A flurry of Nashville-based artists at this year's Bonnaroo 

Local Honey

Local Honey

A whole slew of Nashville residents have pretty impressive billing at this year's Bonnaroo: There are of course bluegrass heavyweights Del McCoury and Sam Bush (playing 5:45 p.m. Sunday at That Tent before participating in Ed Helms' Superjam), not to mention former Drive-By Trucker and recent Nashville transplant Jason Isbell and his 400 Unit (playing 1:45 p.m. Friday at Which Stage). Let's not forget siblings JEFF the Brotherhood (playing 2:15 p.m. Saturday at the Sonic Stage and 1:45 p.m. Sunday at This Tent). Still touring on last year's sneering-but-poppy, Dan Auerbach-produced garage-punk long-player Hypnotic Nights, founding members Jake and Jamin Orrall have been supplementing their sound at recent gigs with an auxiliary guitarist and organ player.

This year's annual Road to Bonnaroo series — which took place in three different installments at Mercy Lounge — once again crowned three local artists based on combined crowd and judge votes, awarding them each a spot at this year's festival. Kicking off Bonnaroo 2013 with the very first slot of the fest is dual-drummered, power-rocking party-time outfit Ri¢hie (1 p.m. Thursday at the On Tap Lounge). Horn-bolstered soul outfit Alanna Royale was awarded another placement (noon Friday at On Tap), with psychedelic garage-rock outfit Ranch Ghost landing Saturday's noon slot at On Tap.

Further promising locals who landed at this year's 'Roo — without, we might add, the aid of a band battle — include tongue-in-cheek trad-country songster Jonny "The Artist Formerly Known as Corndawg" Fritz (playing 10 p.m. Thursday at On Tap and 12:45 p.m. Friday at Sonic Stage) and folk-rock crooner Rayland Baxter (2:40 p.m. Friday at On Tap).

But perhaps the most promising of all the Nashvillian performers is William Tyler, the virtuosic guitarist whose impossibly excellent Impossible Truth dropped earlier this year via Merge Records. While the picker typically plays shows solo, for this gig he's pieced together a backing outfit made up of members of Natural Child and the aforementioned JEFF. (Playing Saturday, 10:40 p.m. at On Tap.)


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