The Full Schedule of AmericanaFest 2017 Showcase Performances Now Available
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By Rob Dickens
The schedule of AMERICANAFEST℠ showcases next month in Nashville has been unveiled and is available for your study and prioritising. You can find the complete line-up on the Americana Music Association’s website here.
This is the thing about AmericanaFest I REALLY FIND TOUGH.
Due to the excessive quality and quantity of music on offer, there are contradictions a-plenty.
The best night at AmericanaFest 2016 was the most challenging. It was a Thursday, the nights after the imperious Americana Honors and Awards Show Frankly, the choices were ridiculous – Billy Bragg and Joe Henry (Union Station), Jimmy LaFave, Bobby Rush and Caleb Caudle (The High Watt), Anne McCue (American Legion), John Moreland, Wanda Jackson and Parker Millsap (3rd & Lindsley), The Bottle Rockets and John Paul White (The Basement East), Dori Freeman, Rodney Crowell and Indigo Girls (Cannery Ballroom), The Steel Wheels (12th & Porter), LAU (The Family Wash), The Honeycutters (The Basement), Bruce Hornsby (City Winery) and The Handsome Family (Third Man Records).
As a stoic John Prine devotee, I chose him and a bumper bill at The Station Inn – Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, plus Amanda Shires (with Jason Isbell). In fact, this was the most RSVP’d show of the week, so organisers instituted a ballot for selected Conference badge-holders to line-up on a first-come, first-in basis.
Worth it, worth it!! Read about more that evening HERE.
Now here we come to 2017. Another gold mine of the most inspiring, diverse traditionally-etched music.
You can download the free mobile app – available on the App Store and Google Play – and use the “SCHEDULE” tab to start creating your custom experien
These are the events that initially caught my eye and tentatively have added to my schedule:
Tuesday Sep 12
AmericanaFest Kick-off Bash – Jesse Dayton, Joana Serrat, Joseph Huber, Lukas Nelson, The Steel Woods and Zach Schmidt
Razor & Tie Kickoff Happy Hour – Austin Plaine, Christian Lopez, Cody Brooks
Jenni Finlay Promotions Presents – James McMurtry, Kim Richey, Mando Saenz and Tim Easton
The Mulligan Brothers
The Steel Woods
Wednesday Sep 12
The AMA – UK Mid-day Party – Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer, Danni Nicholls and Wildwood Kin
The Americana Honors & Awards Show (compulsive artistry – do not miss!!!!!)
The Wood Brothers
Thursday 14 Sep
Folsom Records Launch Party
Proper Music Group and AMA- UK Present Fish N’ Chip and Music – Emily Barker, Jaime Wyatt, Mary Gauthier and The Organ Brigade
High Tea – Amy Speace, Angaleena Presley, Ciaran Lavery, Jaime Freeman, Michael Logen, The Honey Ants, Wild Ponies
Riffs on the Rails – The Del McCoury Band
Hooks, Lines & Sinkers – Brigitte DeMeyer, Mary Bragg, Will Kimborough and Sarah Potenza
Rodney Crowell, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Rodney Crowell solo
Music City Roots – John Paul White, Lee Ann Womack & Friends, Pony Bradshaw and The Cactus Blossoms
Mike and The Moonpies
The Steel Wheels
Cody Canada & The Departed
Friday Sep 15
Green Room Music Source East Nashville Party – Ben de la Cour, Gaelynn Lea, Rod Picott, Amy Speace, Charles Hager
Finest Folk Happy Hour (Folk Alliance International)
Rayna Gellert With Kieran Kane
Saturday Sep 16
Merlefest Sessions with Quicksilver Productions – Jason Lee McKinney Band, Jim Lauderdale, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, Kaia Kater, Rosie and the Riveters, Unspoken Tradition
Sounds Australia Presents The Aussie BBQ – All Our Exes Live In Texas, Andy Golledge, Colin Hay, Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Taasha Coates, Falls, Grizlee Train, Larissa Tandy, Time Wheatley
Americanarama X – Aaron Lee Tasjan, GospelbeacH, Kacy & Clayton, The Texas Gentlemen
Cafe Roster Records Party – Aaron Lee Tasjan, Brian Wright, Darren Bradbury, Jon Latham, Ladies Gun Club
Canadian Blast – AHI, Erin Costelo, Lisa LeBlanc, Megan Bonnell
The Memphis Americana Picnic –
Bootleg BBQ – Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews, Danni Nicholls, Eric Rae, Wildwood Kin, Yola Carter
Sunday Sep 17
Seventh Annual Gospel Brunch/ Thirty Tigers
Sunday School with Sarah Potenza
Of course, not all can be squeezed in and other events such as in-depth interviews will add to the timetable mayhem.
Oh, and did I mention the Americana Conference sessions, as well?!