Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville

Fall in Nashville

If you’ve never spent the fall in Nashville, you may not be familiar with the absolute madness that is Americana Music Festival and Conference. For 5 days the city is going to host over 230 live performances at 40 different venues.  

The trouble with having that many shows in under a week is that you have to skip some. I’m excited to see household names like the Lumineers, and up and coming stars like Amanda Shires and The Drive By Truckers.  There’s a handy tool in the iPhone app store called “AmericanaFest” that can help you schedule what shows you want to see on what day. I won’t like that I’ve been sort of overwhelmed trying to fit everything I want to see in. But then again, my most memorable experiences from last year were accidentally seeing a band I had never heard of and getting blown away.

Amanda ShiresThe Drive By Truckers
Americana Honors and Awards Show

The crown jewel of the long weekend is the Americana Honors and Awards Show on September 13th, hosted by Jim Lauderdale at the Ryman Auditorium. This awards show isn’t like the awards shows you see on TV, it’s much, much cooler. The Honors and Awards have had some historic moments over the years, the biggest claim to fame being Johnny Cash and June Carter’s last live performance together. You can listen to the Honors and Awards show on several different radio outlets and see the coverage right here on Backstage Indie Report. Check out or follow me on Twitter (@samrochmusic) for more up to the minute coverage!



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