Americana Music Association Releases First Half of 15th Annual AmericanaFest Bill


The Americana Music Association continues its tradition of showcasing some of the best in Americana and roots music by it’s partial roster of Americanfest performers released today.

Though the lineup doesn’t show any groundbreaking direction, I’m fine with that. There are lots of folks on the list that have been busting their hump for years and deserve this recognition rather then inserting acts to placate outsider accusations of one thing or another. Personally I’m happy to see Casa Twang favorites Howlin’ Brothers, Jamestown Revival, John Moreland, Lera Lynn, Marah and Ben Miller Band on the bill. And Texas is well-represented by Billy Joe Shaver, Sarah Jarosz, Jason Eady and Hayes Carll

The event is celebrating its 15th as the premier Americana event by welcoming 160 performers taking the stage at 11 venues including 3rd & Lindsley, The Basement, City Winery, High Watt, Cannery, Mercy Lounge, The Rutledge, Station Inn, Music City Roots, Downtown Presbyterian Church and Musicians Corner.

Three-time Americana Group of the Year, The Avett Brothers, will headline the event at Riverfront Parl on Saturday Sept. 20. Americana’s Music Festival & Conference registrations will have access. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, June 27 at 10AMat

Check out THE Americanafest 2014 Spotify playlist.

The first half of Americanafest’s performing artist list includes:

Allison Moorer
Amy Ray
Angaleena Presley
The Avett Brothers
The Barefoot Movement
Ben Miller Band
Billy Joe Shaver
Black Prairie
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Buddy Miller
The Cactus Blossoms
Carlene Carter
Caroline Rose
Chatham County Line
Chuck Mead
Danny & The Champions of the World
The Deadly Gentleman
Del Barber
The Deslondes
Doug Seegers
The Duhks
The Dustbowl Revival
Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo
Ethan Johns
The Fairfield Four
The Grahams
Grant-Lee Phillips
Green River Ordinance
Greensky Bluegrass
Gregory Alan Isakov
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Hayes Carll
Howlin’ Brothers
Immigrant Union
Israel Nash
Jamestown Revival
Jason Eady
JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers
Joe Henry
Joe Pug
Joe Purdy
John Moreland
Jonah Tolchin
Jonny Two Bags
Josh Ritter
Joshua James
Lake Street Dive
Lee Ann Womack
Leo Welch
Lera Lynn
Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy
Marty Stuart
Matthew Ryan
McCrary Sisters
Nathaniel Rateliff
New Country Rehab
Oh Susanna
Otis Gibbs
Parker Millsap
Paul Thorn
Pete Molinari
Quebe Sisters Band
Rhett Miller
Robbie Fulks
Robyn Hitchcock
Rodney Crowell
Ruthie Foster
Ryan Montbleau
Sam Outlaw
Sarah Jarosz
Sean Rowe
Shakey Graves
Suzy Bogguss
Todd Snider & Friends
Tom Freund
Tony Joe White
Trigger Hippy (feat. Jackie Greene, Joan Osbourne, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac & Nick Govrik)
Whiskey Shivers
Willie Watson

The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference occurs September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. The 13th annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on Sept. 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Old 97′s Celibreate 15th anniversary of Classic ” Too Far To Care” with Deluxe Edition, Tour

Dallas’ own Old 97′s will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their pivotal album “Too Far To Care” with a Deluxe reissue will feature a scad of bonus tracks, and a national tour where Rhett and the boys will perform the album in full.

American Songwriter posts that “the reissue features three unissued bonus outtakes (“Beer Cans”, “No Doubt About It”, “Holy Cross”) a rare promo track (“Northern Line,” off the Nothing To Attract You EP) and a second disc will contain They Made A Monster: The Too Far To Care Demos with 11 previously unreleased demos from the Too Far To Care sessions. They Made A Monsterwill also be released as a stand-alone LP (w/download card) and also as a stand-alone digital version.”

Old 97’s Too Far To Care 15th Anniversary Tour Dates w/Those Darlins supporting:

August 23 Houston, TX House of Blues
August 24 Dallas, TX House of Blues
August 25 San Antonio, TX Sam’s Burger Joint
August 26 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
August 28 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
August 29 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
August 30 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
August 31 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
September 1 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
September 2 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
September 4 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market
September 5 Vancouver, BC Venue
September 6 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
September 7 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
September 8 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
September 10 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
September 11 Omaha, NE The Slowdown
September 12 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
October 14 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival

Old 97’s Too Far To Care 15th Anniversary Tour w/Salim Nourallah supporting:

October 16 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
October 17 Madison, WI Capitol Theater
October 18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 19 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
October 20 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
October 22 Boston, MA Royale Night Club
October 23 New York, NY Webster Hall
October 25 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
October 26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 27 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
October 29 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

News Round Up: Lucinda Williams Tweets New Album Title

  • Lucinda Williams took to Twitter to announce the title of her forthcoming album. Continuing her recent theme of happiness and matrimonial bliss the title will be Blessed. I guess Lou got her Joy back.
  • Ms. Lucinda and other notable Americana music folks, Drive By Truckers, Todd Snider, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Rhett Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Hayes Carll, became animated to appear in a special musical episode of Cartoon Network’s cartoon centered on hillbilly cephalopods -  Squidbillies.
  • Folk singer-songwriter Ana Egge has tapped Steve Earle as producer for her seventh solo album. The album will be recorded in Woodstock, New York in the fall to record at Levon Helm Studio.
  • Moody-Old time Americana band Black Prairie (a side project for three members of the Decemberists and other notable Portland, OR. musicians) has recently released two new songs they are giving away for free.

The Blackest Crow

Turn It Into Gold

Todd Snider, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Rhett Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Hayes Carll