all that and more to the Foo Fighters, the band he's been with since late 1994. Previously, he served as Nirvana's highly regarded drummer for four years until Kurt Cobain's death and Nirvana subsequent dissolution. Foo Fighters' longevity is proof of Grohl's unwavering talent. Throughout the course of the band's career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and three Grammy's for Best Hard Rock Performance for the songs "All My Life," "The Pretender" and "White Limo."
Their most recent album, Concrete and Gold, was the band's ninth studio creation that spurred the hits, "Run" and "The Sky is a Neighborhood."
Saturday, Sept. 21
The Killers | Keith Urban | Leon Bridges | The Head and the Heart
Lauren Daigle | Phosphorescent | Better Than Ezra | Edie Brickell and New Bohemians | Karl Denson's Tiny Universe | The War and Treaty | The Wild Reeds | Lucy Silvas | Butch Walker | Donovan Woods | Songhoy Blues | Steven Kellogg | Kacy and Clayton | The Watson Twins | Anna Rose | Shawn James
Sunday, Sept. 22
Foo Fighters | Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats | Live | Jenny Lewis
Wynonna and The Big Noise | Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real | Rayland Baxter | Justin Townes Earle | Preservation Hall Jazz Band | Adia Victoria | Molly Tuttle | Shooter Jennings | Caroline Rose | Devon Gilfillian | The Dip | Cedric Burnside | Jill Andrews | J.P. Harris | Vincent Neil Emerson | Mando Saenz | Anna Shoemaker | Chloe Gendrow
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