Well folks right after one festival comes another I will be going to some of the shows for and that festival is called Americana Fest which will occur all over Nashville at more venues than I can name. But if you click on that link it will explain most of how the festival works.
On September 16th Nissan will present the 14th Annual Honors And Awards Ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tn. Each artist will perform and the show will be taped an aired on PBS during a fundraiser for the channel.
I wanted to touch on Ricky Skaggs mainly because I’ll be covering his set at Muddy Roots 2015 next month. I don’t really want to “cross mention” music entities but I am going to briefly with respect to them all. Muddy Roots WILL be at Americana Fest this year so I thought it would be alright to do this. If you want instrumental fury within Bluegrass you WANT Kentucky Thunder! His band just absolutely RULES and in 1997 his album Bluegrass Rules! absolutely broke ground for a future of trailblazing Bluegrass Music the likes of which we have never seen.
Ricky Skaggs has been an outstanding Opry member along with his wife Sharon White for many years and they are two reasons I go to the Opry still. He always has an outstanding stellar band behind him and that mandolin and since his days with Keith Whitley he has been doing great Bluegrass music.
Ricky Skaggs will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Instrumentalist.
Los Lobos will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Performance
Buffy Saint Marie will receive the Spirit Of Americana Award
Don Henley will receive the Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting.
Now folks mind you you cannot attend the awards ceremony with the 50 dollar armband. You MUST BUY the platinum package for the festival and they run this festival like Tin Pan South. There will be shows at multiple venues all over town. I plan to catch a few artists I have never featured before on this website. 2015 has been a good year for me….SEE YOU THERE!