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Americana Assc.’s Star Lyric Sheet Auction

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Parton's lyrics to "I Will Always Love You"

Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Bon Jovi are among the superstar artists and songwriters who have donated handwritten lyric sheets to an auction to benefit the Americana Music Association.

The auction is the centerpiece of an evening of entertainment called An American Artform, which includes performances by acclaimed singer/songwriter John Hiatt and friends. Tickets also include cocktails and hors d’ouerves from the Clean Plate Club.

An American Artform will take place Monday, Dec. 14 at Tinney Contemporary Gallery in Downtown Nashville from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased only by calling the Americana Music Association 615-386-6936.

Nelson's lyrics to "On The Road Again"

Nelson's lyrics to "On The Road Again"

Artists who have donated the personally handwritten and signed lyrics include: Bon Jovi, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Buddy Miller, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Nanci Griffith, John Oates, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jack Clement, John Hiatt, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Monty Holmes & Leslie Satcher, John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Jack Ingram, Darrell Scott, Joe Ely, Miranda Lambert, JD Souther, Phil Everly, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Jimmy Fadden, Michael McDonald, Chip Taylor, Peter Frampton, James McMurtry, Dan Tyminski, Mary Gauthier, Tift Merritt, and Lucinda Williams.

To view the artwork and bid online go to www.americanamusicauction.com.

AMA Announces New Board Members

The Americana Music Association recently held annual elections for its Board of Directors and the results are in. Nine new directors will be joining the board for 2009-2010.

New Americana Music Association Board Members:

(L-R): Capps, Kornblith, Matthews, Allen, Taylor

(L-R): Capps, Kornblith, Matthews, Allen, Taylor

(L-R): Macias, Crowell, Malo, Miller

(L-R): Macias, Crowell, Malo, Miller

Finance

Ashley Capps—President, AC Entertainment and co-creator/producer of Bonnaroo

Radio

Joan Kornblith—Correspondent and Program Host, Voice of America

Booking
Pam Matthews—Owner, DuVoyant Music

Publishing
John Allen—Vice President, Bug Music

Artist
Chip Taylor

New Media
David Macias—President, Thirty Tigers

At Large
Rodney Crowell, Raul Malo, Buddy Miller


Existing Directors with another year to serve:

Artist Management
Tim McFadden—Owner, Tim McFadden Management

Performing Rights
Kay Clary— Sr. Director Media Relations, BMI

Publications
Tamara Saviano—Owner/President, Ellis Creative

Radio Promotion
Al Moss—Owner, Al Moss Promotion

Record Label
Amanda Hale-Ornelas—Director of Media Relations, New West Records

Retail Distribution
Sylvia Giannitrappani—owner, GO2 Management

Songwriter
Tift Merritt

Talent Buyer/Presenter
Brad First—Talent Booker/Showcase Coordinator, SXSW Inc.

At Large
Fred Boenig—Partner, Artist Development Group
Jessie Scott—Owner, Music Fog

Americana-Rama: The Latest Music And News

Aleep At The Wheel was honored at this year's Americana Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Performance.  At a recent celebration of the award, the CMA also presented them with a plaque in recognition of 40 years of furthering country music.  Pictured L-R:  Business Manager Peter Schwarz, Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, CMA's Hank Adam Locklin and ASCAP's Herky Williams.

Aleep At The Wheel was honored at this year's Americana Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Performance. At a recent celebration of the award, the CMA also presented them with a plaque in recognition of 40 years of furthering country music. Pictured L-R: Business Manager Peter Schwarz, Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, CMA's Hank Adam Locklin and ASCAP's Herky Williams.

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Kieran Kane will give a free in-store performance at Grimey’s Thirsty Friday celebration (Free PBR!) today (9/18) at 6 PM. He’ll play songs from his new CD Somewhere Beyond the Roses. It’s a full band show featuring Deanna Varagona (Lambchop), Richard Bennett (Mark Knopfler), and Lucas Kane (Kane, Welch, Kaplin).

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Rockabilly boogie master Sleepy Labeef will bring his brand of American roots music to the grand opening of the new Sun Records Store in Music Valley today (9/18) from 7- 9 p.m. He is a one-time Sun Records artist who worked with Elvis, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. Admission is free.

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Lost Highway’s Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will make their national television debut Sept. 21 on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The band released its first album, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!, in March.

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Rob Blackledge released his debut album, Inside These Walls, this week (9/15), through One Revolution Entertainment (ORE). Among his other recent success is co-writing Love And Theft’s first single “Runaway.”

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Thad Cockrell’s first solo album in six years, To Be Loved, is due out Oct. 13. He worked with producer/engineer Jason Lehning (Alison Krauss, Guster, Lyle Lovett) to make the record which he says is a dramatic departure from his three previous recordings.

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Girls, Guns & Glory released its debut CD for the Lonesome Day label, Inverted Valentine, on Sept. 15.
The Alt-Country outfit garnered much acclaim on the New England club scene, earning 2 Boston Phoenix awards, a Boston Music Award and a spot on the Boston Globe’s list of “Top 15 Local Albums of 2007.”

