Music industry conference highlights includeÂ k.d. langÂ keynote interview, conversations withÂ Brandi Carlile,Â Mary Gauthier,Â Emmylou HarrisandÂ Margo Price,Â Ken BurnsÂ documentary preview withÂ Dayton DuncanÂ and more
The Americana Music AssociationÂ® has revealed its first-rate lineup for the 19th annual AMERICANAFESTÂ® conference, headquartered at The Westin Nashville. This yearâ€™s programming highlights include a keynote byÂ k.d. lang; a conversation withÂ Emmylou HarrisÂ andÂ Margo Price; a preview screening ofÂ Ken Burnsâ€™Â upcoming â€œCountry Musicâ€ documentary with co-producerÂ Dayton DuncanÂ and more.
The seminal music industry forum will feature almost 60 panels and workshops throughout the week ofÂ Sept. 11-16, bringing together more than 200 professionals from the top tier of the music business to discuss and engage in current topics and issues in front of Conference Registrants. Exact dates and times will be made availableÂ hereÂ and on the AMERICANAFESTÂ® mobile app onÂ September 1.
lang will commence this yearâ€™s programming with an unforgettable keynote as she is interviewed by NPR Music criticÂ Ann Powers. The 2018 Americana Trailblazer honoree will deliver words of wisdom on forging her own path in the industry while always living beyond any musical borders.
Harris and Price will exchange inspirations, aspirations, songwriting stories and more as part of MOJO Magazineâ€™s first-ever Nashville event at Jack Whiteâ€™s Third Man Records, moderated by music criticÂ Bob Mehr.
Duncan, writer and lead producer of Burns’ upcoming eight-episode PBS series â€œCountry Music,â€ will discuss the documentary project which traces the country music landscape over the years. He will be showing a few clips from the work-in-progress and the sneak peek will be followed by a brief Q&A.
Heavyweights from the Americana music community will be sharing insight on projects that have made seismic waves in the industry.Â Brandi CarlileÂ and ubiquitous music producerÂ Dave Cobbwill sit down with The GRAMMYÂ® Museumâ€™sÂ Scott GoldmanÂ to deconstruct her chart-topping, Americana award-nominated album â€œBy The Way, I Forgive Youâ€ at Nashvilleâ€™s historic RCA Studio A. The discussion will be followed by an emotive performance by Carlile.
Additional 2018 conference highlights include an intimate conversation withÂ Mary GauthierÂ as she delves into her Americana Album of the Year-nominated record, â€œRifles & Rosary Beads.â€ Gauthier will be joined byÂ Randy LewisÂ from The L.A. Times for a discussion on the creative process behind a powerful, cathartic body of work composed of U.S. war veteran stories and their truths.
This yearâ€™s AMERICANAFESTÂ® conference will also go further than the music, elaborating on the enduring cultural impact of artists as a result of their groundbreaking contributions. Music criticÂ Jewly HightÂ has curated a panel to spotlight African-American innovators who have been instrumental in the melding of gospel, blues and R&B sounds that now fall under the Americana music umbrella. She will be moderating â€œMinds in Motionâ€ alongside panelistsÂ Kam FranklinÂ ofÂ The Suffers,Â Jason EskridgeÂ andÂ The War & Treatyâ€™s Michael Trotter, Jr.Â andÂ Tanya Trotter.
A timely panel revolving around Woody Guthrieâ€™s â€œDeportees (Plane Crash at Los Gatos)â€ unites speakers likeÂ Radney Foster,Â Alejandro EscovedoÂ andÂ Will HogeÂ as they unearth concepts about the song and possible parallels experienced by immigrants in modern society.
Dom FlemonsÂ will lead an in-depth discussion on the various generations of African American roots music and how its unique elements have shaped the last century. He will be joined byÂ Guy Davis,Â Barry MazorÂ (The Wall Street Journal),Â Steven LewisÂ (The National Museum of African American Music) and more.
Music historians will be thrilled to attend sessions that commemorate pivotal moments in the evolution of the country music scene and what is considered contemporary American roots music. The â€œCalifornia Country Music and the Legacy of the Palomino Clubâ€ panel will round upÂ Jim LauderdaleÂ and BMGâ€™sÂ Scott B. Bomar, among others, for a deep dive into the legacy of the iconic West Coast music venue as it nears its 70th anniversary.
AMERICANAFESTÂ® will once again provide CLE (continuing legal education) panels geared toward attorneys with an emphasis on entertainment law. â€œThe Blurred Line of Creativityâ€ will break down the infamous â€œBlurred Linesâ€ case involving the ruled copyright infringement of Marvin Gayeâ€™s â€œGot to Give It Upâ€ against the Robin Thicke radio hit. The ongoing CLE program will provide credit for practicing attorneys and is sponsored by Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC.
Radio-focused panels round out the many facets of the music industry covered during these workshops, expanding on conversations relating to the future of the medium and the Americana radio format. This programming will also offer a behind-the-scenes look into the new Americana singles and albums charts, powered by CDX.
Conference Registrations are currently on-sale at the standard rate of $449 with a discounted rate of $349 for Americana Music AssociationÂ® members. These passes can be purchasedÂ hereand offer admission into all daytime educational panels, showcase venues and sanctioned special events. Registrants also have the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per registration to the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards onÂ Wednesday, Sept. 12Â at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For more details on ticketing, clickÂ here.
For more information and to purchase an AMERICANAFESTÂ® pass, visitÂ www.americanamusic.org.