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The Americana Music Association℠ and Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Partner for Upcoming AMERICANAFEST℠

The Americana Music Association and Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Partner for Upcoming AMERICANAFEST 

NASHVILLE,
Tenn. (Aug. 29, 2017) – The Americana Music Association℠ and the
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will partner once again to offer
one-of-a-kind programs during the 18th Annual AMERICANAFEST℠: The
Americana Music Festival & Conference, September 12-17.

“The
mission of the Americana Music Association℠ is to advocate for the
authentic voice of American roots music around the world,” said museum
CEO Kyle Young. “Part of our own mission is to interpret this
ever-changing art form. One of the ways we do that is through our
educational programs. We are happy to partner once again with the
association to further both our missions and offer what is sure to be an
unforgettable week of music and conversation.”

“This
year’s slate of AMERICANAFEST℠ programming at the Country Music Hall of
Fame and Museum represents some of the best curation on the planet,”
said Americana Music Association℠Executive Director, Jed Hilly. “It’s a thrill to be working with Kyle
Young and his team for the eleventh straight year to bring amazing,
educational, historical and of course, musical experiences that you will
not find elsewhere. We are honored to partner to bring these wonderful
programs to the community.”

AMERICANAFEST℠
activities at the museum begin Wednesday, September 13 in the Ford
Theater with a special performances and conversation from Don Bryant, Yola Carter, Raul Malo and Joan Osborne and presented by Ann Powers of NPR Music.

On Thursday, September 14, Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus,
an animated half-hour show chronicling the stories of some of country
music’s most eccentric characters, will premiere. The event will feature
a screening of two episodes from the series and a conversation with
co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, followed by a live performance musical tribute to the acts featured in the series featuring Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Elizabeth Cook, Dori Freeman, Jack Ingram, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Outlaw, Teddy Thompson and more to be announced.

On Friday afternoon, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will perform songs from their new album and talk with NPR Music’s Ann Powers about the recording, the creative process, and sharing music as siblings. Later that day, Devon Allman, Pony Bradshaw, Michael Lehman, Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, and John Paul White will join GRAMMY® Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman as they pay homage through stories and music in celebration of Gregg Allman’s final recording.

Saturday will round-out the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s AMERICANAFEST℠ activities with Bruce Robison in a Songwriter Session, and an interview and performance by Lee Ann Womack.

AMERICANAFEST℠
2017 will feature 300+ acts performing in more than 50 venues across
Nashville with multiple educational workshops and panels, making it
Nashville’s most comprehensive music education event. Festival and
conference registrations may be purchased here
at the current rate ($349 for Americana Music Association℠ members /
$449 for non-members) until Monday, September 4. Rates will increase to
$499 on September 5 for walk-up admission. Dates, times, and additional
information are included in the detailed schedule below. Several
programs will be streamed live (check schedule below) at
countrymusichalloffame.org and are presented in partnership with the
Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Each program is included with
museum admission and free to museum members and AMERICANAFEST℠ badge
holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.

Additional programming information can be found at www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

AMERICANAFEST℠ AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME ® AND MUSEUM 

Wednesday, September 13

Panel and Performance: Southern Streams

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

Available to live stream at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming

Americana
music, like all American music, is fundamentally eclectic, born of the
myriad cultural crossings that form the basis of our complex national
history. Within every country song is a blues root and a soul heart;
every folk ballad has traveled within a diaspora that may have touched
the Caribbean, Mexico, or the Native American West. This songwriters
round brings together four artists whose music reflects very different
family legacies and life experiences, from Southern soul to Latin-tinged
country to African-diaspora folk. Their songs and stories form a
portrait of Americana music that reflects the true and varied foundation
of Americana music. Moderated by Ann Powers of NPR Music, the program will feature performances and conversation from Don Bryant, Yola Carter, Raul Malo, and Joan Osborne

Thursday, September 14

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus Series Premier and Musical Tribute

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

From Mike Judge, creator of Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, and co-creator of Silicon Valley, comes the premiere of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus,
an animated half-hour show chronicling the stories of some of country
music’s most eccentric characters. The eight-episode series, debuting on
Cinemax on September 22, will feature legendary country music artists
including Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee
Lewis, and Billy Joe Shaver, with uncensored accounts of their exploits
as told by erstwhile bandmates and associates. The event will feature a
screening of two episodes from the series and a conversation with
co-creator/executive producer Mike Judge, followed by a live performance musical tribute featuring Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Elizabeth Cook, Dori FreemanJack Ingram, Jim Lauderdale, Sam Outlaw, Teddy Thompson and more to be announced. 

Friday, September 15

Interview and Performance: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

Available to live stream at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming

Though they have sung together since childhood, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer each pursued solo careers for over twenty years. With Not Dark Yet
(out August 18), they collaborate on a recording for the first time,
blending their vocals on nine covers and an original tune written
together. Their distinctive voices join in effortless sibling harmony
and their repertoire nods to eclectic influences, from the Louvin
Brothers to Nirvana. Lynne has released over a dozen records and won a
GRAMMY® for Best New Artist. Moorer’s nine albums have earned her
nominations for GRAMMYs®, Oscars, and Americana awards. The duo will
perform songs from the new album and talk with NPR Music’s Ann Powers about the album, the creative process, and sharing music as siblings. 

Friday, September 15

Southern Blood: Celebrating Gregg Allman

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

Gregg Allman’s Southern Blood
serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose
contributions have shaped American music throughout the past four
decades. Made shortly before his death this year, Southern Blood is Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s solo landmark, Low Country Blues. Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where early seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career. Devon Allman, Pony Bradshaw, Michael Lehman, Buddy Miller, Joan Osborne, and John Paul White join GRAMMY® Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman as they pay homage through stories and music in celebration of Allman’s salutary musical farewell.  

Saturday, September 16

Songwriter Session: Bruce Robison

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

Available to live stream at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming

Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter Bruce Robison
has released a dozen albums (both as a solo artist and with his wife,
singer Kelly Willis) containing new honky-tonk favorites such as “My
Brother and Me” and “What Would Willie Do.” Robison’s “Angry All the
Time” was a country hit for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; George Strait
scored with his “Desperately” and “Wrapped”; and “Travelin’ Soldier”
became a Dixie Chicks hit. Robison’s latest release, Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band,
features a mix of original and cover tunes recorded in his all-analog
Texas studio. The studio also serves as the set for Robison’s The Next Waltz, a website that showcases music, videos, and interviews with artists and songwriters. 

Saturday, September 16

Interview and Performance: Lee Ann Womack

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum

Available to live stream at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming

Lee Ann Womack
is justly lauded as one of the finest vocalists in country music. A
GRAMMY® winner and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Womack has amassed a
recorded catalog that is deep, rich, and rooted in the classic sounds
at the heart of country and Americana music. She has joined voices with a
diverse list of performers, from Dr. John to Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Womack’s forthcoming album, The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone,
finds her coming into her own as a songwriter. The album was recorded
at Houston’s legendary SugarHill Studios, where Lightnin’ Hopkins,
George Jones, the 13th Floor Elevators, and many more made classic
recordings. Peter Cooper will talk with Womack about her songwriting, her East Texas roots, and her musical journey.

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