Americana Summer Celebration Adds Songwriter Session
The Americana Summer Celebration at Blackberry Farm will include a special songwriter session with artists and friends Rosanne Cash, John Leventhal and Jim Lauderdale on Sat., July 21. The afternoon event will offer a glimpse into the songwriting craft before the artists take the stage that night for an evening performance that will also include hitmaker John Oates.
The intimate weekend at the luxury property in the Smoky Mountains will kick off on Fri., July 20 with a performance by Cash and noted guitarist and producer Leventhal. Held annually at Blackberry Farms in Walland, TN, the fundraising event benefits the not-for-profit Americana Music Association. For reservations, please contact Blackberry Farm at 1-800-557 8864 or email [email protected].
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Johnny Cash Music Festival Returns
Rosanne Cash is also confirmed for the Johnny Cash Music Festival at Arkansas State University. She will join Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley and The Civil Wars for the Oct. 5 concert at ASU’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Like last year’s inaugural sold out event, proceeds will fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas as well as support a scholarship established in his name. Details at www.johnnycashmusicfest.com.
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Don Williams Touring Behind New Album
Don Williams’ new Sugar Hill Records album And So It Goes is his highest charting country album in 27 years, bowing recently at No. 20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The album is also in the Top 5 Most Added at Americana Radio.
It was produced by longtime collaborator Garth Fundis and features guest vocal performances by Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and Chris Stapleton among others. Williams is touring in support of the project with fair, festival and theater dates crossing the country through September, including a two-night stand at Pigeon Forge, TN’s Country Tonite Theatre Sept. 21-22.
Click here to listen to the Williams/Krauss duet.