Americana Music Fest Lineup

2008 Americana Music Festival Lineup Announced

The Americana Music Association has announced an initial lineup of artists confirmed to play the upcoming 2008 AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL (additional artists are still pending). The festival showcases will be held at five venues in downtown Nashville, including The Mercy Lounge, 3rd & Lindsley, The Cannery, The Station Inn and The Basement from Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20.

Showcase wristbands grant admission to all venues on all four evenings of live music showcases and are available for only $35 via, Grimey's New and Preloved Music (1604 8th Ave. South, Nashville) and at the Country Music Hall of Fame Gift Shop. The 2008 Americana Music Festival is part of the Americana Music Festival & Conference. Registration for the entire conference, including a ticket to the Honors & Awards show and daily panels, workshops and daytime showcases is $350 for AMA members and $450 for non-members until August 13. Fees for the conference will increase after that date.

List to date of confirmed showcase artists:

Peter Bradley Adams
Nels Andrews
Marcia Ball
Band of Heathens
Randall Bramblett
Laura Cantrell
Chatham Country Line
John Cowan Band
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Dailey & Vincent
Christopher Denny
Joe Ely
Mike Farris
Rosie Flores
Folk Ute
Kylie Harris
Malcolm Holcombe
Will Hoge
Jason Isbell
Jason & The Scorchers
Kane Welch Kaplin
Randy Kohrs
Ben Kweller
Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles
Jim Lauderdale
Gary Louris & Mark Olson
Kathy Mattea
Anne McCue
James McMurtry
Chuck Mead
Tift Merritt
Buddy Miller
Jennifer Nicely
Dave Peterson & His Old Time Country Review
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Red Stick Ramblers
Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough & Mando Saenz
Bruce Robison
Patty Hurst Shifter
Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Patrick Sweany
The Belleville Outfit
The Coal Men
The Duhks
The Everybodyfields
The Farewell Drifters
The Gougers
The SteelDrivers
The Wrights Band of Annuals
Paul Thorn
Those Darlins
Ricky Young
Jim White
Robin & Linda Williams

The 9th Annual Americana Festival and Conference will offer seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center by day, while each evening brings stacked Americana showcases. Legend Levon Helm will officially jump start the festivities Wednesday, September 17 with his Ramble at the Ryman, and the capstone of the festival will take the form of the annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards, scheduled for September 18 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the ceremony will toast winners in six member-voted categories and also bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on John Hiatt, Jason and the Scorchers and longtime Austin City Limits producer Terry Lickona in the categories of Songwriting, Performance and Executive, respectively. The AMA will also present the unique "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech award to Joan Baez.

Tickets are now available for the Levon Helm Ramble at the Ryman and the Americana Honors & Awards show at Ticketmaster and the Ryman box office for $65 or $45 and $45, respectively.

[Published on: 8/1/08]

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linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 12:05PM
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BADASS! I wish I could afford it. If you plan to go, don't miss Marcia Ball! Great energy!

Flat5 Fri 8/1/2008 12:41PM
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will anyone be playing acoustic guitar at this thing?

Him starstarstarstar Fri 8/1/2008 01:51PM
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"Well, There's 1,352 bluegrass singers and pickers in Nashville" ~ Del

JenkemJay Mon 8/4/2008 09:50AM
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obrienthe1 Wed 8/6/2008 05:10PM
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warlocks41 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 05:38PM
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best festival of the year.

hands down.

lauderdale is god.

warlocks41 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 05:40PM
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ha i love that the person that said yawn, has raq, ice cube, and disco biscos listed as favorite artists.

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Fri 9/26/2008 01:39PM
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hey jambase how about a write up on the levon helm superjam blowout recorded for dvd viewing pleasure at the ryman. plant and krauss showed up as well as sam bush, steve earl, billy bob, sheryl crow actually wasnt bad. oh yeah and jojo herman sat about 8 feet from me all night.