If you're unfamiliar, this is the contest in which three Nashville bands will get to play Bonnaroo, but only if they're able to win over the hearts and minds of voters and panelists at the Road to Bonnaroo shows. The winner each night is determined by audience voting (50 percent) and by an industry panel (50 percent). And here's the lineup for the first show, Feb. 28:
Evan P. Donohue
Due to all kinds of lineup fluctuations in years past, the folks at BMI and Mercy Lounge have decided to announce the bands for each show separately, rather than all at once. It's too early to talk early favorites, you guys, but seriously, who are the early favorites here? Will this be the year Nashville sends an MC to Bonnaroo? Or will it be a guitar-slinger? Or a shoegazer?