165 live performances will take place over four nights at the Americana Music Festival
Nashville will be a huge party from September 15 to 20.
The line-up includes the up-and-coming artists with a mix of the legendary.
Festivities taking place will not disappoint with the never-ending list.
Weâ€™ve got another music festival on our hands. This festival is enormous and taking place in Nashville. While talent may include names that you already are familiar with, there are also artists that are going to be making a name for themselves. What a great way to get yourself out there. The Americana Music Festival isÂ the place to be this weekend. I mean, if you can get yourself to Nashville.
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Performers, promoters and fans are gathering here Wednesday for the annual Americana Honors and Awards show staged that evening, and for the associated â€œAmericanaFestâ€ week of showcase performances and panels. The lively genre, built on contemporary twists and turns on American roots music, has never stopped evolving since the first Americana music chart appeared in the radio industry publication the Gavin Report in 1995.
Back then, scattered radio showsâ€”even dedicated stationsâ€”were beginning to play a mix of album cuts from traditional country, rootsy regional singer-songwriter, and â€œalternative countryâ€ roots-rock that became the initial streams flowing into the new format. And they had identified an underserved audience hungry for all of it. Americana was destined to be the home for what could be thought of as roots music with a college education; now it had a name, and a chart that would track records played on the air that fit under the umbrella. A generation later, that fledgling radio format is widely recognized as a healthy, growing musical genre.
Many of the acts that made that first radio chartâ€” Lyle Lovett, Waylon Jennings andÂ Merle Haggard migrating from country; Tom Petty, Nick Lowe and the Bottle Rockets out of roots rock; Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith and John Hiatt from the Texas singer-songwriter schoolâ€”would prove to be Americana stalwarts. Van Zandt died in 1997 and Jennings in 2002, but the rest of those acts are still active and drawing audiences two decades onâ€”and Van Zandtâ€™s and Jenningsâ€™s songs are recorded still.
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Mr. Gravesâ€™s album, a nearly unclassifiable mixture of folk, country guitar picking and contemporary indie pop, and a competitor for best album, Sturgill Simpsonâ€™s daringly cerebral mutation of honky tonk, â€œMetamodern Sounds in Country Music,â€ show the sonic latitude Americana artists can explore within a roots-music context. In its own way, so does the collaboration between slide-guitar master Ry Cooder and the Grand Ole Opryâ€™s Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, a trio to be featured on the awards show.
The format remains open to cross-border visitors. From country music, there will be festival appearances by Loretta Lynn, as the risk-taking singer-songwriter she always has been, and by Lee Ann Womack. Just nominated by the Country Music Association for a female vocalist of the year award, Ms. Womack still has a permanent home in Americanaâ€”thanks to her choice of song material and backing arrangements.
Son Voltâ€™s â€œTraceâ€â€”one of the first â€œalt-countryâ€ rock albums to move Americana audiencesâ€”is marking its own 20th anniversary. It will be performed in its entirety by that bandâ€™s leader, Jay Farrar. And Houndmouth, a young Indiana band that draws inspiration from 1990s alternative country, is up for Emerging Artist of the Year. From out on the edge of bluegrass, there will be appearances by Noam Pikelny, the Wood Brothers and the Hillbenders, performing their grassy version of The Whoâ€™s â€œTommy.â€
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