Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Buddy Miller, the Mavericks, JD Souther, Jackie Greene, Amy Helm and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats are among the latest artists added to this year’s AmericanaFest, which takes place Sept. 15-20 in Nashville. Cooder will perform as part of a trio with Skaggs and Sharon White.
They join more than 150 acts scheduled to perform as part of the Americana Music Association’s 16th-annual festival and conference. American Aquarium, Amy Lavere, David Wax Museum, Donnie Fritts & John Paul White, Doug Seegers, Eilen Jewell, Jim Lauderdale, the Legendary Shack Shakers, Lindi Ortega, Sam Outlaw and the Steep Canyon Rangers are also among the artists that have been added to the bill.
“This year’s showcase lineup blows me away,” said Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “Discovery: that’s what is so special about music and I think we do that part well. You can walk into any of our venues—knowing who is playing doesn’t matter—and you will see something that will knock your socks off.”
Previously announced acts include Los Lobos, Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Dom Flemons, James McMurtry, Lera Lynn, Lydia Loveless, Mary Gauthier and Nikki Lane. See the complete list of performers here.
The festival also includes the Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 16. Rhiannon Giddens, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lucinda Williams and Lee Ann Womack are nominated for artist of the year, one of six categories, along with album of the year, duo/group of the year, emerging artists of the year, instrumentalist of the year and song of the year.
by Eric R. Danton, June 19, 2015