A benefit concert for the Americana Music AssociationÂ® at Music Hall Of Williamsburg onÂ Wednesday, May 9Â will feature some of this generationâ€™s greatest talents paying homage to the pioneering women in songwriting history, including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Bessie Smith, Carole King, Mahalia Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and many more.
Appearing to cover some of these legends areÂ Amy Helm,Â The Barr Brothers,Â Cassandra Jenkins, Courtney Marie Andrews,Â Craig FinnÂ fromÂ The Hold Steady,Â Deva Mahal,Â Elizabeth & The Catapult,Â Jade Bird,Â Kam FranklinÂ fromÂ The Suffers,Â Kanene Pipkin from The Lone Bellow, Lola Kirke,Â Nicki Bluhm, andÂ Vera Sola, with others to be announced. The show is being produced by Jesse Lauter (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Hannah Gold (City Winery) and Drew Thurlow (Sony Masterworks, SVP of A&R), with music direction from Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National). Master of Ceremonies for the evening will beÂ Lola KirkeÂ from Amazon’sÂ Mozart in the Jungle.
This yearâ€™s event is made possible in part by the support ofÂ Change The Conversation, a community coalition fighting gender inequality in the music industry.
All proceeds willÂ benefit the Americana Music AssociationÂ®, a not-for-profit music trade organization.
Since 1999, the mission of the Americana Music AssociationÂ® has been to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. In recent years, the Association has been a galvanizing force garnering recognition from the Recording Academy (Best Americana Album Award), Billboardâ€™s Americana/Folk Album Chart and the inclusion of the musical term,Â AmerÂ·iÂ·caÂ·na, to Merriam-Websterâ€™s Collegiate Dictionary.
Tickets for the tribute show will be made available for purchase by members of the Americana Music AssociationÂ® during an exclusive pre-sale onÂ Thursday, April 5Â beginning atÂ 8AMÂ CDT. Tickets will go on sale to the general public onÂ Friday, April 6Â starting atÂ 8AM CDTÂ and can be purchasedÂ here.
The Americana Music AssociationÂ® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFESTÂ®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music AssociationÂ® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, RAM, Mountain Valley Water, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.
The 19th annual AMERICANAFESTÂ®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take placeÂ September 11-16, 2018. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For information on how to purchase a conference registration, please visitÂ www.americanamusic.org.
About Change the Conversation:
Change the Conversation, an organization founded in 2014 by music executives Leslie Fram, Tracy Gershon and Beverly Keel, fights gender inequality in the music business by providing support, education, and a community for female artists and music professionals. For more information, visitÂ www.changetheconversation.net.