Railbird finally returned this year after scrapping its 2022 edition following a "pause" because of bad experiences and negative feedback from the 2021 fest's long lines, lack of water refill stations and other difficulties.
This year, festival organizers of the Lexington, Kentucky event made up for the lapse with a lineup featuring headliners Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers along with Weezer, Marcus Mumford, Sheryl Crow, Charley Crockett, Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Head and The Heart, Goose, Nickel Creek, Amos Lee and more.
Railbird Music Festival is a unique two-day event, known for its eclectic lineup and a supply of local eats, craft beer, and of course, Kentucky bourbon.
Bryan's setlist included some of his most popular songs, such as "Something in the Orange," "Heading South" and "Crooked Teeth," as well as some new material. His raw, emotional performance drew the audience in, and it was evident why the Oklahoma crooner has rocketed to the top of festival lineups and arena tours in just a few short years.
On the other hand, Childers is no stranger to Railbird, having performed there in the past. But his performance this weekend was something special. The Kentucky native took to the stage on Sunday evening, delivering a high-energy set that had the crowd on their feet from start to finish with favorites like "Nose On The Grindstone" and "Whitehouse Road," as well as some new tracks from his latest album.
See photos from Railbird 2023 below, by Dan DeSlover.