The initial lineup of the Americana Music Awards Festival (AmericanaFest for short) is out, with 68 acts announced and more to come. Female artists are dominating the headliner spots with Lee Ann Womack, Indigo Girls, Sara Watkins and Wynonna & The Big Noise slated to play at the event.
The festival will be a mix of some well-known country classics, and lesser-known artists who are beginning to make a name for themselves. Some up-and-comers to keep an eye on are Aubrie Sellers, Parker Millsap, BJ Barham (of American Aquarium), Joe Purdy, Lydia Loveless, and Sammy Brue.
When all is said and done, the AMA will announce over 190 artists, some leaning more towards mainstream country, some more blues, some rock, but all falling into the wide category of Americana. The festival will last from September 20 to 25 in Nashville, TN, and will feature talent in 13 venues across the city. Festival wristbands are $60 and give you access to all AmericanaFest concerts throughout the five days, as well as special exclusive parties and other events.
If you really want to take full advantage of everything Nashville has to offer that week, you can register for the AMA conference which gives you access to all shows, as well as parties, panels with industry leaders, showcases and other exclusive events. The conference will cover interests of everyone in the industry from songwriters to legal executives, and you don’t have to be a member of the AMA to attend!
With more announcements to come, this year’s festival is shaping up to be a wonderfully entertaining celebration of Americana legends past, present and future.
Artists Confirmed for AmericanaFest 2016
BJ Barham of American Aquarium
Cedric Burnside Project
Green River Ordinance
John Paul White
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Lee Ann Womack
Penny & Sparrow
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Sons of Bill
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
The Ballroom Thieves
The Black Lillies
The Bottle Rockets
The Cactus Blossoms
The Handsome Family
The Last Bandoleros
William Clark Green
Wynonna & The Big Noise