Nashville, TN -- Premieres of two Americana music specials, the performance-filled documentary “NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana” and “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013,” will anchor the “PBS Americana Music Weekend,” Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2013.
“NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana,” premiering Friday, November 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET as part of the PBS Fall Arts Special, explores the Americana musical melting pot, looking to the future while embracing the breadth and genius of roots music artists, as well as Nashville’s role as the genre’s homebase. It include performances and interviews with a comprehensive lineup of rising and veteran country, folk, rock and multi-genre artists who are prominent in the Americana movement, among them Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash, The Civil Wars, Emmylou Harris, The Mavericks and Dwight Yoakam. A full list follows below.
“ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival,” a special episode of Austin City Limits capturing performance highlights from the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, premieres Saturday, November 23 on KLRU (Austin PBS) and PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for broadcast dates and times). Viewers in Nashville and Middle Tennessee can see the episode a day earlier, when Nashville Public Television (NPT) airs “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” on Friday, November 22 at 9:00 p.m. CT following “Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana.”
Recorded in September at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the program -- like “The Rise of Americana” -- showcases both established and rising stars, many performing and participating in musical collaborations. Among those artists featured are Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, The Milk Carton Kids, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Duane Eddy, John Fullbright, Stephen Stills with Richie Furay and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale. Full ACL episodes are available online at acltv.com following their initial broadcast.
The not-for-profit Americana Music Association has also set the dates for its primary fundraising event. The 15th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn. The annual Honors & Awards show will once again kick off the event at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Full Festival & Conference registrations will go on sale at early bird rates on Friday, November 15, 2013 via www.americanamusic.org.
“It’s astonishing how much vibrant, soul-shaking and exciting music is coming out right now from the Americana movement which both welcomes and blends the best of this country’s musical traditions,” says Donald Thoms, PBS Vice President of General Audience Programming and Talent Management. “It’s doubly exciting to present ‘Nashville 2.0’s” fast-paced and comprehensive primer on Americana music, paired with ‘Austin City Limits’’ annual concert that gives viewers a closer look at these performers and the songs that are constantly redefining the genre.”
Artists performing on “Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana” in alphabetical order (* indicates an Americana Music Award winner; italics indicates a Grammy Award winner): Alabama Shakes*, The Avett Brothers*, Billy Bragg, Laura Cantrell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash*, The Civil Wars*, Elizabeth Cook, Rodney Crowell*, Dawes, Jerry Douglas*, John Fullbright, Shakey Graves, Emmylou Harris*, The James Hunter Six, Jason Isbell* & Amanda Shires, Jim Lauderdale*, The Lone Bellow, The Mavericks, The Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller*, Mumford & Sons*, Shovels and Rope*, Richard Thompson* and Dwight Yoakam*.
For more information on “Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana” please visit http://arts.lunchbox.pbs.org/arts/programs/nashville-20/.
For more information on “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013” please visit: http://acltv.com/