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AmericanaFest 2022: Wrap-Up and 10 Additional Reports from the Music City Nashville Reporting Team

by Rich and Laura Lynch

"The coolest music scene today," declares The New York Times when describing AMERICANAFEST. This five-day music conference and festival featured award-winning artists, mainstays and newcomers at its Nashville, Tennessee showcase. The event which also includes industry panels took place September 13-17, 2022. Your team at MCN was on the scene and here are the 10 reports we were able to compile from the wide variety of choices we had to check-out!


2022 AmericanaFest Coverage

Under The Sun at the Westin Lives Up to Its Bright Promise and Advance Billing at AmericanaFest

Saturday Night Showcasing at AmericanaFest with David Starr and Fanny Lumsden at the City Winery

East Nashville Hosts a Pair a Groovy Gigs for AmericanaFest

Dan Auerbach's First Annual Fish Fry Sizzles with the Best AmericanaFest Has to Offer in East Nashville

Two Very Different American Dreams Come True at AmericanaFest

AmericanaFest Undergoes a Significant Revival with Asleep At The Wheel in East Nashville

The Heavy Heavy Make a Weighty American Debut at AmericanaFest in Nashville

William Prince Is a Royal Presence at AmericanaFest

Gibson Garage Opens Doors for Transatlantic Unplugged Showcase at AmericanaFest

AmericanaFest Gets Off to a Big Start with Kingfish at BMI Rooftop Opening Night Party

"Whether you're looking to rock out at a dive bar with a beer in hand or immerse yourself in an intimate singer-songwriter moment over a glass of wine, AMERICANAFEST has something for anyone who's passionate about music."

AMERICANAFEST was spread out at numerous prestigious venues in Nashville. Their daily and nightly concerts starred an array of talented artists. In addition to tons of live music the festival had special events underscoring the culture of Music City along with comprehensive industry panels. Their Americana Honors & Awards show at the historic Ryman Auditorium celebrated the legends while welcoming the next generation of trailblazers. The night included one-of-a-kind performance pairings and is considered one of the high points of the festival.

Themed affairs hosted by labels and publishing houses were also part of the festivities. Countries and states were well represented at showcases with inviting titles such as "The Aussie BBQ", "Canada House" and "The Arkansas Extravaganza and Explorer Day" which took place at two spots on separate days. The state of Texas also held a number of parties as part of AMERICANAFEST. "Queer Roots" convened at The Groove to feature artists from the LBGT community and labels had events to introduce some of the fine folks on their rosters.

Furthermore, un-official gatherings took place too. The Gibson Garage on 10th Avenue and other venues had live music during AMERICANAFEST week. Easy Eye Sound, Spotify & Luck Presents hosted the "First Annual East Nashville Community Fish Fry" that showcased rising stars like Nikki Lane and well-known stars such as Hank Williams Jr. and The Black Keys. Like many of the AMERICANAFEST happenings this one had free food and water (Liquid Death).

AMERICANAFEST attracts folks from around the world. At the BMI opening night party we met music lovers from Canada. Over the week, we encountered plenty of people from different states in town for this expansive and extensive music festival. Networking and chatting with people with different perspectives was fun and informative. Plus, there were so many new artists to discover along with legends like Lyle Lovett who was in East Nashville on Thursday.

AMERICANAFEST was organized by The Americana Music Association who works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers, etc. to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the genre to achieve success both creatively and financially. In addition to hosting AMERICANAFEST they publish a weekly Americana Airplay Chart, conduct research, participate in other industry events, produce a newsletter and more.

AMERICANAFEST has become a must attend event for industry professionals, locals, music lovers and tourists so be on the lookout for AMERICANAFEST 2023 and make your plans early to attend this eclectic, educational and entertaining event in a city that reflects all of those traits and more!

Related Links: For more information on AMERICANFEST and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - AmericanaFest


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