This annual celebration has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a two-day affair in 1997. This year, like every other year, organizers doggedly set out to spotlight lesser-known talent and celebrate established acts with equal gusto. The difference in 2005 was in scope: Expanded into a four-night extravaganza big enough to headline the Pageant on its last night, this year's model felt less like a shared secret among twang aficionados and more like vindication for the No Depression set. Though Twangfest celebrates its tenth anniversary next year, it's going to be hard to top this year's lineup, highlighted by Americana babe Neko Case, UK alt-country darlings Richmond Fontaine, Slobberbone frontman Brent Best, hot-rodding cowboy-punks the Supersuckers and local legends the Bottle Rockets.
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