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The Americana cruise returns in 2010. The trip called Caribbean on Cayamo 2010: A Journey Through Song will depart from Miami on Feb. 21, 2010 and make stops in Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico. The five-day journey will include returning artists Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Darrell Scott, Shawn Mullins, Vienna Teng and Katie Herzig, alongside Cayamo newcomers Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Allison Moorer, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, Rachael Yamagata, and plenty more artists that will be announced throughout the year.

New WSM-AM Show Will Be Live From Loveless

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WSM 650-AM will launch a weekly Americana program on Oct. 14 called “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe,” with the debut show featuring icon Emmylou Harris, acclaimed duo Pam Rose and Mary Ann Kennedy, as well as emerging artists Annie Crane and Robin Ainger. With a long history of live broadcasts, WSM will air the show Wednesday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. live from the Loveless Barn.

Artists committed to performing in the opening months include Sam Bush, Radney Foster, John Cowan, Dexter Romweber, Dale Ann Bradley, Peter Bradley Adams, Mike Farris, Scott Miller and Webb Wilder. Each broadcast will feature three to four artists in 30-minute segments, followed by a free-form “Loveless Jam” where all the artists and their bands will be invited to collaborate on the fly.

The show will be produced by Todd Mayo, founder of Music City Media and WSM-AM radio show Bluegrass Underground. “Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe” will be emceed by legendary WSM-650 AM broadcaster Eddie Stubbs, guest hosted by artist Jim Lauderdale, and writer/NPR contributor/String Theory Media owner Craig Havighurst will interview the artists.

Audio of the shows will be streamed live on WSMonline.com, where they will also be archived for streaming on demand. “Music City Roots: Live From the Loveless Cafe” will also be syndicated internationally.

Tickets are $10 or $5 with a student ID. They are available in advance at Grimey’s New and Pre-loved Music (1604 8th Ave. S) or online at www.musiccityroots.com.  Tickets may also be purchased in advance or on-site at the Loveless Barn.

(Pictured L to R):  Eddie Stubbs (WSM-AM broadcaster), Joe Limardi (WSM-AM operations manager), John Walker (WSM-AM general sales manager), Jesse Goldstein(Loveless Cafe), Craig Havinghurst (writer), Todd Mayo (producer of “Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe”), Laurie Dashper (stage manager for “Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe”), Monica Romero (director of marketing for Vietti Chili, a sponsor of “Music City Roots: Live from the Loveless Cafe”) and Chris Kulick (WSM-AM general manager) – photo by Mary Claire Crow

(Pictured L to R): Eddie Stubbs (WSM-AM broadcaster), Joe Limardi (WSM-AM operations manager), John Walker (WSM-AM general sales manager), Jesse Goldstein (Loveless Cafe), Craig Havinghurst (String Theory Media), Todd Mayo (producer “Music City Roots"), Laurie Dashper (stage manager “Music City Roots"), Monica Romero (Dir./Marketing for “Music City Roots" sponsor Vietti Chili) and Chris Kulick (WSM-AM general manager). Photo: Mary Claire Crow

Buddy Miller Wins Big At Americana Awards

(l-r) Buddy Miller & Justin Townes Earle photo credit: Ray Kennedy/The Image Thief

Award winners Buddy Miller (L) and Justin Townes Earle (R) Photo: Ray Kennedy/The Image Thief

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer Buddy Miller won almost every award for which he was nominated at last night’s (9/17) 8th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, held at the Ryman Auditorium. He and his collaborators, including wife Julie Miller, walked away with Artist, Album, Duo/Group of the Year, and Song of the Year. The only thing standing between Miller and a clean sweep was Gurf Morlix winning Instrumentalist of the Year. A detailed account of the Americana Awards is available to paid subscribers in today’s @MusicRow.

The packed performance line-up included John Fogerty, Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel, and Sam Bush celebrating their lifetime achievement awards. John Prine and Nanci Griffith sang a duet in honor of recipient Jim Rooney. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the show also included performers Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Raul Malo, The Flatlanders, Reckless Kelly, and the nominees for New & Emerging Artist of The Year—Band of Heathens, The Belleville Outfit, Sarah Borges and Justin Townes Earle. Earle took home the trophy in that category.

The show ended with an all-star jam around “Dixie Chicken,” a salute to the posthumous President’s Award recipient Lowell George of Little Feat.

The Americana Music Association’s annual festival and conference, featuring panels and approximately 100 performances by legends and the next generation of stars, runs through Saturday at venues throughout Nashville.

