Mindy Smith, Chely Wright, The Avett Brothers, Kate York, Thad Cockrell, and Jeremy Lister Among Artists Confirmed for the Event to be Held October 21 at Montgomery Bell State Park

Nashville, Tenn. – The 2006 Americana Folk Festival (AFF) will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 from 9am-11pm at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee. AFF is honored to present legendary singer/songwriter Patty Griffin as the headlining artist for this beloved grass roots event. Songstress Mindy Smith will also grace the stage at this year's festival. With at least 30 musical acts, in bluegrass, Americana, folk, an arts village, amazing food and a beautiful Tennessee State Park as the backdrop, the 2006 AFF will be one to remember.

AFF has confirmed more than thirty artists for this much anticipated event including Patty Griffin, Mindy Smith, The Avett Brothers, Little Country Giants, Peter Bradley Adams, Kate York, Jeremy Lister, Old Black Kettle (Sarah Siskind & Julie Lee), Diana Jones, Chely Wright, Kristen Hall, David Mead, Carey Ott, Blue Mother Tupelo, Sandra McCracken, Zane Williams, and Robby Hecht. For additional artist information, official artist lineup, and tickets go to:

While only a few years since its inception, AFF has grown in stellar proportions as one of the most upscale and laidback music festivals in the Nashville area. Located in the quiet mystique of Montgomery Bell State Park, this festival recreates a sense of the back-porch "picking party," even amidst thousands of fans. Although the festival is a one-day event, performers are allowed to bring their families and given lakeside cabins for the weekend. This unique opportunity provides a way for the artists to relish in relaxation, songwriting, and networking while feasting on organic, homegrown food.

Adding to the culture of the AFF is an arts village. Organized by CAD (Community Arts Development), this area will be filled with rural artists, most of whom may have not had the opportunity for the public to view and purchase their work. Area Highlights include visual artists from various mediums, including painting, sculpting, weaving, jewelry making, quilting, natural and holistic care, outsider art, instrument building, and many more. Even a walk through the food vending area is an experience, as it features coffeehouse fare, ethnic food, vegan selections, and even a Farmer's Market.

The concept behind AFF is about recognizing the community's desire to revive quality music events on a more intimate level, while remaining passionate about supporting music that moves people, with ideals that far-transcend the bottom line. It is a champion of the quality-over-quantity mission and eager to produce an event with integrity and careful thought for its artists as well as its audience. AFF captures the missing element of most music events, the personal connection not only to the audience but also to the artist, the community, and the music as a whole.

A portion of the proceeds from AFF will be donated to Community Arts Development (CAD). Based in Dickson County, CAD was formed in 2003 with a goal of spreading art to the communities of Dickson. The non-profit organization promotes and provides programs for rural artists who may not have opportunities found in bigger cities. This support includes scholarships, art shows, grant programs, and most important, arts advocacy. "We are thrilled to be able to work with the Americana Folk Festival to bring local artists and craftspeople in to have their works enjoyed by the public," said Gywnn Kerns of CAD.


"The Americana Folk Festival is an incredible event. We would like to thank Dara Carson for organizing and putting on a great festival. We are looking forward to our return in 2006!" - The Avett Brothers

"Last year I was honored to attend the AFF and it was one of the most magical weekends of my life. This year I'm a proud performer and can't wait to make new friends and new memories." - Kate York

"I had a blast at the festival. Anytime you can play for an attentive crowd in the afternoon and then jam with a bunch of other wonderful musicians in a cabin that night is a very special occasion. I wish I could offer some constructive criticism, but I feel like you guys are on top of it... I thought the talent was really great, which is what makes it as cool as it is. And the hospitality was wonderful." --Zane Williams 2005 John Lennon Award Winner

"What a great day! The drive out was relaxing, the food and hospitality were terrific and the audience was one of the most appreciative I Have ever had. I hope you'll have me back next year..." - Jordan Chassan

Tickets for the 2006 Americana Folk Festival are $40.00 and are on sale NOW at

About Montgomery Bell State Park:
Montgomery Bell State Park, located just west of Nashville, offers the public many recreational activities such as: camping, hiking, boating, swimming, mountain biking, golfing, as well as many nature activities. Located on almost 4,000 acres, this beautiful park is home to many native plants and animals and three man-made lakes. The park also has an inn, restaurant, and other resort operations.

[Published on: 9/25/06]

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cocheese Tue 9/26/2006 07:01PM
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Wow! I'm surprised to see this small festival in a even smaller town(Mont. Bell is actually located in Burns, my hometown)recognized on JamBase. Many thanks JamBase. I have been every year it is truly a great fest. Laidback folks, good pickin', and the grounds are second to none. Old Crow Medicine Show headlined the fest last year with a smoking set. They do allow alcohol(at least they have in years past), kinda rare for a State Park, but it was pretty chilly so some good sippin' whiskey might come in handy. If you're looking a good ole time with good folks, good eats, and amazing scenery then come check it out. Anybody planning on coming drop me an email, and I'll make sure you have a good time.

ChrisBace starstarstarstar Thu 9/28/2006 10:02AM
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Huh...This is crazy... Another AFF in the the ol U.S.of A.... Sweet!!! This festival looks great; it has potential. But the AFF I have been hitting for the last 6 years is the Alaska Folk Festival!!! It is INCREDIBLE!! Talk about GOOD folks, GREAT eats, and BREATHTAKING scenery, The Alaska Folk Festival in kick ass Juneau, AK is IT!
It's such a magical, unique event that should be compared more to a Folk Life festival then to the Folk Festivals that many of us have experienced.
It's a membership supported (open to everyone), all-volunteer effort with no paid staff. Performers come from all over Alaska and the ENTIRE "Lower 48", as well as from just about everywhere else! The Guest Artists they bring in have such amazing distinguished backgrounds, who are either primary sources of a particular musical tradition (such as Charivari of Louisiana), or (like Merle Travis or Tony Trischka) are widely recognized as outstanding innovators.
I tell you what, you'd think nine nights of 4-hour performances averaging fifteen acts each, fourteen hours of dances plus dance workshops, a Family Concert and 40+ hours of teaching workshops devoted to every imaginable folk music skill, plus jamming all week long would be enough to wear out even the most dedicated enthusiast at the annual Alaska Folk Festival. Yet long after the final chorus of Good Night Irene, the traditional closing song on the Festival's final evening, many of the 400+ folk musicians from all around the vast reaches of America's largest state and beyond (and many come every year!!) can still summon enough energy to jam the night away in bars ( The 110yr-old Alaskan Hotel & Bar never sleeps), restaurants ( Costa's Diner!), private parties (Stu&Carol's big white house on Star Hill) and any other space they can find out of the weather!
In April, Juneau is still kinda rainy, but with the summer-month's daylight creaping earlier into the seaside-mountain(?!!) mornings, every year I find myself (more than once) heading to bed in the morning's light, involved in one of the many jams that will go through the night!! You can't beat fresh slamon, crab, halibut and scallops amongst the mountains with fiddles, banjos, and mandos galore!!!

Check it out!...

... and get ahold me if you go!
~C Bace