AmericanaFest 2023 – First Artist Announcement

First performers at AmericanaFest revealed

Amythyst Kiah – Photo: LTTL

AmericanaFest 2023

Nashville – 19 to 23 September

First Artist Round Announced

First Artist Round

The Americana Music Association has announced the first fifty acts to showcase at its annual AMERICANAFEST, which runs from September 19-23, 2023 in Nashville – see list below. AmericanaFest will form a key part of this year’s GrassRoots Music Tour.

Special AmericanaFest Event – Rufus Wainwright

In a separately ticketed event, Rufus Wainwright makes his debut with the Nashville Symphony on Tuesday, September 19 for one night only. Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the release of Want One and Want Two, the two albums that greatly impacted his career. Wainwright will perform both albums, song for song, with orchestral arrangements performed by the Nashville Symphony.

Full List Artists

Amythyst Kiah

Autumn Nicholas


The Band of Heathens

Blue Water Highway

Bobby Rush


Caitlin Canty

Channing Wilson

Chatham Rabbits

Chris Shiflett

Cory Branan

Dan Tyminski Band



Dom Flemons

Emily Nenni

Esther Rose

Fantastic Cat



Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane

Jaimee Harris

Jon Muq

JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain

Kassi Valazza

Leon Timbo

Lola Kirke

Mary Gauthier

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Mick Flannery

Mighty Poplar


Mya Byrne

Nick Shoulders

Odie Leigh

The Panhandlers

Parker Millsap

Philip Bowen

Robert Ellis

Roger Harvey

The Sensational Barnes Brothers

Sons Of The East

Steep Canyon Rangers

Summer Dean


Thunderstorm Artis

William Fitzsimmons

Wyatt Flores

Yasmin Williams

AmericanaFest will showcase more than 200 artists and bands throughout notable venues in Nashville. The destination event also features a first-rate industry conference, bringing together the top tier of the music business to discuss current industry topics and issues through insightful panels and workshops.

The week of festivities starts with the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards, which celebrates Americana luminaries and welcomes the next generation of trailblazers while offering one-of-a-kind performance pairings at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

JP Harris – Photo: LTTL



More Music Adventures Await!

First performers at AmericanaFest revealed


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