Sep. 25, 10 p.m., Kings
Thanks to her stellar songwriting, Becky Buller has won IBMA’s Fiddle Player of the Year award and two Grammys. Fellow fiddler Laurie Lewis is a veteran of folk and bluegrass circles, while Irene Kelley’s tunes have been recorded by Loretta Lynn, Alan Jackson, and Ricky Skaggs.
Sep. 26, midnight, Lincoln Theatre
Best known for lending his burly voice to Avicii’s “Hey Brother” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, Tyminski leads his own band on traditionally minded grass.
Sep. 26, 4:20 p.m., Raleigh Convention Center
The moody tunes of this Juno-winning Canadian outfit—which also plays twice Wednesday night—conjure old Western vibes, reminiscent of a grittier Mumford and Sons.
Sep. 27, 7:15 p.m., Red Hat Amphitheater
Worthy of headlining this whole festival, Tuttle’s refreshing combination of captivating songwriting, breathtaking vocals, and guitar wizardry have justly earned her nominations in each of those categories for this year’s IBMA awards.
Sep. 27, 8:25 p.m., Red Hat
As a trio, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan’s gorgeous harmonies, wistful songwriting, and sharp musicianship are rivaled only by their charming banter, on-stage chemistry, and cover choices.
Sep. 28, 8 p.m., Davie Street Stage
Simply one of the finest traditional bands around, Paisley and company’s no-frills approach puts the focus squarely on the emotive power of Danny Paisley’s high lonesome pipes.
Sep. 28, 8:30 p.m., Red Hat
Star-studded jams can be meandering messes, but McCoury—perhaps the greatest showman in bluegrass—is surely up to the task of weaving together guests including Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Sierra Hull, Phish’s Jon Fishman, and pop-country star Dierks Bentley.
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