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Americana Music Association Honors Iconic Artist Jim Lauderdale

JimLauderdaleBeloved songwriter, singer, and artist Jim Lauderdale will be the 2016 recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award, a special lifetime achievement honor reserved for the most valuable contributors to the course and history of America’s only broad roots music format. The award, named for country music icon Porter Wagoner, will be presented on September 21, 2016 by Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait, a global star who has recorded more than a dozen of Jim Lauderdale’s songs.

Americana Music Association Unveils Honors & Awards Nominees

Americana Music Association Honors & AwardsThe Americana Music Association announced the nominees for its 15th annual Honors & Awards show this evening at an event held at the historic Mansion on O Street in Washington, D.C. The invitation only affair, presented by the musicFIRST Coalition, was attended by members of Congress and musicians and streamed live via Facebook exclusively through NPR Music.

First Round of AmericanaFest Performers Announced

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced today the first 70 of more than 180 artists slated to perform at the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 20-25 in Nashville, TN. The six-day festival will fill the city with legends, newcomers, award winners, and buzz bands, showcasing the breadth of Americana's influence. With over 180 artists and bands scheduled, the event promises to be, as described by MOJO Magazine, the "roots alternative to the GRAMMYs and South by Southwest." A list of the first round of performers can be found below.

Ricky Skaggs Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Americana Music Association

Photo credit-Americana Music Association,Rick Diamond,Getty ImagesNashville, TN -- Last Wednesday night at the Americana Music Association's annual Honors and Awards ceremony, legendary country and bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs was awarded the organization's esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. From the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, guitar legend Ry Cooder presented Skaggs with the award.

Americana Announces the 2015 Honors & Awards Winners

Ricky Skaggs at Americana Honors & AwardsNashville, TN -- Americana -- "A lively genre embodies both the continuity and evolution of roots music," (Wall Street Journal) -- celebrated its 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards tonight at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This year's winners reflected the community's "spirit of eclecticism" (New York Times), with Shakey Graves as Emerging Artist of the Year; John Leventhal, Instrumentalist of the Year; The Mavericks, Group/Duo of the Year; Lucinda Williams, Album of the Year ('Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'); and Sturgill Simpson claiming both Song of the Year (for "Turtles All The Way Down") and Artist of the Year trophies.

More Artists Added to AmericanaFest Lineup

Americana Music AssociationThe Americana Music Association unveiled an additional 30+ artists to its 16th annual AmericanaFest lineup this week. Known for its “spirit of eclecticism” (New York Times) and community, the festival will offer more than 170 official showcases across more than a dozen Music City venues including newly announced performances by Glen Hansard, Jewel, Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers, Jay Farrar (performing songs from Son Volt’s “Trace”), Buddy Miller & Marc Ribot, JD McPherson, Parker Millsap, Joel Rafael, Nellie Clay, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear and the Watkins Family Hour.

Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle & Gillian Welch Anchor New Americana Event

Loretta LynnNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association, in partnership with AEG Live/The Messina Group, announces plans to produce a one-time-only "mini-festival" at the new Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday, September 19 in downtown Nashville during its 16th annual Americana Festival & Conference.

“AmericanaFest NYC” Lincoln Center & Americana Music Association Encore

Lincoln Center Out of DoorsThe Americana Music Association and Lincoln Center have unveiled their 2015 lineup for "AmericanaFest NYC," running August 7-9, as part of Lincoln Center's Out Of Doors Series. Last year's "inaugural free-fest-of-down-home goodness" (New York Magazine) featured some of Americana's "biggest stars," and offered "a notion of Americana that's essential rather than prescriptive" (New York Times).

2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Announced

Abi Tapia, Joey Ryan & Kenneth Pattengale, Nikki Lane, Jed Hilly, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and John Hiatt. Photo by Terry Wyatt, Getty ImagesNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced today its nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, during a press conference held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater and streamed live via Music City Roots. 2014 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year winners the Milk Carton Kids hosted the event and revealed the nominees of the six categories - Album, Artist, Duo/Group, Emerging Artist, Instrumentalist and Song.

2015 AmericanaFest Initial Lineup Announced

Frank Solivan & Dirty KitchenThe Americana Music Association has unveiled its first round of artists to perform during the 16th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15 - 20, 2015. For bluegrass fans, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will join other groups to represent the genre. This festival covers all the domains of roots music so there is always something for everyone.

NPR Presents the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards Show

2014 Americana Honors & Awards ShowWashington, D.C. / Nashville, Tenn. – Music fans everywhere can now watch a night of special performances by the biggest names in Americana. A set of digitally re-mastered videos from the stage of the 13th annual Americana Music Association’s Honors & Awards show is now archived and available for on-demand streaming exclusively at npr.org/music.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music

 A Celebration of American Roots MusicNashville, TN -- City Winery, Newport Folk Presents® and the Americana Music Association announced today a partnership to promote a series of concerts titled State of the Union taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville, and New York City. One night per month in each city, State of the Union will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Marty Stuart Salutes Jimmie Rodgers During Honors & Awards

Jimmie Rodgers - The Singing BrakemanNashville TN: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 17-21, is spotlighting “The Music of Mississippi” this year with multiple programming events exploring the history and traditions of American Roots Music in Mississippi.

AmericanaFest Early Bird Rates End Monday, Feb 3rd

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Make your plans now (and save 50% off the walk up rate) for the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville September 17-21, 2014. Full Festival & Conference registrations cost only $265 for members and $365 for non-members. Click here to secure your discounted rate, as it will increase on Tuesday, February 4th.

Americana Music Association Presents Everly Brothers Tribute Jan 25

Everly Brothers TributeNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is pleased to announce it will remember Phil Everly with a tribute to the Everly Brothers during a celebration of American Roots Music. The event will take place at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Saturday, January 25.

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