Americana Music Festival FULL Line Up Announced!

The full list of performers have been announced! How exciting! This year is going to be even better than last year.  The Americana Music Festival & Conference will be held in Nashville, TN from September 18 - 22nd.  The Honors & Awards show is on September 18th with showcases afterwards and then there will be shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  The only part that stinks (like at most festivals) is that you have to choose between performances.  When the schedule is released then I will post which shows I am choosing to see. Until then I will asterisk the ones that I HOPE to see!

The Americana Music Association created a great Spotify list including the performers.  It is great to discover new artists that you just may HAVE to check out in September. Click here to listen.

Americana Music Festival & Conference Showcase Performing Artist List
Alanna Royale*
Amanda Shires
American Aquarium
Amy Speace
Andrew Combs
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Aoife O'Donovan
Ashley Monroe
Austin Lucas
Band of Heathens*
Bear's Den
Ben Miller Band*
Bhi Bhiman
Billy Bragg
Black Prairie*
Bobby Rush
Bottle Rockets
Brian Wright
Chelsea Crowell
Claire Lynch
Daniel Romano
Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien
Dash Rip Rock
David Bromberg
Delbert McClinton
Della Mae*
Donna the Buffalo
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
Elephant Revival 
Farewell Drifters*
Field Report*
Frank Fairfield
Hillbilly Killers
Holly Williams
Howe Gelb
Howlin' Brothers*
Hurray for the Riff Raff*
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound* (I keep meaning to blog about his latest music video starring Aubrey Plaza of Parks & Rec and Jake Johnson of New Girl. Not only is it a great song, but I love both of those actors. Check it out here.)
JD McPherson
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Joe Nolan
John Fullbright** (He is a MUST SEE!)
Jonny Fritz
Josh Rouse
Joy Kills Sorrow*
Judah & the Lion
Justin Townes Earle
Kim Richey
Kruger Brothers
Laura Cantrell
Lera Lynn
Levi Lowrey
Lindi Ortega
Lisa Marie Presley
Luella & the Sun*
Mandolin Orange
Matt Mays
Max Gomez*
McCrary Sisters (go just to see the tambourine solo!)
Melody Pool
Mustered Courage*
My Darling Clementine
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers*
Nikki Lane
Noah Gundersen*
Nora Jane Struthers*
North Mississippi Allstars
NQ Arbuckle
Old Man Luedecke
Over The Rhine
Parker Millsap*
Patrick Sweany
Paul Kelly
Peter Bruntnell
Phil Madeira
Pokey LaFarge
Randall Bramlett
Rayland Baxter
Richard Thompson
Rosanne Cash
Rose Cousins
Sam Doores, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds
Samantha Crain
Shakey Graves*
Shannon McNally
Shooter Jennings
Sons of Fathers
Spirit Family Reunion*
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Steep Canyon Rangers*
Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue
Sturgill Simpson*
Susan Cowsill
The Bushwackers
The Del-Lords
The Devil Makes Three*
The Greencards
The Infamous Stringdusters*
The Lone Bellow* (saw them before, but would love to see them again!)
The Lost Brothers
The Stray Birds
The Westbound Rangers
The White Buffalo*
Tim Easton
Tommy Malone
Treetop Flyers
Two Man Gentleman Band
Uncle Lucius
Water Liars
Wheeler Brothers*
Willie Sugarcaps
Willy Mason
Wood Brothers*

So I am really, really disappointed that Shovels & Rope is not included on this list especially since they have four award nominations. They did play the festival last year, but I missed it. I might go cry about it... Plus, I was hoping that Great Peacock would get their shot this year. Oh well, there is always next year. 

All in all, I am really pleased with the artists that they chose.  There are many new bands that have never played their festival before.  Keepin' it fresh is always good.  The wristbands for the festival are not on sale yet, but a little birdy told me that we should expect them in two week are so. They will be only $50 dollars again. Such a great bargain for four nights of great music! Just remember if you get a wristband instead of a conference registration then registrants get priority entrance to the venues. Next year everyone should buy registrations at the early bird rate because then you would get priority entrance, go the the parties, and get to go to the Honors & Awards show! 

How do you feel about it? Planning on attending? Which artist excites you the most?

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