Australians Go To Nashville – Spotlight on Americanafest 2014 #11

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The Largest Australian Music Contingent To Ever Hit Americana Music Festival
THE AUSSIE BBQ Moves and The Sister City Jam Is Introduced

For the fifth consecutive year, Australian performers are traveling across the globe to Nashville TN as part of the 2014 Americana Music Festival & Conference with four big showcase events between September 16th and 21st.

The Americana Music Association has officially invited five Australian artists to be part of the 2014 event including The Audreys, Brooke Russell and the Mean Reds, Falls, Immigrant Union and The Mae Trio, all of whom will be performing multiple times during the week (see brief bios below).

The five official invites are just the tip of the iceberg, with 50+ Australian artists and industry descending upon Nashville.  The artists in attendance represent genres across commercial and alternative country, folk, bluegrass and of course Americana and the industry attending will include some of Australia’s best managers, publishers, labels, festival bookers and promoters.

For detailed information regarding all of the Australian artists playing and industry doing business in Nashville during Americanafest, download the SOUNDS AUSTRALIA APP, which is free for Android and iPhone.

 

AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE EVENTS AS PART OF AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE 2014

Tamworth presents ‘Australiana @ Americana’
Tuesday, September 16th
Bluebird Café –6-8 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.
4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville

Australiana @ Americana is the annual preview event which this year will highlight fourteen  of Australia’s finest at the iconic Blue Bird Cafe.  The show is presented in two sittings with artists performing in a line during four separate sets of fantastic music.

Artists performing on the night include: Chris Altmann / Christopher Coleman / Dan Waters / Daniel Champagne / Helen Shanahan / Imogen Clark / Jemma Nicole / Kevin Bennett / Kirsty Akers / Melody Pool / Mia Wray / Rob Draper / Sal Kimber / The Mae Trio.

This event sells out each year so buy your tickets early through the Bluebird to avoid disappointment – www.bluebirdcafe.com – 615 383 1461.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA presents ‘A Taste of Australia’
Friday, September 19th
Blue Bar – 12p.m. – 2 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
1911 Broadway, Nashville

Hosted by SOUNDS AUSTRALIA Representative Dobe Newton “A Taste Of Australia” luncheon and showcase has become a must-attend event for the Americana delegates and local industry as SOUNDS AUSTRALIA showcase Australia’s five official artists at Americana 2014.

This year the event moves to a new venue, Blue Bar on Broadway.  This event is an invitation only or delegate event.

SOUNDS AUSTRALIA presents ‘THE AUSSIE BBQ’
Saturday, September 20th
The 5Spot (East Nashville) – 11:30 a.m.– 7:30 p.m.
1006 Forrest Ave, Nashville

Now in its fourth year in Nashville, THE AUSSIE BBQ is an established favorite at major music events around the world, this time in its new East Nashville home, The 5Spot. The BBQ also moves to Saturday so that evem more people have the chance to see and hear their new favorite Australian acts.

Featuring Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds / Chad Mason / Chris Altmann / Dan Waters / Daniel Champagne / Dianna Corcoran / Falls / Immigrant Union / Kevin Bennett / Oxford & Co / Sal Kimber / The Audreys / The Mae Trio / The Weeping Willows, THE AUSSIE BBQ continues to be the best place to discover new talent and do business with the Australians taking part in Americana 2014.

The music is free and the food is ‘by donation’ with all proceeds going to the Nashville Kangaroos, Music City’s champion Aussie Rules football team.

For more information about THE AUSSIE BBQ, visit their Facebook page.

The Sister Cities of Tamworth & Nashville present ‘The Sister City Jam’
Sunday, September 21st
Blue Bar – 12.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
1911 Broadway, Nashville

The Sister Cities of Nashville and Tamworth will play host to the inaugural ‘Sister City Jam’ toasting, the official twinning of ‘Music City USA’ and Australia’s ‘Country Music Capital.’

The Sister City Jam will highlight more than twenty Australian artists in short sets including Tamworth Road to Discovery winners Helen Shanahan and Christopher Coleman and will culminate in a jam session hosted by renowned music party animals Mustered Courage.  This all day all night party is our way of saying ‘thanks Nashville & Americana – see you next year.’

Artists participating throughout the day will include: Ben Wright Smith / Christopher Coleman / Dianna Corcoran / Helen Shanahan / Immigrant Union / Imogen Clark / Jackie Bristow / Jemma Nicole / John Flanagan / Katie Brianna / Katie Cole / Kevin Bennett / Kirsty Akers / Melody Pool / Mia Wray / Mustered Courage / Oxford & Co / Personal Deluxe / Rob Draper / Sal Kimber / Sue Ray / The Weeping Willows and more.

If you play an instrument and you’re in Nashville come along and jam with some of Australia’s best roots musicians that happen to come from the other side of the world.

For more information about The Sister City Jam, visit their Facebook page.

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MEET THE ACTS ATTENDING AMERICANA FEST 2014

The official artists chosen this year highlights the diversity of song writing talent and the engaging and dynamic live shows coming out of Australia.

The Audreys are made up of song writing duo, Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall. Formed in Adelaide in 2004, they are now one of Australia’s highest profile roots bands.  They have released three records, one in 2006 called “Between Last Night and Us”, another in 2008 called “When the Flood Comes” and “Sometimes the Stars” in late 2010.  All three records have won its year’s ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album.

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With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend country, blues, folk and swing to appease their love of all things vintage.  Drawing influence from swing, alt country and trad jazz, the band are also inspired by the songs of Ryan Adams, Joe Henry, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and Neko Case.

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Having toured with The Lumineers, Of Monsters And Men and Passenger, Falls are fast developing an impressive live resume that also includes performances at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and CMJ. In August 2014 they will be heading into the studio to record their debut LP due for release in 2015.

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Part psychedelic folk, part country rock, Immigrant Union have been building their name through stellar live performances at some of the country’s most iconic venues and boutique festivals like Boogie and The Hills Are Alive.  Consecutive years of performing at the Tamworth Music Festival has earned the group a reputation as the peculiar but beloved alternative country “out of towners” at Australia’s best know country music event.

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The Mae Trio is a multi-award winning band, made up of three of the Australian folk scene’s most talented young songwriters, singers and performers.  Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Rainmakers) have teamed up with cellist Anita Hillman (Evelyn’s Secret).  They perform an insightful collection of original songs arranged for ukulele, banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, bass and superb three part vocal harmony.  The trio are winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011.

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Mark Moffat President Americana Music Association says –
“Australia has emerged not only as a key market for Americana music but has also developed its own very strong roots music community with many of its artists recently attracting global industry attention. Sounds Australia has played a large role in building these bridges and accordingly the Americana Music Association once again extends a warm welcome to this year’s visiting Australian artists and industry delegates.”

Dobe Newton President of the Country Music Association of Australia and Sounds Australia representative adds –
“It’s an absolute joy and privilege to again be part of this very, very special event. We get to present seasoned veterans and exciting new talent to one of the world’s most discerning music audiences, in a city where music really matters. We make new friends, get treated wonderfully and hear amazing music. This will be our biggest celebration ever – I can’t wait!”

Glenn Dickie, Export Music Producer for SOUNDS AUSTRALIA continues –
“Australia is currently going through an amazing period of international success across all genres of music but we realise it’s hard for many to make the trip “down under” to discover our talent first hand. This is why the Americana Festival and conference has become such a key event for our artists and industry to showcase and do business in Nashville. We’ve saved you the time and the money so that you can easily discover the next Boy & Bear, Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban or even Clare Bowen, AKA Scarlett O’Connor.

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