AmericanaFest is one of the biggest annual gathering of the tribes on the roots music calendar, and the crown jewel is the Americana Awards on the Wednesday of the festival week. This year Saving Country Music showed up early to take in the rehearsal for the festivities taking place at the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium. The awards will be streamed online by NPR, and Saving Country Music will also conduct a LIVE Blog from the premises.
In the interim, you can wet your whistle with some photos and observations from rehearsals and the majestic Ryman.
Dave Cobb officially joins Buddy Miller’s All-Star house band for 2016.
The unflappable Buddy Miller, leader of the Americana house band.
You may have heard Margo Price, but have you heard Margo Price with Dave Cobb and a backing chorus? You’ll get your chance during the 2016 Americana Music Awards.
When Buddy Miller speaks, you listen.
The Ryman Auditorium’s Stained Glass
Mr. Americana Jim Lauderdale, Margo Price, and Dave Cobb pose for a picture.
Billy Bragg representing the European influence of Americana.
Americana headliners The Lumineers.
Portrait of the Country Music Mother Church hanging in the hallway.
Lucinda Williams sound checking.
Some of the minute details are what make the Ryman so magical.
John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Jim Lauderdale and the Americana All-Star Band.
Steve Earle and Buddy Miller. Dave Cobb wearing a James Brown T-Shirt in the background.
The CMA’s and ACM’s use waterfalls and pyrotechnics for their stage presentations. AmericanaFest uses recycled pallets.
The afternoon light pouring through the upper balcony doors.