The Americana Music Association today announced the first round of artists who will perform Americana Showcases at the 2012 Americana Music Festival and Conference, being held September 12-15 in venues throughout Nashville.
As always, this year’s batch of Showcase performers runs the entire span of Americana, from legends to up and comers, from Alt-Country rockers to Newgrass innovators and everything in between.
At the top of the list of well over 50 artists announced as Showcase performers is possible the most star-studded list of Americana superstars ever assembled for an Americana Music Festival. Americana ambassador and festival favorite Jim Lauderdale will return for his usual showcase performance, trying to top last year’s history making set with Buddy Miller. Americana Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and British Folk Rock pioneer Richard Thompson will perform, as will songwriting legend John Hiatt, Chris Thile’s hitmaking genre smashers The Punch Brothers, Furthur band members Teresa Williams and Larry Campbell, recent Band of Joy alum Darrell Scott, and Americana’s favorite outlaw Billy Joe Shavers.
The ladies are also well represented among this year’s crop of Americana Showcase performers. Included among the ladies performing at Americanafest are The Everybodyfields vocalist and fast rising solo artist Jill Andrews, award magnet Mary Gauthier, former Nickel Creek vocalist and Prairie Home Companion regular Sara Watkins, hitmaker Brandi Carlile, fan favorite Lera Lynn, and Gospel vocal sensations The McCrary Sisters.
If you want to see the future of the genre today, these Americana artists on the rise have you covered there as well. Heading up the impressive list of youngsters is Deep Dark Woods, the Canadian group who came out of nowhere at Americanafest 2011 to put on one of the most talked about performances of the year. Other representatives of Americana’s youth movement to look out for during the showcases include Shovels and Rope, recent Steve Martin backing group The Steep Canyon Rangers, Two Gallants, Wood Brothers, Corb Lund, and The Black Lillies.
Here is the full list of artists performing Showcases at the 2012 Americana Music Festival:
American Aquarium – Amy Helm – Andrew Combs – Angel Snow – Anthony da Costa – Bearfoot – Belle Starr – Bill Kirchen – Billy Joe Shaver – Black Lillies – Blue Highway – Blue Mountain – BoDeans – Brandi Carlile – Brennen Leigh – Buddy Miller – Buxton – Caitlin Harnett – Chastity Brown – Corb Lund – Cory Branan – Darrell Scott – The Deep Dark Woods – Della Mae – Derek Hoke – The Dunwells – Eilen Jewell – Felicity Urquhart – Fort Frances – Gretchen Peters – Holy Ghost Tent Revival – honeyhoney – Humming House – Immigrant Union – Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Jill Andrews – Jim Lauderdale – Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition – John Fullbright – John Hiatt – Jordie Lane – Julie Lee – Kasey Anderson and the Honkies – Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Kevin Gordon – Lera Lynn – Lydia Loveless – Mandolin Orange – Mary Gauthier – The Mastersons – Max Gomez – McCrary Sisters – Mindy Smith – Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers – Phoebe Hunt – Punch Brothers – Reckless Kelly – Richard Thompson – Robert Ellis – Rodney Crowell – Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Sara Watkins – Shovels & Rope – Sons of Bill – Sons of Fathers – Star and Micey – Starr Anna – Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Forbert – Teresa Williams and Larry Campbell – Tift Merritt – Turnpike Troubadours – Two Gallants – Wheeler Brothers – Whitehorse – The Wood Brothers – The World Famous Headliners
The 2012 Americana Music Festival and Conference will be held September 12-15 in Nashville. The Conference will be held at the Nashville Sheraton Downtown while the Americana Showcase performances will be held in clubs throughout Nashville. Tickets can be purchased from the Americana Music Association website.