My beloved Nashville friends it is that time of the year again, that I take some time off my busy schedule to bring you my yearly article for Americanafest! The biggest concern I have right now is the state  Nashville is in. True, this lineup will prove to be another great one, but there are a few venues that closed and other concerns.

The wait is over. We’re excited to bring you our first round of official showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN. Check out a list of our first round of 89 performers here.

Make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here by Thursday in order to catch these amazing acts this fall for only $125*. On Friday the rate will go up to $175.

Keep your eyes peeled for more showcases to be added to this already stacked lineup later this summer. And, on top of hundreds of official showcases, our 22nd annual event will feature many special events hosted by friends in our community.

How can I attend these showcases? With a Festival Pass, you can experience four full nights of music in over a dozen showcasing venues in Music City, including seated listening rooms, intimate dive bars, legendary rock rooms and more. You in?

Let’s party, friends! Come celebrate our incredible Americana music community during AMERICANAFEST, our annual music festival and conference, taking place Sept. 13-17, 2022 in Nashville, TN. Buy your pass here

For over 20 years now, our community has gathered in Music City for music discovery, industry insight, quality hangs and unforgettable times in multiple premier venues.

Find out which pass is right for you.

  • $349* // Conference + Festival Pass: For those wanting the full AMERICANAFEST experience, including access to panels, showcases and all special events.
  • $125* // Festival Pass: For those who are just interested in music discovery, including access to all nighttime showcases and select special events.


What to expect:
Our full schedule will be available later this summer. For now, here’s a little breakdown of this year’s AMERICANAFEST over five days, Sept. 13-17, in Music City.

  • Wednesday – Friday: Learn from top music industry pros and artists as they talk about today’s important topics and issues during many panels at The Westin Nashville, the home of our daytime conference.
  • Wednesday – Saturday: Experience the joy of live music discovery at one of the hundreds of nighttime showcases at many premier venues in Nashville, TN.
  • Tuesday – Saturday: Check out incredible special events that highlight our community throughout the whole week. These hangs are hosted by our friends and supporters.


We’ll also be celebrating Americana music’s finest during the Americana Honors & Awards on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets for the ceremony are separate and will be on sale at a later date.

Want to hang with us? Don’t wait! The earlier you buy your pass, the more you’ll save.

Check Out Our Third Round of Showcasing Acts
Buy Your Festival PassWe’re proud to announce 49 Winchester, Adia Victoria, Angel Olsen, Fireside Collective, Lori McKenna, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Seth James, Willi Carlisle and more!

Are you ready for our second round of incredible showcasing acts? We’re bringing you 58 additional showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

Check out the the next wave of showcase performers below you won’t want to miss. Oh, and make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here so you can join our party in the fall.

Second round of Artists + Bands Showcasing at AMERICANAFEST 2022:

Abby Hamilton
Abraham Alexander
Alex Williams
Ashley Ray
Autumn Nicholas
Bandits on the Run
Ben Chapman
Chuck Mead
Colin Lillie
Dan Bettridge
Early James
Fanny Lumsden
Ferris & Sylvester
Gabe Lee
Garrison Starr
Hannah Juanita
Hayes Carll
Jaime Wyatt
Lady Nade
Larry McCray
Lauren Housley
Leah Blevins
Leyla McCalla
Lilli Lewis
Lisa Morales
Madeline Edwards
Margo Cilker
Mark Wilkinson
The McCrary Sisters
Megan Nash
Melody Moko
Michelle Malone
Michigan Rattlers
Mindy Smith
Nicki Bluhm
North Mississippi Acoustic
Oliver Wood
Ordinary Elephant
Pete Muller & The Kindred Souls
Robby Hecht
Ryland Moranz
Sean McConnell
Sierra Ferrell
Tami Neilson
Them Coulee Boys
Tim Kelly with Ruston Kelly
Tommy McLain
Tommy Prine
Tristan Bushman
Webb Wilder
The Weeping Willows
The Wild Feathers
Will Hoge

Are you ready for our third round of incredible showcasing acts? We’re bringing you 33 additional showcasing artists and bands for AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

Check out the the next wave of showcase performers below you won’t want to miss. Oh, and make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here so you can join our party in the fall.

Third round of Artists + Bands Showcasing at AMERICANAFEST 2022:

49 Winchester
Abe Partridge
Adia Victoria
Allison Moorer
Amanda Rheaume
American Aquarium
Andrew Duhon
Angel Olsen
Bee Taylor
The Contenders
David Starr
Davisson Brothers Band
The Deer
Erin Enderlin
Fireside Collective
Honey Harper
Jade Bird
Joshua Hedley
Lainey Wilson
Lori McKenna
Lukas Nelson & POTR
Matt Hillyer
Nikki Lane
Nora Brown
Pat Bryne
Peter One
S.G. Goodman
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Seth James
Stacy Antonel
Taj Mahal
Willi Carlisle

Are you ready for more incredible showcasing acts? This week we unveiled five can’t miss artists and bands joining AMERICANAFEST 2022, taking place Sept. 13-17 in various venues across Nashville, TN.

We’re thrilled to add American Aquarium, Jade Bird, Nikki Lane and Taj Mahal to our lineup, along with Lainey Wilson who’s performing as part of “Songs of Yellowstone,” a songwriters round with Hayes Carll and William Prince celebrating their songs featured on the hit TV show.

