Backbeat: Candids From Nashville's SoundLand Festival
Backbeat: Candids From Nashville's SoundLand Festival

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Jason Moon Wilkins, SoundLand co-founder, poses at the entrance to the Saturday afternoon show at the Neuhoff Factory. (Photo by Glenn Peoples)

Established and emerging artists descended on Nashville last week for the four-day SoundLand festival. The sixth annual event had a new name -- it used to be Next Big Nashville -- and for the first time held shows at an outdoor stage as well as local venues. Foster the People played to rave reviews at the outdoor stage Thursday night while Friday's Yelawolf and Big K.R.I.T. show had people talking the next day.

But the music industry may have been most interested in newcomers Alabama Shakes. "Anyone who's left in A&R" was at the Athens, Alabama-based band's show at Third Man Records, SoundLand co-founder Jason Moon Wilkins told Billboard.biz. Interested A&R folks have a few more chances to see the band in the next month. Alabama Shakes returns to Nashville for shows at the Basement on Friday the 30th and the 5 Spot on Oct. 6. They'll also play the Bowery Ballroom in New York on Oct. 20.

A Saturday afternoon show at the Neuhoff Factory next to the Cumberland River brought out food trucks, the Third Man Records mobile record truck and a good-sized crowd to see JEFF the Brotherhood, The Black Belles, Those Darlins, The Apache Relay, Jessica Lea Mayfield and a few other acts.

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Marcus Whitney, co-founder and CTO of Moontoast, and Rachel Barnhard, owner of BigData Marketing, pose next to the Grilled Cheeserie truck after placing their orders. (Photo by Glenn Peoples)

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Jamin Guy, Senior Product Developer at Griffin Technology, and Drew Burchfield, co-founder of Aloompa, give the Saturday afternoon shows two thumbs up. Aloompa created the helpful SoundLand mobile apps for both iPhone and Android. (Photo by Glenn Peoples)

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