Monroe, McClinton, Presley top AMA list
Monday, July 15, 2013
– Ashley Monroe, Delbert McClinton, the Stone Canyon Rangers, Shooter Jennings and Lisa Marie Presley will be among the artists playing Americana's 14th Annual Festival and Conference in Nashville in September.
The Americana Music Association, which organizes the conference, announced its line-up today. The festival will be held Sept. 18 through 22 with the 12th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium on the first night.
Full Festival & Conference registrations cost only $350 for members and $450 for non-members. Rates go up July 31.
Performing artists include
Alanna Royale, Amanda Shires,
American Aquarium, Amy Speace, Andrew Combs, Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Aoife O'Donovan, Austin Lucas
Band of Heathens
Ben Miller Band
Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien, Dash Rip Rock
Donna the Buffalo,
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors,
Field Report and Frank Fairfield.
Other performers are:
Hurray for the Riff Raff,
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound,
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons,
Joy Kills Sorrow,
Judah & the Lion,
Justin Townes Earle,
Luella & the Sun,
My Darling Clementine,
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers,
Nora Jane Struthers,
North Mississippi Allstars,
Old Man Luedecke and Over The Rhine.
Sam Doores, Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds,
Sons of Fathers,
Spirit Family Reunion,
St. Paul and the Broken Bones,
Steelism, Stewart Mann & the Statesboro Revue,
The Devil Makes Three,
The Lone Bellow, The Lost Brothers,
The Stray Birds,
The Westbound Rangers,
The White Buffalo, Tim Easton,
Treetop Flyers, Two Man Gentleman Band,
Uncle Lucius, Water Liars, Wheeler Brothers, Willie Sugarcaps, Willy Mason and Wood Brothers also will hit the stage.
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