Justin Timberlake headlined the Pilgrimage Festival this weekend. He played some of his hits and fan-favorites like “Cry Me a River” and “Drink You Away.” He explained to the crowd that since he was in his “new home town” he thought he would invite some friends to the show.
Spending several minutes talking about the excellent artists and people that they are, he then introduced the Kentucky born Chris Stapleton and his wife Morganne.
The trio straight slayed a performance of the Dean Dillon- and Linda Hargrove-penned “Tennessee Whiskey” once again, as they did at the history making 2015 CMA appearance that first gave us this combination, and which Stapleton cut on his 2015 debut Traveller.
“I think we should make a deal,” Timberlake said, “Every time either one of us plays Tennessee, the other one is there.” Nobody will mind that at all.
The Memphis born singer seems to be right at home in Middle Tennessee. Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel along with their song have made Lieper’s Fork, right outside of Nashville, their home.
This year’s festival included newcomers Jillian Jaqueline and Colter Wall, 90s alt rock band Better Than Ezra, folk favorites The Avett Brothers and others like Shovel And Rope, Agaleena Presley.
This was the third annual Pilgrimage and we can only expect it to grow in size. It is modeled after the New Orleans offering a diverse yet impressive lineup of rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more.
The festival features “Pilgri-mashups,” pairing artists together for special one-time collaborations on stage.
There is even a Lil’ Pilgrims Stage which is more than a kids’ play area. It features a line-up of renowned children’s musicians, to inspire, engage and entertain kids and adults alike.
Local and regional wine, beer and spirit offerings are offered. The Bazaar features local restaurants, antique dealers, artisans and craftsmen.
Eddie Vedder and Ryan Adams took the stage on Sunday night, as well as Amanda Shires and Marty Stewart.
Does the pilgrimage sound like a festival you’d want to put on your calendar?