This year’s Americana Music Festival & Conference, based at the Nashville Convention Center, will celebrate the conference’s 10-year anniversary, with seminars and networking opportunities in addition to the musical acts. The festival will culminate in an awards show at the historic Ryman Auditorium, hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring Buddy Miller and his band. Two recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement award so far have already been announced: Asleep at the Wheel for performance and Sam Bush for instrumentalist, with many more to be revealed in the weeks approaching the ceremony.
The venues so far include The Mercy Lounge, The Cannery Ballroom, 3rd & Lindsley, The Station Inn and The Basement, all in downtown Nashville. A full list of performers can be found at the website, but highlights include Those Darlins, Will Hoge, J.D. Souther, Deadstring Brothers, Sarah Siskind, Sarah Borges, Bottle Rockets, The Lovell Sisters, Chuck Mead, Joe Pug and W.P.A.
AMA members can attend the entire conference and awards show for $350, and non-members can purchase a ticket for $450 through Aug. 31. In addition, those wanting to catch the live music performances at night can purchase tickets to all the shows for $45 at americanamusic.org.
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