What do Ed Helms, Mumford & Sons bassist Ben Lovett and legendary BBC personality "Whispering" Bob Harris have in common? They're all presenting premiere showcases during Americana Music Festival, Sept. 18-22 in Nashville, TN. The Bluegrass Situation -- the online hub for everything Americana, Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk -- and Ed Helms bring together a cavalcade of their closest friends, favorite artists and surprise guests for a post Honors & Awards, late night bash at midnight, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at ONE, One Cannery Row.
"Americana is right in the pocket of who we are as a community. We couldn't think of a better place to be than Nashville during Americana week," shares The Bluegrass Situation founder, Ed Helms.
Communion Presents is an artist-led organization co-founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons) that combines elements of live promotion, publishing, recording and production to create a hub for songwriters and musicians to develop and flourish in an increasingly competitive industry environment.
"Support, respect, brotherhood, growth and development are some of the values that make up the Communion organization. This exists on and off stage. We champion musicians who encourage one another, regardless of genre or level of commercial success," shares Lovett.
The Communion Presents showcase during Americana will feature Bear's Den, Willy Mason, The Lone Bellow, Black Prairie and Justin Townes Earle on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave North.
BBC host Bob Harris brings "BBC Introducing" (the brand for new music programs across BBC radio stations, highlighting unsigned, self-signed and other emerging musical talent primarily from the UK) to Americana for the first time. "BBC Introducing" launched in 2007 and has since extended to stages at major festivals such as Glastonbury and SXSW. Harris premieres his show to the Hard Rock Café, presenting three of the hottest and freshest new acts on the scene Friday, Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m. The showcase will be taped live for broadcast on BBC radio.
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