Americana Music Festival & Conference September 12-15 in Nashville 
Early List of Performing Artists Include: Billy Joe Shaver, Punch Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Sara Watkins,
The Deep Dark Woods, Shovels & Rope, John Hiatt, Eilen Jewell, Rodney Crowell, honeyhoney and John Fullbright
(Nashville, Tenn.) June 29, 2012 Americana heavyweights, innovators, icons and up and comers will showcase in Nashville venues during the 13th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 12 through September 15. Highlights in this first round of announcements include: Billy Joe Shaver, Punch Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Richard Thompson, Sara Watkins, The Deep Dark Woods, Shovels & Rope, John Hiatt, Eilen Jewell, Rodney Crowell, honeyhoney, and John Fullbright.  (For a list of artists confirmed as of today see below). Additional artists and surprising new events for the festival will be announced in the near future.

Additionally, the conference will kickoff at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel on Wednesday September 12 with a series of panels and workshops and the Keynote Interview with Bonnie Raitt. The conference is designed to educate, discuss, advance and inspire everyone interested in the genre from industry professionals to artists to newcomers.
Live music will take center stage opening night with the 11th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  This year’s program, described by Paste Magazine as “the best awards show in the world,” will honor Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones, Richard Thompson and many more.
Each evening from September 12-15, the Americana Music Association produces the festival portion of the event, which brings more than 100 acts to clubs throughout Music City. The festival is open to conference registrants, who get priority admission, and to the general public. Last year more than 12,000 fans enjoyed the festival’s musical events.
Showcase artists confirmed to perform as of June 29:
American Aquarium – Amy Helm – Andrew Combs  - Angel Snow - Anthony da Costa – Bearfoot – Belle Starr  - Bill Kirchen – Billy Joe Shaver – Black Lillies – Blue Highway – Blue Mountain – BoDeans – Brandi Carlile – Brennen Leigh – Buddy Miller – Buxton – Caitlin Harnett – Chastity Brown – Corb Lund – Cory Branan – Darrell Scott – The Deep Dark Woods – Della Mae – Derek Hoke – The Dunwells – Eilen Jewell – Felicity Urquhart – Fort Frances – Gretchen Peters – Holy Ghost Tent Revival – honeyhoney – Humming House -  Immigrant Union – Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Jill Andrews – Jim Lauderdale – Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition – John Fullbright – John Hiatt – Jordie Lane – Julie Lee – Kasey Anderson and the Honkies – Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Kevin Gordon – Lera Lynn – Lydia Loveless – Mandolin Orange – Mary Gauthier – The Mastersons – Max Gomez – McCrary Sisters – Mindy Smith – Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers – Phoebe Hunt – Punch Brothers – Reckless Kelly – Richard Thompson – Robert Ellis – Rodney Crowell – Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Sara Watkins – Shovels & Rope – Sons of Bill – Sons of Fathers – Star and Micey – Starr Anna – Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Forbert – Teresa Williams and Larry Campbell - Tift Merritt – Turnpike Troubadours – Two Gallants – Wheeler Brothers – Whitehorse – The Wood Brothers – The World Famous Headliners
Music industry professionals and those interested in the business of great music can purchase  Festival and Conference Registrations at the reduced rate of $350 for Americana Music Association members and $450 for non-members. Registrants receive entrance to all sanctioned daytime conference music, panels and parties, plus priority access to all evening showcase performances.  The registration also includes a ticket to the critically acclaimed 11th annual Americana Honors & Awards Wednesday, September 12 at the Ryman Auditorium.  Individual tickets to the Honors & Awards show are only available with a full Festival & Conference registration at this time. Festival wristbands are available online at

About the Americana Music Association -
The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to promote awareness, provide a forum, and advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, which will take place September 12-15, 2012 in Nashville, TN.  Americana Music Festival and Conference  Early Bird Registrations rates are available through the store at
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