Friday, August 19, 2011

AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

WE'RE GOING TO ROCK THIS TOWN
AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES
 
 Scheduled performers Include: 
Connie Smith, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison,  the Jayhawks,
the Civil Wars and the North Mississippi Allstars 
 
WRISTBANDS GO ON SALE TUESDAY AUGUST 23rd, WITH A SPECIAL INSTORE PERFOMANCE BY CONNIE SMITH AT GRIMEY'S NEW & PRELOVED MUSIC
  
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Nashville, TN October 18, 2011:  Americana music's best and brightest will take over Nashville's coolest venues for the association's October 12-15, 2011, evening festival. More than 100 of the genres' trailblazers and rising stars will perform in the talent packed showcases that draw music lovers from all over the world.  Among the first round of artists announced are: Gurf Morlix, Foster & Lloyd, JD Souther, Will Hoge, Elizabeth Cook, Marty Stuart and Marshall Chapman.  They'll be joined by buzz-worthy up and coming acts The Civil Wars, Amy LaVere, The Farewell Drifters, Catherine Britt and The David Mayfield Parade along with others listed below.
 
The festival is open to the general public.  $50 Wristbands good for ALL EVENING SHOWCASES are on sale at the Americana website. From August 23-27th they can be bought for $40 (a $10 savings courtesy of Nissan) at Grimey's New and Preloved Music in Nashville, TN.  To kick things off, Sugar Hill Records' Connie Smith will give a special instore performance at Grimey's --6pm on the 23rd-- to celebrate the release of her new album "Long Line of Heartaches". 
 
Music industry professionals and those interested in the business of great music can purchase Festival and Conference Registrations at the reduced rate of $350 for Americana Music Association members and $450 for non-members. Registrants receive entrance to all sanctioned daytime conference music, panels and parties, plus priority access to all evening showcase performances.  The registration also includes a ticket to the 10th anniversary critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards Thursday, October 13th, at the Ryman Auditorium. 
 
Festival Showcase Artists confirmed to play so far include:  
 
 
 
Amy LaVere ~ Black Lillies ~ Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ~ The Bottle Rockets ~ Carrie Rodriguez ~ Catherine Britt ~ The Civil Wars ~ Connie Smith ~ The David Mayfield Parade ~ David Wax Museum ~ The Dirt Daubers ~ Elephant Revival ~ Elizabeth Cook ~ The Farewell Drifters ~ Foster & Lloyd ~ The Gourds ~ Grayson Capps ~ The Greencards ~ Gurf Morlix  ~ Hymn for Her ~ Ian McLagan ~ The Jayhawks ~ JD Souther ~ John Oates ~ Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison ~ Kenny Vaughan  ~ Lake Street Dive ~ Lera Lynn~ Malcolm Holcombe~ Marshall Chapman ~ Marty Stuart ~ Matraca Berg ~ New Country Rehab ~ North Mississippi Allstars ~ Patrick Sweany ~ Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three ~ Tim Easton ~ Tommy Womack & the Rush to Judgment ~ The Vespers ~ Will Hoge~ Will Kimbrough and more tba.
 
 
 
The 2011 Americana Music Festival is part of the 12th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference presented by Nissan, slated for October 12-15. The conference offers seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day, and raw, battery-recharging showcases each evening.   

 
About the Americana Honors & Awards
Each year, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards.  The Honors & Awards is attended by over 2000 artists, music loving fans and entertainment industry executives in one of America's musical shrines, the historic Ryman Auditorium.  The event has been broadcast internationally via Sirius/XM Radio, BBC2, WSM and Voice of America.  The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing moments over the years and 2011 promises to be the best ever.  Confirmed to attend include Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle, The Civil Wars and many more.   Tickets may be purchased by visiting ryman.com.
  
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.

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