Category: Americana Music Festival

Americana Music Festival: Wednesday night preview

Americana Music News — It will be a terrific first night of showcases at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.  The Wednesday line-up ranges from a salute to Levon Helm (arguably the father of Americana music) to the up-and-coming Shovels and Rope.It’s really a matter of just picking a venue and hanging out for the evening. Every club is deep…

Wednesday: Americana Music Honors and Awards Show

 Americana Music News — The Americana Music Association’s annual festival and conference kicks off Wednesday night with its Honors & Awards show. Tickets are in short supply, but this year fans can watch or listen to the  show from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on AXS TV, NPR.org, Sirius/XM and WSM in Nashville. The show, which begins at 8 p.m.…

Americana Music Festival 2012 line-up

Americana Music News — The Americana Music Festival returns to Nashville this week. It’s a world-class music festival at a very economical price. For $50, you have access to shows by an amazing array of artists over four nights. Details here. The 2012 Americana Music Festival line-up: WEDNESDAY SEPT. 12 THE BASEMENT 10:00          Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside 11:00          Blue…

Steve Forbert’s “Over with You”

By Paul T. Mueller —Steve Forbert has been around for a long time – can it really have been more than 34 years since Alive on Arrival? – and there’s some weariness showing on his latest album, Over With You. Most of the 10 songs deal with the difficulties of relationships – maintaining one (“Baby I Know,” “All I Ask…

Corb Lund to play Americana Music Festival Sept. 12

Americana Music News — One of the most anticipated acts at this year’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville is Corb Lund, whose new album Cabin Fever broke into the Americana Music airplay chart this week at # 24. Lund will play at the Mercy Lounge at 10 p.m. on Sept. 12, opening night of the festival. If you can’t attend…

Review: World Famous Headliners

By Ken Paulson –(The World Famous Headliners will perform at the Americana Music Festival on Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. at the Rutledge in Nashville.) The World Famous Headliners’ name is tongue-in-cheek, but at the band’s core are some world-class songwriters. Al Anderson (ex-NRBQ), Shawn Camp, Pat McLaughlin have teamed with the expert rhythm section of Michael Rhodes on bass…

2012 Americana Music Festival line-up announced

Americana Music News — The Americana Music Association issued its 2012 festival schedule today, bringing a great mix of long-established and emerging talent to Nashville in September: WEDNESDAY SEPT. 12 THE BASEMENT 10:00          Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside 11:00          Blue Mountain 12:00          Shovels and Rope   THE STATION INN 10:30          Carper Family Band 11:30 Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson…

Free Wallflowers concert at Americana Music Conference

Americana Music News — The Americana Music Festival is heading outdoors Sept. 13 in partnership with Live on the Green, an annual series of free concerts at Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse in Nashville. The concert, featuring the Wallflowers, Delta Spirit and the Dunwells is part of the 2012 Americana Music Festival and Conference, scheduled for Sept.…

Americana Music Festival releases 2012 line-up

Americana Music News – The Americana Music Association has announced an impressive line-up for the Americana Music Festival & Conference September 12-15 in Nashville , with more performers to be named later. As usual, the roster includes a good mix of accomplished veterans and emerging artists. Among the biggest names: Billy Joe Shaver, the Punch Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Sara Watkins,…

2012 Americana Music Awards nominees announced

The 2012 Americana Honors and Awards nominees were announced today in Los Angeles. They’ll be presented at the Ryman Auditorium on September 12 during the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. The nominees: ALBUM OF THE YEAR Here We Rest – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle The Harrow &…

Registration opens for 2012 Americana Music Festival in Nashville

Early registration for the 13th annual Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, set for Sept. 12-15, 2012 in Nashville is now open. This is one of the best music festivals in the nation, and always attracts an intriguing mix of artists. This year, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant, the Civil Wars and a Muscle Shoals tribute were all on the bill. The…

Jim Lauderdale interview: Robert Hunter, Americana

Jim Lauderdale joined Suzy Bogguss, Will Kimbrough and Eric Brace in an in-the-round show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville last night. It was as engaging and entertaining an evening as that line-up suggests. Lauderdale has been Americana music’s best friend, hosting the annual awards show at the Ryman auditorium, while also releasing some of the genre’s best music. His…

Americana Music Festival set for Sept. 12-15, 2012

For those with very busy lives, the Americana Music Association has announced the dates for the 2012 Americana Music Festival 10 months in advance. The Americana Music Conference and Festival is set for September 12-15, 2012 in Nashville. The 2011 event was possibly the best yet, with a terrific awards show (televised on WNPT and Austin City Limits) and an…

Nov. 19: Americana Music Festival on Austin City Limits

The national television debut of the Americana Music Festival is scheduled for Nov. 19 on Austin City Limits, which has released this show setlist, beginning with Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was singing “I’ll Fly Away.” The Avett Brothers – The Once and Future Carpenter Lucinda Williams – Blessed Amos Lee – Cup of Sorrow Elizabeth…

Interview: David Wax Museum

One of the freshest and most intriguing acts at this year’s Americana Music Festival was the David Wax Museum, which plays Mexican folk music, or “Mexo-Americana” as the band calls it. In this interview, David Wax talks about the music, the band’s origins and evolving line-up. David Wax Museum (mp3)

Interview: The Vespers

The Vespers, a fine young folk and bluegrass band from Nashville, are scheduled to play their hometown at the Station Inn tonight. They’re touring in support of “Tell Your Mama,” and raising money through Kickstarter to support their upcoming release “The Fourth Wall.” We caught up with them at the Americana Music Festival this month. In this interview, Phoebe Cryar…

TV holds key to growth of Americana music

By Ken Paulson Television is a very big deal to the Americana music community. For years, the Americana Music Association has worked to establish the genre with the general public, and TV is the key. Any medium that can make Snooki a household name should do wonders for Buddy Miller. That’s why news that WNPT, Nashville’s public television station, would…

Photo gallery: 2011 Americana Music Festival

The 2011 Americana Music Festival and Conference featured four full days of performances. Here’s a sampling of photos from the Honors and Awards show at the Ryman, showcase events and some special events at other Nashville venues. (Photos copyright Ken Paulson, 2011) [cincopa AoFANtKecH2B]

Sun209 interview: Luther Dickinson on Gregg Allman

If there was an MVP at this year’s Americana Music Festival, it may well have been Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes. He was in the band for the extraordinary awards show, recorded a video playing solo at the conference, did a brief and terrific set on the Mojo Nixon radio show and played with the…