The 13th Americana Music Festival is scheduled to jumpstart next week across five venues in Nashville with more than 100 performers.
Taking place Sept. 12-15, there are many acts to catch this year, as the Americana brand seems to gain notoriety year after year.
Coinciding with the festival is the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, which will kick things off before the festival begins Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Returning this year as host is Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller will again lead the All Star Band.
Nominees for awards range from the likes of Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch, Hayes Carll, and Steve Earle all the way to newcomers like the Alabama Shakes and Dawes.
The awards portion is always packed with performances and this year is no exception as Booker T. Jones and Richard Thompson will perform. On the same note, legendary blues woman, Bonnie Raitt, is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance on this occasion.
One of the groups who are excited about this year’s festival is Raleigh, N.C. based band, American Aquarium.
This year will mark their second AMA appearance and they realize the importance of festivals for bands of their caliber.
“It’s always special because you never know who is going to be there. It’s great to be associated with some of the talent and it’s almost more of a family,” BJ Barham said.
“You can take your music and give it to someone who may have never heard you and you have 30 minutes to impress,” Barham added.
The group just released their latest album, “Burn.Flicker.Die,” last week, and it employs production work from another torchbearer of the genre, Jason Isbell.
“It was amazing. The opportunity to work with a friend and someone I’ve followed.
It was a real honor,” Barham said about working with Isbell.
Debuting at No. 14 on iTunes, the record parallels the group’s time as a band, long days on the tour and everything else that comes with the ride.
“This is the first record where we’ve cut songs. For me, I stand by every one and am equally proud of how they all came out,” Barham said.
“Fans are going to dig this record a lot,” he continued. “It’s the best thing sonically that we have done We’re past the point where we’re a bar band and make records for our friends Luckily our friends have been super patient with us.”
American Aquarium is scheduled to perform at The Basement on Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m.