RY COODER, BILLY JOE SHAVER, MARTY STUART, BR5-49, and more

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AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION AND THE 
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
PRESENT:  
 
RY COODER, BILLY JOE SHAVER, MARTY STUART, BR5-49 AND MORE
 
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and The Americana Music Association continue their partnership this year, once again presenting stellar events in the Ford Theater and CMA Theater during the 15th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 17-21, 2014.
Americanafest 2014 will feature 175+ showcase performances this year and more than 50 educational workshops and panels making it Nashville’s most comprehensive music education event.   Festival & Conference registrations may be purchased HERE ($365 for Americana Music Association members / $465 for non members) until Wednesday, September 10th.  Rates will increase to $500 per person for walk up admission.
The special Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum events include in-depth interviews with slide guitar/multi-instrumentalist pioneer Ry Cooder and quintessential Southern sage Marty Stuart; a red-letter songwriter session with stories and songs from peerless, hardscrabble poet Billy Joe Shaver; and a concert featuring leaders of Nashville’s ‘90s hardcore honky-tonk resurgence BR5-49Paul BurchGreg GaringR.B. Morris and more.
Dates, times, admission guidelines and additional information are included in the detailed schedule below.
AMERICANAFEST AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
Thursday, September 18                                       1:00 p.m.
Interview: Marty Stuart with Scott Goldman
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ford Theater  
Marty Stuart grew up in Mississippi listening to the local radio station.  He has called WHOC “one thousand watts of pure pleasure.”  For over forty years the five-time GRAMMY-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer and historian has taken the essence of all that he heard—country, gospel, rock, soul—and become a messenger for the true sound of country music. His soon-to-be-released double album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning provides the perfect backdrop for a conversation with GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman about his legendary career and the influence of his Mississippi roots. Presented in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Visit Mississippi.  Free to museum members and AmericanaFest badge-holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Friday, September 19                                             1:00 p.m.
Interview: Ry Cooder with Barry Mazor
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ford Theater  
Extraordinary slide guitarist, producer, composer, and roots music champion Ry Cooder has played a central role in shaping American music for nearly fifty years. He has added prized string textures to the records of everyone from Rodney Crowell to the Rolling Stones, Phil Ochs to Pop Staples, Bobby Bare to Captain Beefheart.  His groundbreaking solo albums of the 1970s introduced flavor after flavor of American and world roots music to pop and rock audiences, while demonstrating that the exploration was allowed to be fun. His soundtracks for such films as The Long Ryders, Streets of Fire, and Paris, Texas; his Grammy-winning production of the historic Buena Vista Social Club sessions; his production of recent records by Mavis Staples and the Haden Triplets; and his own pointed, often political records of this decade, have added to his remarkable legacy. Music journalist and author Barry Mazor will lead Cooder in a one-on-one conversation. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AmericanaFest badge-holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, September 20                                        Noon
Songwriter Session: Billy Joe Shaver
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ford Theater  
Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson—great songwriters all—each have recorded several Billy Joe Shaver songs over the years. That speaks to Shaver’s top-rank standing among Country Music Hall of Fame® artists: His songs pack an emotional punch, all told in a colorful language all of his own. Shaver’s best-known songs -“Georgia on a Fast Train,” “Honky Tonk Heroes,” “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal,” “Live Forever,” “You Asked Me To” – represent the pinnacle of hard-knuckled, open-hearted Texas songwriting. Shaver’s new album, Long in the Tooth, is yet another honky-tonk gem. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AmericanaFest badge-holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.
Saturday, September 20                                        2:00 p.m.
20th Anniversary of Lower Broadway Renaissance
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, CMA Theater
When the Opry moved to the suburbs in 1974, Nashville’s Broadway (commonly known as Lower Broad) began to succumb to the forces of urban decay. But in a July 1995 Billboard cover story, Chet Flippo wrote about a “new scene” that had “developed on its own in Music City.” Encouraged by the 1994 opening of the remodeled Ryman Auditorium, progressive, tradition-based country artists like BR5-49, Paul Burch, Greg Garing, R.B. Morris,and others moved into the honky-tonks of Lower Broad to create that scene, eventually inspiring a downtown renaissance that continues today. Those musicians will perform and share stories of the heady days of 1994 on the twentieth anniversary of the Lower Broad revival. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members and AmericanaFest badge-holders. Limited seating. Program pass required.
These programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.
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The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, will take place September 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., kicked off by the 13th annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on Sept. 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Conference registration are currently $365 for Americana Music Association members / $465 for non members and will be available until Wednesday September 10th.  Rates will increase to $500 per person.
Click HERE to take advantage of the discounted rate.
Described by the New York Times as  “a smaller, rootsier version of South by Southwest,” the Americana Music Festival & Conference features numerous panels, seminars and much more.  By day, the conference covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.  By night, our festival portion will present over 175 battery recharging showcases making the Americana Music Festival & Conference one of the premier events for discovery, education and community.
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