Nashville soon to be rocked by the Americana Music Festival

Scheduled performers Include:
Connie Smith, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, the Jayhawks,
the Civil Wars and the North Mississippi Allstars

WRISTBANDS GO ON SALE TUESDAY AUGUST 23rd, WITH A SPECIAL INSTORE PERFOMANCE BY CONNIE SMITH AT GRIMEY’S NEW & PRELOVED MUSIC

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Americana music’s best and brightest will take over Nashville’s coolest venues for the association’s October 12-15, 2011, evening festival. More than 100 of the genres’ trailblazers and rising stars will perform in the talent packed showcases that draw music lovers from all over the world. Among the first round of artists announced are: Gurf Morlix, Foster & Lloyd, JD Souther, Will Hoge, Elizabeth Cook, Marty Stuart and Marshall Chapman. They’ll be joined by buzz-worthy up and coming acts The Civil Wars, Amy LaVere, The Farewell Drifters, Catherine Britt and The David Mayfield Parade along with others listed below.

The festival is open to the general public. $50 Wristbands good for ALL EVENING SHOWCASES are on sale at the Americana website. From August 23-27th they can be bought for $40 (a $10 savings courtesy of Nissan) at Grimey’s New and Preloved Music in Nashville, TN. To kick things off, Sugar Hill Records’ Connie Smith will give a special instore performance at Grimey’s –6pm on the 23rd– to celebrate the release of her new album “Long Line of Heartaches”.

Music industry professionals and those interested in the business of great music can purchase Festival and Conference Registrations at the reduced rate of $350 for Americana Music Association members and $450 for non-members. Registrants receive entrance to all sanctioned daytime conference music, panels and parties, plus priority access to all evening showcase performances. The registration also includes a ticket to the 10th anniversary critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards Thursday, October 13th, at the Ryman Auditorium.

Festival Showcase Artists confirmed to play so far include:

Amy LaVere ~ Black Lillies ~ Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ~ The Bottle Rockets ~ Carrie Rodriguez ~ Catherine Britt ~ The Civil Wars ~ Connie Smith ~ The David Mayfield Parade ~ David Wax Museum ~ The Dirt Daubers ~ Elephant Revival ~ Elizabeth Cook ~ The Farewell Drifters ~ Foster & Lloyd ~ The Gourds ~ Grayson Capps ~ The Greencards ~ Gurf Morlix ~ Hymn for Her ~ Ian McLagan ~ The Jayhawks ~ JD Souther ~ John Oates ~ Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison ~ Kenny Vaughan ~ Lake Street Dive ~ Lera Lynn~ Malcolm Holcombe~ Marshall Chapman ~ Marty Stuart ~ Matraca Berg ~ New Country Rehab ~ North Mississippi Allstars ~ Patrick Sweany ~ Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three ~ Tim Easton ~ Tommy Womack & the Rush to Judgment ~ The Vespers ~ Will Hoge~ Will Kimbrough and more tba.