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San Francisco Arts Commission Requests Grammys Bring Back 31 Categories

San Francisco Arts CommissionSan Francisco, CA -- On Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the San Francisco Executive Arts Commission Meeting the resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner John Calloway was proposed to the board commissioners asking them to issue a formal request to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the 31 categories of music genres that were dropped from GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011. Members of the community who attended and spoke were musician and previous NARAS governor Sandy Cressman, Recording Artist and 2x GRAMMY Nominee Mark Levine, KPFA Radio Producer Clayton Leander and producer and writer Stephanie Dalton, who presented the public petition that now has over 5,400 signatures.

Americana Honors and Awards Returns to the Ryman Oct 13

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Americana Music Association's annual Honors & Awards program returns to the Ryman Oct. 13. Among the artists slated to appear are: Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Gregg Allman, Hayes Carll, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Secret Sisters & more. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. and are available by clicking here.

Doc Watson Biography Awarded Biography of the Year

Doc WatsonNew York, NY -- Dr. Kent Gustavson, author of “Blind but Now I See", the revealing biography of Doc Watson, is honored with Biography of the Year Award. Blind but Now I See was selected the Winner of Biography of the Year for the 2011 Indie Excellence Awards.

Artistry To Shine at 12th Americana Music Festivial and Conference

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.

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