Americana’s Thriving Roots Conference Announces Panels With Bonnie Raitt, Alice Randall, Chris Shiflett, And More

The Americana Music Association’s Thriving Roots Conference, set for Sept. 16-18, has announced some additional panel discussions and sessions as part of this year’s virtual conference.

Among the new events are Rosanne Cash‘s “Love and Vigilance” with Ry Cooder, Angela Davis, Bonnie Raitt and Alice Randall, RIAA’s “Record Setting” with Mitch Glazier and Michele Ballantyne, “How to Stay Creative When You’re Off the Road” with Paul Thorn + Elvin Bishop, “Striking a Chord,” with Grammy Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman talking to this year’s Americana Instrumentalist of the Year nominees Ellen Angelico, Annie Clements, Brittany Haas, Zachariah Hickman and Rich Hinman, and “The Future of Americana” featuring Chris Shiflett along with Leslie Fram (CMT), David Macias (Thirty Tigers), Linda Ryan (Gimme Radio) and Bruce Warren (WXPN / NPR Music’s World Café) as they forecast the future of the genre.

During virtual breaks in the conference, Dualtone Music Group will have a music segment showcasing their artist roster, and Radio Woodstock’s Empire State of Americana will shine a light on five rising music stars.

With over 50 panel discussions and more than 40 special events filled with music, Thriving Roots will bring the Americana music community together for three full days of insights from its top industry professionals and leading artists. The virtual conference agenda will be announced in late August.


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