The first series of musical performances were held across the courtyard at War Memorial Auditorium. Sometime Nashville resident Jonny Corndawg began the proceedings with a set of good-humored, frequently filthy country songs reminiscent of the Tom T. Hall era. Los Angeles folk-rockers Dawes played the middle set, showcasing soaring melodies and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith’s instrumental chops.
In addition to its own set, Dawes served as the backing band for Corndawg and the evening’s closer M. Ward. The Portland-based folkie (also known for being one-half of She & Him with Zooey Deschanel) played solo tracks including “Sad, Sad Song” and “Poor Boy, Minor Key” before being joined for a full band setup with Dawes. Guests during the evening included Deer Tick singer John McCauley, fiddle player Josh Hedley, and members of Nashville’s own Lambchop.
There’s a lot more to come. We’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, check out more pictures from last night here.