(l-r) Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller photo credit: Erika Goldring

(l-r) Emmylou Harris, Justin Townes Earle, Jim Lauderdale, John Fogerty & Buddy Miller. Photo: Erika Goldring

Americana Awards
Album Of The Year: “Written In Chalk,” Buddy & Julie Miller
Artist Of The Year: Buddy Miller
Duo/Group Of The Year: Buddy & Julie Miller
New & Emerging Artist Of The Year: Justin Townes Earle
Instrumentalist Of The Year: Gurf Morlix
Song Of The Year: “Chalk” Written By Julie Miller, Performed By Buddy Miller And Patty Griffin

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Performance: Asleep At The Wheel
Executive: Ken Levitan
Songwriter: John Fogerty
Producer/Engineer: Jim Rooney
Instrumentalist: Sam Bush
President’s Award: Lowell George

Levitan To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Levitan will receive the Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for alevitann Executive at the Americana Music Association’s 8th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, on Thurs., Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

As founder and Co-President of Vector Management, Levitan guides the careers of Americana stalwarts Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Buddy Miller and others. Also signed to his powerhouse roster are Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, Hank Williams Jr., Bon Jovi, B-52s, Ben Folds, Michael McDonald, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trisha Yearwood, Peter Frampton, Trace Adkins, and Dierks Bentley.

Levitan, whose first foray into the music business was as chairman of the Vanderbilt Concert committee, is also a Grammy Award-winning producer for his work on The Apostle soundtrack. Of note, others serving on that same Vandy committee are now current industry leaders Steve Buchanan, Ted Mankin and the namesake of the lifetime achievement award, Jack Emerson.

Slated for Wed., Sept. 16 through Sat., Sept. 19, the 10th Annual Americana Festival and Conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center. The event’s highlight will be the 8th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony, Thurs., Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Rosanne Cash To Keynote At Americana Conf.

rosanne-cashRosanne Cash will be the subject of the Americana Music Association’s Festival and Conference 2009 Keynote Interview. The interview, conducted by author/journalist Michael Streissguth who recently wrote a book about the artist, will take place Thursday, September 17 from 10:45 until noon at the Nashville Convention Center.

Cash has built an acclaimed career over 30 years of inspired music making. The Grammy Award-winner is embracing her roots with The List, a collection of cover songs culled from more than 100 classics she was encouraged to explore by her legendary father, Johnny Cash, when she was 18 years old. A handful of special guests, including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy and Rufus Wainwright join her on the record, which will be released on Manhattan Records October 6.

Interviewer Michael Streissguth’s latest book, Always Been There: Rosanne Cash, The List and the Spirit of Southern Music (DaCapo Press), chronicles the making of The List, providing readers with an intimate look behind the scenes of the album’s creation through in-depth interviews with Cash and husband/producer John Leventhal in the studio, at home and on tour.

The 10th Annual Americana Festival and Conference runs Sept. 16-19 will offer seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center by day, while the evenings bring nearly 100 stacked Americana music showcases to five venues. The capstone is the Honors & Awards Show, Thursday September 17th at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. For details on how to attend visit Americana.org.

Americana Awards Adds Artists

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Justin Townes Earle is up for Artist, New Artist, and Album of the Year at the Americana Awards.

Justin Townes Earle, The Flatlanders, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit are the latest artists to confirm their appearances at this year’s Honors & Awards show. Set for September 17th at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony will toast winners in six member-voted categories and bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on Asleep at the Wheel (Performance), Sam Bush (Instrumentalist), Jim Rooney (Producer/Engineer) and several others.

Earle is nominated for Artist of the Year, Album and New/Emerging Artist. The 40-year friendship between Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock—which unites them as The Flatlanders— earned the trio two 2009 nominations: Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit are Album of the Year nominees.

This year’s event will also bring appearances by the Belleville Outfit, Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Nanci Griffith, Raul Malo, John Prine and many others. Presented by the Gibson Foundation, the Honors & Awards will once again be hosted by Jim Lauderdale along with Buddy Miller and his All-Star band.

More info including tickets and conference registration here.

Americana Festival Announces Showcase Artists

Will Hoge is among the showcase artists set for the Americana Festival in September

Will Hoge is among the showcase artists set for the Americana Festival in September.

The Americana Music Association has confirmed a diverse line-up of artists to perform at the upcoming 2009 Americana Music Festival, such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Will Hoge, J.D. Souther, Marty Stuart, Those Darlins and W.P.A. Showcases will be held Sept. 16-19 at five downtown Nashville venues including: The Mercy Lounge, The Cannery Ballroom, 3rd & Lindsley, The Station Inn and The Basement.

The 2009 Americana Music Festival is part of the 10th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which offers daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center, as well as evening showcases.
 The Americana Honors & Awards Show, a highlight of the event, is set for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Registration for the Festival & Conference is open now. Non-conference attendees may buy showcase wristbands granting admission to all venues on all four evenings of live music. They’re available for $45 via americanamusic.org and Grimey’s New and Preloved Music.

Americana Awards Tickets Now On Sale

americana-logoTickets for the 8th Annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium, went on sale today (7/24). Presented by the Gibson Foundation, the Awards will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale along with Buddy Miller and his all-star band. This year’s show will bring appearances by Asleep at the Wheel, Sam Bush, the Belleville Outfit, Rodney Crowell, The Gourds, Nanci Griffith, Raul Malo, John Prine and many others. It is the capstone event of the 10th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, set for Sept. 16-19 in Nashville.

Individual Awards tickets are $55 via Ticketmaster, the Ryman Box office or here. Conference registration, here, also includes one ticket to the awards show. Conference rates go up after Aug. 31.