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ACL Presents: Americana Festival Hits a Home Run With Viewers

ACL Americana FestivalNashville, Tennessee - December 6, 2011 - "ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival" hit the right chord with PBS viewers reaching over two million households during its November 19-21 airing, making it the third highest-rated episode this year. In addition, the hour-long special resulted in an impressive 9% Soundscan sales increase for the artists who were featured in the show.

2012 Americana Board of Directors Announced

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association announced nine incoming directors as a result of the annual elections for their Board of Directors. These individuals will each serve a two-year term, from 2012-2013. The results reflect the rising influence and characteristics of the Americana genre itself; Independent, entrepreneurial and progressive. The Americana community has been at the forefront of the industry landscape shift buoyed by constant touring and grassroots fan development. Additionally, the emphasis of promoting the community to a broader audience beyond traditional industry methods has the Americana Music Association poised for more profound breakthroughs, as the genre segues into a new year boasting an Americana Grammy award category and a genre definition in Merriam Webster's dictionary.

AmericanaFest Announced 2012 Dates Following Most Successful Event Ever

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association has chosen September 12-15, 2012 for their annual Festival & Conference, which will take place once again in Nashville, Tennessee. The announcement comes on the heels of the not for profit music association's most successful and critically acclaimed event ever. The Americana Honors & Awards show is, according to the Wall Street Journal, "a night in which singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write came together to acknowledge their debt to great, unfettered American music and renew their pledge to take it forward with honesty and integrity."

Austin City Limits Presents: Americana Festival Nov. 19 on PBS

Avett Brothers at 10th American Music Assoc.Nashville, TN-November 8, 2011-Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars are just a few of the artists appearing on "ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival," sponsored by Nissan and airing starting November 19th on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). Called "the best awards show in the world" by Paste Magazine, the hour long special was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on October 13, 2011 during the sold-out Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards and features special performances from the genres' established and rising stars.

AmericanaFest Gearing up for Citywide Celebration

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Call it a Music City Roots Revival, as The Americana Music Association spreads its musical message throughout Nashville with cool open to the public special events during the 12th annual Festival and Conference presented by Nissan. For conference attendees it's icing on the cake, and for those new to the Americana scene it's the perfect way to dip your toes in the genre's water and discover why Southern Living calls this "..the Best Music Festival in Nashville."

Neil Portnow to Keynote Americana Festival and Conference

Neil PortnowNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is pleased to announce the first group of industry participants for the 12th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, October 12-15, in Nashville, Tennessee. Focusing on all facets of the evolving business of music - from high tech to grassroots - attendees will get a chance to listen, learn and engage with trend-setters and trailblazers.

Lifetime Achievement Recipients to be Honored at 10th Americana Honors and Awards Show

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association will honor the jaw dropping accomplishments of Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall, and Bob Harris by presenting them with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Association's Honors & Awards show Thursday, October 13, 2011, at Nashville's historically cool Ryman Auditorium.

Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show to be Televised

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium will be broadcast live Thursday October 13th on Nashville Public Television (NPT Channel 8) to the Middle Tennessee viewing area. Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars and many more.

Look It Up - 'Americana Music' Now in Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Merriam-WebsterNashville, TN -- Merriam-Webster announced today, as reported by the Associated Press, the inclusion of the musical definition of the word Americana to its Collegiate Dictionary. Americana joins Tweet, m-commerce and around 100 other words whose use is now widely recognized enough to be a part of today's lexicon. According to the dictionary's editors Americana's third definition is "a genre of American music having roots in early folk and country music".

Artists Announced for 2011 AMA Festival Showcases

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Americana music's best and brightest will take over Nashville's coolest venues for the association's October 12-15, 2011, evening festival. More than 100 of the genres' trailblazers and rising stars will perform in the talent packed showcases that draw music lovers from all over the world. Among the first round of artists announced are: Gurf Morlix, Foster & Lloyd, JD Souther, Will Hoge, Elizabeth Cook, Marty Stuart and Marshall Chapman. They'll be joined by buzz-worthy up and coming acts The Civil Wars, Amy LaVere, The Farewell Drifters, Catherine Britt and The David Mayfield Parade along with others listed below.

Americana Honors and Awards Returns to the Ryman Oct 13

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- Americana Music Association's annual Honors & Awards program returns to the Ryman Oct. 13. Among the artists slated to appear are: Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Gregg Allman, Hayes Carll, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Secret Sisters & more. Tickets go on sale today, Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. and are available by clicking here.

Lovett, Malo, Jarosz, Earle and More to Perform at SummerTyne Americana

SummerTyne Americana Festival 2011Nashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association is proud to announce a new collaboration with The Sage Gateshead. As the leading U.S. Trade organization for the Americana music genre, the AMA has signed on as a sponsor for the 2011 SummerTyne Americana Festival, July 22-24, an annual event produced by The Sage Gateshead, with the goal of helping the organization gain a greater understanding about Americana music. The AMA will continue to produce the Americana Music Festival and conference, presented by Nissan, and its Honors & Awards program in Nashville, Tennessee this fall.

Artistry To Shine at 12th Americana Music Festivial and Conference

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 12th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan will celebrate the genre's ever-growing recognition and acclaim October 12 - 15, 2011 in Nashville, TN. In an explosion of talent, iconic artists will take the stage alongside the scene's hippest up-and-comers for four days and nights of praiseworthy performances and surprise guest appearances.


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