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Americana Music Association® Announces Surprise Additional Round of Performers for AMERICANAFEST

Additional lineup to include Sean Ardoin, Nicole Atkins, Hayes Carll, Ruston Kelly, North Mississippi Allstars, Nathaniel Rateliff & Friends, Jaime Wyatt and more Festival and conference to feature special musical events curated by ANTI- Records, Kirby Brown, Paul Cauthen, Erin Rae, The Travelin' McCourys and more

Over 300 artists and bands slated to play destination music event

(L-R) Sean Ardoin, Nicole Atkins, Ruston Kelly and Jaime Wyatt

The Americana Music Association® announced today an additional 56 showcasing acts that round out a lineup of over 300 artists and bands playing the 20th annual AMERICANAFEST, which is now less than two weeks away on September 10-15 in Nashville, TN. The music festival and conference will also host several musical events, including a showcase celebrating ANTI- Records' 20th anniversary; Kirby Brown's in-the-round songwriter session; Paul Cauthen's Big Velvet Revue; Erin Rae's tribute to the music of The Carpenters and more; a showcase jam with The Travelin' McCourys and friends; plus, a tribute to the music of 1969. Scheduling dates and times can be found below.

Additional Round of Artists & Bands Confirmed to Play AMERICANAFEST 2019: 

Banditos Ben Danaher Beth Nielsen Chapman Bette Smith Brandy Zdan Chance McCoy Danny Burns David Luning Eric Bolander Erin Enderlin Flying Buffaloes Folk Family Revival Gary Nicholson Goodnight, Texas Grant-Lee Phillips Hackensaw Boys Hayes Carll Jaime Wyatt Jamie Lin Wilson Jared Deck Jason Eady Jason Hawk Harris Jess Jocoy Jesse Dayton Julian Taylor Band Kate Rhudy Kellen of Troy The Kernal Kevin Gordon King Corduroy Kyle Daniel L.A. Edwards Locust Honey Martha Spencer Michael Logen Miss Tess & The Talkbacks Nathaniel Rateliff and Friends Nefesh Mountain Nicole Atkins North Mississippi Allstars Oliver Hazard Ordinary Elephant Paul Burch Pony Bradshaw Roanoke Rob Baird Royal Jelly Jive Ruston Kelly Sawyer Fredericks Sean Ardoin Sierra Ferrell Stevie Redstone Travers Brothership Vandoliers The Vegabonds The Way Down Wanderers

A complete list of official AMERICANAFEST showcasing acts can be found here.

On the evening of Wednesday, September 11, Paul Cauthen will once again be bringing his Big Velvet Revue to The Basement East. Curated and emceed by the outlaw revivalist, this official dirt-kicking event will feature performances by Cauthen, Jason Boland, Jack Ingram, Aubrie Sellers, Chris Shiflett, Quaker City Night Hawks, Jaime Wyatt and more.

ANTI- Records will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at the Mercy Lounge with an official showcase on Thursday night, September 12, highlighting their groundbreaking roster with performances by Darrin Bradbury, The Frothy Pit (Wynonna Judd and Cass McCombs), Jeremy Ivey, Son Little and Christopher Paul Stelling.

The following day on Friday, September 13, Kirby Brown will host "WRIXLAN, AMERICANA: An Exchange of Story and Song," an artist-centric in-the-round session where the singer-songwriter gathers other musicians from the Americana music community. This AMERICANAFEST edition at City Winery Lounge includes Brown, Andrew Combs, Dawn Landes and Caroline Spence as they share their own inspirations and how the art of storytelling informs their songwriting.

That same Friday night, Americana musicians from the community will salute the music of 1969 with a unique event at The Basement East. The year that brought about man's first landing on the moon catapulted America into the next decade. Emblematic acts of this time like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin had a lot to say as they created the soundtrack for this period of change. These pivotal musicians and their works will be honored by Nikki Lane, Ed Jurdi (The Band of Heathens), Bobby Rush - who will be performing his own classic from '69 - and more. Whiskey Wolves of the West will be hosting while a stellar house band led by the group's own Chase McGillis backs the evening's performers.

Erin Rae invites festival-goers to The 5 Spot on Saturday evening, September 14, as she presents a musical tribute to The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, The Monkees and more. Inspired by the bubbly world of the Lawrence Welk Variety Show, Rae and bandleader Jordan Lehninghave curated a selection of tunes to be performed by Combs, Joshua Hedley, Logan Ledger, Caitlin Rose and more.

Also on Saturday night, The Travelin' McCourys are set to take over the Cannery Ballroom, treating attendees to a musical jam with their Nashville friends the Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Jacob Jolliff and more surprise guests.  

2019 Festival Wristbands are currently on sale to the public at the wallet-friendly price of $90. Available for purchase here, Festival Wristbands allow admission into all evening showcase venues and select sanctioned special events.