We can’t wait to see these exciting acts this fall, and we want you to join the party, so make sure to grab your 2022 Festival Pass here.

To see the full lineup of showcasing acts for AMERICANAFEST 2022, click here.

Here is one of the many benefits from attending and being involved with this festival…the informational panels.

Howdy, folks! Today, we’re bringing you a preview of some of the thought-provoking panels we have in store for you at our three-day AMERICANAFEST conference this fall.

From inspirational artist interviews to insightful industry discussions, check out these panels and stay tuned for our full schedule to be revealed in the coming weeks. Take a sneak peek below!

Taking Center Stage: Artist Interviews
Hear from a wide range of Americana artists and the stories that have inspired their work.

Taking A Long Look at the Indigo Girls
Writing, arranging and performing together since high school, it’s a collaboration that’s lasted 35 years and is still going strong. On the Indigo Girls’ latest project “Look Long,” they find a creative partnership certain of its bearings, forging a way forward. Join NPR Music’s Ann Powers as she sits down with the Indigo Girls reflecting on the past and taking a long look at the future.

This Machine Still Kills Fascists: The Dropkick Murphys’ Latest Collaboration with Woody Guthrie

On their forthcoming album, Dropkick Murphys put down their pencils, picked up their acoustic guitars and wrote an album of songs around some previously unseen Woody Guthrie lyrics. The power of Woody’s words meets the urgency of Dropkick Murphys’ music on “This Machine Still Kills Fascists.” Join the band as they sit down to discuss the project and their inclusion in the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame and perform a few acoustic songs from the album.

WSM’s American Songster Radio with Dom Flemons: Interview with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel
American Songster Radio is a new monthly show on Nashville’s WSM Radio hosted by GRAMMY winner and two-time EMMY nominee, Dom Flemons. Each episode explores a wide range of songs within the American roots music genre and invites listeners into the theme of “music that changed your life.” Recording live at AMERICANAFEST, join Dom as he sits down with Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.
The Narrators: How Jake Blount, Leyla McCalla and Kaia Kater Re-Mapped the Past, Present and Future With Concept Albums
From the moment that they became performers and recording artists, Leyla McCalla, Jake Blount and Kaia Kater were each doing important excavations of history in their own ways, as singers, songwriters and arrangers, students of musical and cultural tradition and Black banjo players. In their roles of narrator, they’ve spun stories of their ancestors’ resourcefulness and steered their tales toward new understandings of where they stand at the present and what they see in the future. This panel will place their visions and songs side by side.

Industry Perspective: An Inside Look
From cultivating new talent to guiding legacy artists, see behind the scenes of the music industry.

Creative Legacy: Preserving the History and Building the Future for Legacy Artists
In this session you will learn about the challenges and strategies to make sure legacy artists and songwriters preserve their catalog and properly leverage the digital tools available to them to enhance fan experiences for decades to come. Panelists currently have experience providing their expertise and services for Jim Croce, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Lead Belly, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and many more.Label Services: Who Do They Serve?
This panel explores label services and the artists these companies best serve. It has never been easier for artists to create, release and share their music. In many cases, however, it takes a robust team for artists to succeed at a high level. A label service company can provide both a team and infrastructure to support artists bringing their music to market without giving up ownership of their masters or sacrificing the effort behind the marketing of their music.

All-In On Inclusion
Explore the importance of equality and representation on the airwaves and in music.

Striving for Systemic Change in Music: What We Are Learning in Americana Radio
As we strive for transformative change and equity in the music industry, it’s imperative that we take stock of the systems in place in Americana music. This session will present new research analysis of diversity and representation on the Americana Radio Top 50 Singles Chart from 2018-2021, followed by a frank discussion about the results. Members of the Americana community will reflect on their own practices and share and invite ideas on next steps that can be taken.How Americana Music is Embracing Minority Representation
Americana music has been leading the way in representing minorities in its music for years, and the results in the art form are clear. With special guests and acoustic performances, this panel will look at what makes Americana music so welcoming to everyone, and why this ultimately achieves great art and is a great example to the music industry.

Crafting Your Career as a Musician
Learn the tools to carve a path as an independent artist.

Keeping it Short: Short Form Video Best Practices
With the rise of short form video content on platforms including Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and more, artists have a whole new way to build an audience. We’ll discuss best practices when it comes to adding short form video to marketing plans. Not all artists are natural content creators – we’ll dive in on advice for artists who may be hesitant to fully engage on these platforms and discuss how much of this is “part of the job” in the current climate.

Home Grown: DIY Artist Development & Mentoring
These days artist development has been put squarely on the shoulders of the individual artist. Having a clear, focused short-term and long-term plan is critical. This panel will focus on giving independent artists an insider’s perspective to multiple viewpoints and how they have approached their career paths and plans. You’ll also hear from team members that have helped facilitate independent careers and how their input is equally as valuable to artist development.
Interested in attending? Our conference brings together today’s top music industry players and artists to The Westin Nashville for unforgettable insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you’re looking for advice on that next career step or the latest on current industry trends, come hear from leading experts and those who’ve impacted our growing Americana community for over two decades.

At $499* ($399 for Americana Music Association Members), Conference + Festival Passes are the ultimate key to all that AMERICANAFEST has to offer over four days filled with panels, showcases and special events. Plus, don’t forget to snag your tickets to the Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14!
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