Songwriters in the Round

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.

The Dan Tyminski Band 

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.

The Dead South

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.

Molly Tuttle

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. 

I’m With Her [See story]

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.

Danny Paisley & Southern Grass 

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.

The Del McCoury Band with Friends 

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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