Americana Special To Air On PBS

The Avett Brothers perform during the 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards. Photo: Erika Goldring

ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival will air Nov. 19 on PBS, featuring performances by Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars. Check local listings for times.

The hour long special, hosted by Jim Lauderdale, was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 13 during the Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards. The show opens with a performance of “I’ll Fly Away,” in tribute to the 10th anniversary of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, with Harris, Krauss and others, and closes with a finale spotlighting rock legend Allman.

Also included are performances from Lauderdale, Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and The Band of Joy, Candi StatonLucinda Williams, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Amos Lee. Many artists are backed by Miller’s all-star band, featuring Don Was, Greg Leisz, the McCrary Sisters, along with John Deaderick and brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.

“It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level,” said Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners than Nashville Public Television president and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere, and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience.”

Included Performances:
Emmylou Harris Alison Krauss Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was / I’ll Fly Away, “O Brother” Tribute Performance
The Avett Brothers / The Once And Future Carpenter
Lucinda Williams / Blessed
Amos Lee / Cup of Sorrow
Elizabeth Cook / El Camino
The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow
Justin Townes Earle / Harlem River Blues
Jessica Lea Mayfield / For Today
Buddy Miller / Gasoline And Matches
Candi Staton / Heart On A String
Jim Lauderdale / Life By Numbers
Robert Plant / Monkey
Gregg Allman / Melissa


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