The Americana Music Association kicked off their annual festivities on Wednesday with an awards ceremony at the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
The night featured performances from Robert Hunter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. John, John Fullbright, Shovels & Rope and many more. Richard Furay and Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield were on the bill as well and performed the classic “For What It’s Worth.”
In the same manner, Holly Williams paid tribute to a name that still resonates today, her grandfather the great Hank Williams Sr.
Along with the performances, Jim Luaderdale led an all-star band for the evening that was composed of Buddy Miller, Don Was, Larry Campbell, Marco Giovino and John Deaderick.
Awards intersected into six categories along with lifetime achievement awards and a nomination list that ranged from artists such as Dwight Yoakam to The Lumineers.
After the awards, artist showcases ignited in several venues that will continue throughout the weekend and play home to the most expansive lineup the festival has seen to date.
Names like Delbert McClinton, Lucinda Williams, Roseanne Cash and Darrel Scott are some of the more familiar ones on the artist lineup, but don’t be fooled by many of the new musicians and some of the rising talent on the roster. There is a great deal of music to spread with more than 130 acts, giving something for every fan.
With many great names on the lineup, below are a few The Murfreesboro Post is excited to see.
Releasing their debut album, “From the Hills Below the City,” earlier this year, Houndmouth has performed at several music festivals this summer and will perform Saturday at Mercy Lounge.
The London-based group will perform at The Basement at 10 p.m. Friday. Their song “Things Will Change” has drawn much attention this year, and their performance should be met with a warm welcome to the Nashville crowd.
Nashville’s Fritz dropped Dad Country this spring and joined ATO Records to make for an exciting 2013. His live show is always one not to miss and this will be the case Friday at Mercy Lounge.
At first sight, one might think they stepped back in time when hearing his traditional mix of rockabilly and rhythm and blues. But, the Oklahoma native has made a name for himself with tracks like “North Side Gal” and “Scratching Circles.”
The Stray Birds
Their self-titled album was a hit and found its way on many “best of” lists last year. Harmonious and true American folk, The Stay Birds are a nice addition to this year’s lineup. They are scheduled to perform Friday at Station Inn.
Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue
Possibly one of the finest voices Music City has to offer, Mike Farris is no stranger to the Americana Music awards, as he won the award for New and Emerging Artist of the Year in 2008. He will bring his gospel-tinged soul to 3rd & Lindsley on Saturday.
The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens went though a lineup change this previous year, but released “Sunday
Morning Record” this week. With a sound that’s reflective of the east Texas and the deep banks of the Mississippi region, The Band of Heathens of worth catching the next they are in town.
The Oklahoma native is up for an award this year and will perform Thursday at Cannery Ballroom. Expect a great night of storytelling and ballads from a songwriter that will be around for years to come.
North Mississippi Allstars
Brothers Luther and Cody Dickisnon have kept the Mississippi tradition of the hill country alive for years now. On their latest release, “World Boogie is Coming, “the group enlisted some of the top players from the area and Robert Plant. They always pack a party; so get ready for one to remember on Thursday at Cannery Ballroom.
Spirit Family Reunion
New York City will meet Nashville when Spirit Family Reunion hits the stage Thursday at The High Watt. It’s old time music in a new form and will make you remember why you admire the timeless sound in the first place.
Wristbands are still available for $50 and give attendees access to all venues, while single venue admission tickets are $20 each.
For more information, visit www.americanamusic.org.