AmericanaFest Announces Initial 68-Band Lineup for 2016


One of the most fastest-growing and well-regarded offshoots and alternatives of country music holds its annual gathering of the tribes each September in Nashville, and this year promises to be another rousing shindig after the names of the first 68 performers have been released to the public. Eventually the festival and conference will swell to around 180 participants, and events and showcases will spread throughout Nashville’s downtown corridor as folks come from around the country to take in the sights and sounds of Americana.

Headlining this year’s event are The Lumineers, who will play Nashville’s premier outdoor venue, the Ascend Amphitheater on September 20th and 22nd. Other high-profile names include Americana Godfather Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Will Hoge, and Wynonna and the Big Noise, illustrating how Americana creates a soft landing place for artists sometimes unceremoniously let go from the mainstream. There will be plenty of fresh blood as well, with artists like BJ Barham of American Aquarium, Brent Cobb, and The Cactus Blossoms performing. A few artists from the Texas scene will also make appearances, like William Clark Green, and Green River Ordinance.

The anchor of the event is the Americana Honors and Awards held on September 21st at the Ryman Auditorium. The nominees for the 17th Annual awards will be announced on May 11th.

AmericanaFest will be held between September 20th and 25th. Festival wristbands are $60 and can be purchased here.

Initial AmericanaFest Lineup:

Amy Helm
Aubrie Sellers
Bart Crow
BJ Barham of American Aquarium
Brent Cobb
Brian Whelan
Brian Wright
Buddy Miller
Cedric Burnside Project
Charlie Parr
Ciaran Lavery
David Ramirez
Dead Horses
Derik Hultquist
Dietrich Strause
Dylan LeBlanc
Front Country
Grant-Lee Phillips
Green River Ordinance
Hollis Brown
Indigo Girls
Infamous Stringdusters
Jay Nash
Jesse Malin
Joe Purdy
John Paul White
Larkin Poe
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Lee Ann Womack
Lori McKenna
Luke Bell
Lydia Loveless
Marlon Williams
Mindy Smith
Moonsville Collective
Parker Millsap
Penny & Sparrow
Peter Bruntnell
Phil Cody
Quiet Life
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Ruby Amanfu
Ruby Boots
Ruston Kelly
Ryan Beaver
Sammy Brue
Sara Watkins
Sarah Potenza
Shawn Mullins
Sons of Bill
Sunny Sweeney
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
The Americans
The Ballroom Thieves
The Black Lillies
The Bottle Rockets
The Cactus Blossoms
The Handsome Family
The Last Bandoleros
The Pines
Will Hoge
William Clark Green
Wynonna and the Big Noise

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