Surprise Round of AmericanaFest Showcases Announced

Read about an extra round AmericanaFest 18 performers + special events

Lori McKenna


Additional Round of Showcasing Artists at AmericanaFest 2018

Incl. Lori McKenna, Lillie Mae, Peter More, Lizzie No, Penny & Sparrow, John Paul White

Special Showcasing Events Revealed


Just when we were starting to get some grip of who to see, the organisers of AmericanaFest (the Americana Music Association) have thrown a curve ball with a surprise!  An additional forty six artists are now slated to perform at this year’s event to be held in downtown Nashville throughout the week of September 11 to 16.  Also, several special showcase events have just been revealed.

Here are the special events.

Celebrate the musical journey of 1968. Americana musicians from the community will be saluting the music of 1968 with a unique showcase on Friday night at The Basement East.  The year of ’68 served as a pivotal political and cultural turning point in America, and artists emblematic of this time like Joan Baez and The Byrds had a lot to say as they created the soundtrack for this period of change.  This crucial year’s shift in the musical paradigm will be honored by artists such as The Band of Heathens, Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons), Yola Carter, Cordovas, Guy Davis, Erin Rae and more.  The charismatic Whiskey Wolves of the West will host while a stellar house band led by group member Chase McGillis will include Daniel Creamer (The Texas Gentlemen), Josh Hunt (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Jerry Douglas Band) and more.

Bring out your inner outlaw with Paul Cauthen.  He will be bringing his Big Velvet Revue to The Basement East Wednesday evening.  Curated by Cauthen, this dirt-kicking showcase will feature performances by Carl Anderson, BJ Barham, Creamer, Daniel Donato, Jade Jackson, Carson McHone, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more.  Whiskey Wolves of The West will serve as the lineup’s house band while performing a few of their own songs as well.

Wind down on a cool summer’s night with a free outdoor showcase.  Presented as part of Musicians Corner’s September Sundown series at Centennial Park, Penny & Sparrow and Freddy & Francine will be joining Great Peacock, Scott Mulvahill and Sarah Siskindon Thursday evening.

Become a part of this year’s festival entertainment.  Choir! Choir! Choir!, a Toronto-based singing group, will lead a special group performance with a secret special guest on Tuesday at the Union Station Hotel Nashville.  The group, led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, will teach the audience an original arrangement to one of the special guest’s songs before he or she makes an appearance to sing with the newly formed choir –  the audience – in a one-of-a-kind immersive musical experience.


Steve Poltz


Surprise Round of Artists Confirmed to Play AmericanaFest:

Adam Wright
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Becky Warren
Beth Nielsen Chapman
Bill and the Belles
Bill Lloyd
Blank Range
Braison Cyrus
Carl Anderson
Cicada Rhythm
Drumming Bird
Eliot Bronson
Eliza Gilkyson
Freddy & Francine
Jacob Thomas Jr.
Jaimee Harris
John Paul White
Johnson Crook
Kevin Gordon
Korby Lenker
Kristina Murray
Ladies Gun Club
Lauren Morrow
Lillie Mae
Lizzie No
Lori McKenna
Lynn Langham
Paul Burch
Penny & Sparrow
Pert Near Sandstone
Peter More
Rachel Baiman
Ryan Culwell
Sarah Peacock
Steve Poltz
The Barefoot Movement
The Brother Brothers
The Kernal
The Underhill Family Orchestra
Tyler Boone
Violet Bell
Webb Wilder
Will Kimbrough




Penny & Sparrow


More scheduling work to do!

Listening Through The Lens will be covering AmericanaFest again this year.  Watch this space for regular stories.


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