Conference Registrations (currently on-sale at the standard rate of $449/$349 for Americana Music Association members) can be purchased here and offer priority admission into all showcase venues, sanctioned events and daytime educational panels. On September 2, these premier passes will increase in price to the walk-up rate of $499.

A complete schedule for this year's AMERICANAFEST programming can be found on their website and on their official mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play.

Special Musical Events at AMERICANAFEST 2019 - Nashville, TN:

Wednesday, Sept. 11 Paul Cauthen's Big Velvet Revue 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. | The Basement East | 917 Woodland St.

Paul Cauthen will be bringing his Big Velvet Revue back to The Basement East during AMERICANAFEST. In case you’ve missed it in the past, the Big Velvet Revue has showcased some incredible talent from Shakey Graves, Rayland Baxter, Colter Wall, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more! This year’s event will bring the same style of curation and excitement, featuring a variety of performances from across the country with Cauthen as the Master of Ceremonies. You’ll be treated to an evening full of rock 'n' roll, Americana, and special surprise guests. This was the party to be at last year, so don’t miss it!

Open to Conference Registrants and Festival Wristband holders or $15 at the door.

Thursday, Sept. 12 20th Anniversary Celebration of ANTI- Records 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Mercy Lounge | 1 Cannery Row

There’s a reason ANTI-’s mantra is “Real artists creating records on their own terms.” Since 1999, the American record label has proudly trusted the voice of its roster, serving as a home to an array of groundbreaking artists, including The Milk Carton Kids, Mavis Staples, Tom Waits, Cass McCombs, Neko Case, Wynonna and most recently, Darrin Bradbury and Jeremy Ivey. Come celebrate two decades of music on a label that prides itself on championing artistic vision with uncompromising integrity. Enjoy performances by Darrin Bradbury, Jeremy Ivey, Son Little, Christopher Paul Stelling, and The Frothy Pit.

Open to Conference Registrants and Festival Wristband holders or $25 at the door.

Friday, Sept. 13 Kirby Brown’s WRIXLAN, AMERICANA: An Exchange of Story and Song 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | City Winery Lounge | 609 Lafayette St.

Wrixlan (rix*luhn), Old English: to exchange, barter, reciprocate. For the inaugural installment of his in-the-round series “WRIXLAN,” Kirby Brown assembles several preeminent writer-artists from the Americana music world. They will share their songs, first and foremost, but in an open format — with room to explore their inspirations, their own histories, and how being in a storytelling genre has informed the music they make. With Caroline Spence, Andrew Combs, and Dawn Landes.

Open to Conference Registrants and Festival Wristband holders.

Friday, Sept. 13 To the Moon and Beyond: A Tribute to 1969 8 p.m. - Midnight | The Basement East | 917 Woodland St.

The sky was no longer the limit in 1969. From man’s first landing on the moon to the birth of what would become the Internet, this significant year of change catapulted America into the next decade. Seismic political and cultural shifts resulted as a culmination of many tumultuous events, such as the Charles Manson murders, the Stonewall riots igniting the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and nearly 400,000 rock ’n’ roll music fans congregating at Woodstock. With the ‘70s just around the corner, artists from this time maintained a progressive mind and an open heart with their music. Whiskey Wolves of the West will be taking the reins as the evening's house band as Americana musicians from the community salute emblematic artists of this time, who might include Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Isley Brothers, and Simon & Garfunkel.

Open to Conference Registrants and Festival Wristband holders or $15 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 14 We've Only Just Begun: A Tribute to the Music of The Carpenters & More 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. | The 5 Spot | 1006 Forrest Ave

Wonderful, wonderful! Erin Rae presents a tribute to the music of The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, Judee Sill, Jim Croce, The Monkees, Bread, Scott Walker, Doris Day, and more. Inspired by the effervescent and pastel-clad Lawrence Welk Variety Show, Erin Rae and bandleader Jordan Lehning organize a collection of songs performed by the likes of Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs, Logan Ledger, Natalie Prass, Adia Victoria, Joshua Hedley, Emily West, and many, many more. Come sip some bubbly and enjoy the sounds of the '60s and '70s. Hiccup!

Open to Conference Registrants, Festival Wristband holders or $5 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 14 The Travelin' McCourys and Friends 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. | Cannery Ballroom | 1 Cannery Row

Known for creating special moments at festivals and events all over the USA and Mexico, this year's show at AMERICANAFEST will be no different. Jam out with The Travelin' McCourys as they invite many of their local musical friends they've shared the stage with over the last 30 years, including Della Mae, Gibson Brothers, and Jacob Jolliff - and the list goes on. Don't miss it!

Open to Conference Registrants and Festival Wristband holders.

For more information and to purchase an AMERICANAFEST pass, please visit

About AMERICANAFEST®: The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® will take place September 10-15, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For more information, please visit

About the Americana Music Association®: The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST® and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.


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