Category: Americana Music Festival

The 3-minute interview: Henry Wagons at Americana Festival

Henry Wagons, frontman for the Melbourne, Australia-based “Wagons,” showed up at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville as a solo act. He speaks warmly of Rod Stewart and the fat Elvis, channels Johnny Cash and has recorded a song called “Willie Nelson.” He is as much fun as all of that sounds, and the Wagons’ “Rumble, Shake & Tumble” is…

Jed Hilly on Buddy Miller and the Americana Music Awards

Buddy Miller dominated this year’s Americana Music Awards, as he has in years past. This time around, he was named top instrumentalist and artist of the year, and was a member of Robert Plant’s Band  of Joy, which won album of the year. As worthy as Miller is, some wonder whether his repeated wins keep other artists out of the Americana…

Americana Mojo: Bottle Rockets, Kenny Vaughan, Luther Dickinson

One of the least heralded Americana Music Festival events was also one of the coolest. This afternoon, SiriusXM recorded a Mojo Nixon show in Nashville, with live performances from the Bottle Rockets, Kenny Vaughan and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars. Mojo was his usual crude self, and the performers delivered impeccable mini-sets, dialed down to a studio seating…

Americana Music Awards: Buddy Miller’s big night (again)

Tonight’s Americana Music Awards show sent two clear messages about the Americana Music Association: 1. The genre is inclusive, embracing young and old, rock, folk and country. 2. Forget all that. We love Buddy Miller. Miller, an extraordinary guitar player and tonight’s awards show bandleader, won both the artist of the year and instrumentalist awards, and is a member of…

Will Kimbrough at the Rutledge

Tonight’s Americana Music Festival midnight show at the Rutledge features Will Kimbrough, voted 2004 Instrumentalist of the Year by the AMA and a repeat nominee in the same category in subsequent years. Kimbrough is also a fine singer-songwriter and this is a great opportunity to see his solo set. Kimbrough is just off the road with Emmylou Harris and earlier toured…

Celebrating the music of Muscle Shoals

The 2011 Americana Music Festival began last night with an event that illustrates the genre’s greatest strengths: outstanding performances and a respect for what has come before. The 90-minute concert celebrating the Muscle Shoals sound was equal parts energy and nostalgia, with legendary figures like Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson and David Briggs sharing the stage with some of…

Jayhawks, Will Hoge headline Americana Music Showcases

Tonight’s Americana Music Festival in Nashville kicks off with the week’s highlight, the 10th Annual Americana Honors and Awards show. Performers include Lucinda Williams, the Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook and Buddy Miller, plus many more. Club showcases begin at 10 p.m., with the reunited Jayhawks (currently in the top spot in Americana radio with “Mocking Bird Hill”,) headlining the Cannery Ballroom…

Americana Music Festival opening night: Spanning the decades

There’s plenty of time-tripping to be done tonight as the Americana Music Festival opens in Nashville. It’s a measure of the genre’s wide embrace that performers who first hit their stride in every decade since the ’60s – and songs that were written years before that – are in the mix of showcase performances. At the Rutledge at 9 p.m.,…

Preview: Americana Music Festival 2011 in Nashville

The 2011 Americana Music Festival lights up Nashville this week, bringing a remarkably diverse and talented range of artists to the city’s venues. And of course, it also prompts the question: “What is Americana music?” Peter Cooper of the Tennessean took a stab at it in 2003: American music is “country music that is too rooted and true for contemporary…

Americana Music Festival schedule: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Sun209: The Americana Music Journal will be providing extensive coverage of the Americana Music Festival in Nashville all week. Here’s a quick look at opening night: 7 pm Music City Roots at the Loveless Barn, featuring Grayson Capps, The Wilders, Elephant Revival, The Milk Carton Kids, and Scott Miller and Mic Harrison of the V-Roys The Basement 8 pm Brian…

Americana Music Festival schedule: Thursday, Oct. 13

The big event in Thursday’s Americana Music Festival schedule is the Honor and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Here’s a quick look at the showcases that follow: The Basement 10 pm Amanda Shires 11 pm Malcolm Holcombe Midnight: Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three The Station Inn 10 pm Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore 11 pm JD Souther…

Americana Music Festival schedule: Friday, Oct. 14

Sun209: The Americana Music Journal will provide extensive coverage of the Americana Music Festival in Nashville all week. Here’s a quick look at the showcase schedule for Friday, Oct. 14: The Basement 8 pm Meg Hutchinson 9 pm Tommy Womack and the Rush To Judgment 10 pm Ian McLagan, formerly of the Faces 11 pm Henry Wagons Midnight: New Country…

Americana Music Festival schedule: Saturday, Oct. 15

Sun209: The Americana Music Journal will have extensive coverage of the Americana Music Festival in Nashville this week, but here’s a quick look at shows scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15: Free programs: The 1861 Project, a new album revisiting the Civil War in song, will be showcased at the The Southern Festival of Books at Legislative Plaza at 2:30 p.m.…

Americana Music Festival preview: The 1861 Project

The upcoming Americana Music Festival in Nashville will feature a number of free shows open to the public. Prominent among these is an Oct. 15 performance of songs from the 1861 Project, a new album that recounts the civil war through song. From the original Sun209 review: This ambitious, engaging and yes, educational project chronicles the Civil War through the perspectives…

Update: 2011 Americana Music Festival performers

The Americana Music Association just released an updated list of performers who will perform at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville Oct. 12-15. The biggest new name is Lucinda Williams, who will be part of the Honors and Award show at the Ryman Auditorium. Other additions to the festival line-up include: Amanda Shires, Ben Sollee, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rolling…