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Artistry To Shine at 12th Americana Music Festivial and Conference

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Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 12th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan will celebrate the genre's ever-growing recognition and acclaim October 12 - 15, 2011 in Nashville, TN. In an explosion of talent, iconic artists will take the stage alongside the scene's hippest up-and-comers for four days and nights of praiseworthy performances and surprise guest appearances.

Confirmed to attend "Americanafest" so far include Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Justin Townes Earle, the Jayhawks, North Mississippi Allstars, Foster and Lloyd, and The Civil Wars and hundreds of key members of the music community.

The genre's far-reaching embrace will be on display as 100-plus acts rock five of Nashville's coolest venues during the Festival's nighttime showcases. This is where those-in-the-know catch genre stalwarts, as well as talented newcomers on track to becoming tomorrow's headline makers. The Americana scene has spawned some of today's hottest acts, spurring a recent Spin magazine cover story.

July 31 is the final day to register for the Festival and Conference under the current early bird rate, with priority Honors and Awards show seating going to those who register before the August 1st rate increase. Americana Music Association members receive a discounted rate over non-members. Click HERE to buy now. Tickets to the Honors and Awards go on sale July 29 to the general public.

Full Festival and Conference registrants receive entrance to all sanctioned daytime conference music, panels and parties, plus priority access to all evening showcase performances, and a ticket to the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards show on Thursday, October 13th at the Ryman Auditorium.

The Honors & Awards will be celebrating ten years and once again we guarantee a show that will knock your socks off. Jim Lauderdale will continue his tenure as master of ceremonies, joined for another year by Buddy Miller and his All-Star house band. Over 2,000 artists, music lovers and industry executives attend the annual show, which is broadcast internationally through multiple outlets.

Daytime conference sessions primarily take place at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown hotel, offering plenty of friendly networking, exciting panel discussions and educational seminars. These career-building opportunities and the wealth of nighttime showcases make the Americana Music Festival and Conference a must-attend event for fans, artists and business leaders alike.

Registration is online at

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