The Americana Music Conference

Today is the start of The Americana Music Conference. I spoke via email with Mark Montgomery, president of The Americana Music Association and owner of Echo Music. Mark gave me the low down on what’s happening this week at the event.

Nashville’s the place to be September 8-10 when 48 great acts come to the Cannery Ballroom, Mercy Lounge, Station Inn and the Basement for full-length showcases during the Americana Music Conference. Previously closed to delegates only, this year you can join music industry movers and shakers for three exciting nights of shows by top artists for only $25! Check out this lineup:

September 8: Avett Brothers, Bobby Bare, Blue Highway, Solomon Burke, Hayes Carll, Elizabeth Cook, Derailers, Mary Gauthier, the Grascals, the Hacienda Brothers, Lucero, Buddy Miller, Tim O’Brien, Eve Selis, Chris Stamey, Marty Stuart, Swamp Cabbage, Uncle Earl, Holly Williams and Adrienne Young.

September 9: Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary, John Cowan Band, Pat Flynn, Tom Gillam & Tractor Pull, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Kevin Gordon, Jim Lauderdale, Julie Lee, the Lee Boys and Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez.

September 10: Frank Black (of Pixies fame), Bluerunners, Sarah Borges, Shawn Camp, Melonie Cannon, Peter Case, Willie Clay Band, the Ditty Bops (their first Nashville appearance!), the Duhks, Robbie Fulks, Dean Miller, Old School Freight Train, Robert Reynolds, RobinElla, Chris Scruggs, Greg Trooper, Two Tons Of Steel and Webb Wilder.

Don’t delay — wristbands are limited! Buy yours now at

Be sure to visit their website for more information including evening showcase lineups and schedules, and to purchase tickets.

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