Starting Tuesday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 25, twenty-one artists will present their own unique brand of Americana to Nashville. Event highlights include a special showcase night at the Bluebird Café, a celebration with the Sister Cities of Nashville organization, a Music City Roots “Down Under Special” and the third annual THE AUSSIE BBQ showcase. The events are produced by Sounds Australia, a government-supported music industry organization dedicated to spreading the music of Australia abroad.
"It's been 10 years since I last visited Nashville while on a tour of great music cities of the US, so I'm incredibly excited to be returning for Americana. This year sees an increased delegation of over 30 Australian musicians and industry, from Paul Kelly to Tamworth Road to Discovery winners Melody Pool and Gena Rose Bruce, it's set to be the biggest and best convergence of Australian talent that Nashville has ever seen." says Glenn Dickie, Export Music Producer for Sounds Australia.
2013 Australian events and performances at the Americana Music Festival and Conference:
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6p.m. - 8p.m. & 9p.m. - 11p.m. - Tamworth Presents “Australiana At Americana” showcase at the Bluebird Café. Split into two sessions, bookings will be essential for this show through the Bluebird website. Performing: Breaking Hart Benton, Katie Brianna, Tracey Bunn, Donna Dean, Melody Feder & Michael Muchow, Sam Hawksley, Paul Kelly, Anne McCue, Cameron Milford, Jen Mize, Kelly Menhennett, Gena Rose Bruce, Tamara Stewart, Emma Swift and The Weeping Willows.
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 11 p.m. – Official showcase performance by Mustered Courage at The Station Inn.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. – “Sister (Cities) Are Doing It…” Join Sounds Australia and the Sister Cities of Nashville and Tamworth at the Sheraton Listening Lounge with artists The Borderers, The Bushwackers, Sam Hawksley, Damian Howard and Tamara Stewart.
Friday, Sept. 20, Noon – Maton Presents “A Taste of Australia” at The Second Fiddle. Free lunch provided for AMA attendees, with performances from: The Bushwackers, The Hillbilly Killers, Catherine Britt, Damian Howard, Mustered Courage and Melody Pool.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. – Official showcase performance by Paul Kelly at Mercy Lounge.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. – Official showcase performance by Melody Pool at 3rd & Lindsley.
Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 p.m. – Official showcase performance by The Hillbilly Killers at The Rutledge.
Saturday, Sept. 21, Midnight – Official showcase performance by The Bushwackers at The Rutledge.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. – THE AUSSIE BBQ at The Basement.
The 3rd annual AUSSIE BBQ showcase featuring 16 of Australia's finest at Nashville’s iconic live music venue and attached record store. This free event includes a sausage sizzle, provided by Nashville’s Aussie Rules football champs, The Nashville Kangaroos. Featured performers are: The Borderers, Breaking Hart Benton, Katie Brianna, Gena Rose Bruce, Tracey Bunn, The Bushwackers, Melody Feder & Michael Muchow, The Hillbilly Killers, Anne McCue, Kelly Menhennett, Cameron Milford, Jen Mize, Mustered Courage, Melody Pool and The Weeping Willows.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. – Music City Roots “Down Under Special” concert at the Loveless. Weekly radio program Music City Roots hosts a special night of Australian talent, with performances from The Bushwackers, Catherine Britt and Bill Chambers, Melody Pool and Mustered Courage.
About Sounds Australia: Sounds Australia is Australia’s music market development initiative, established to provide a cohesive and strategic platform to assist the Australian music industry access domestic and international business opportunities.
Sounds Australia supports the career life cycle of Australian artists, from the local venue-based live music industry to international events, networking and business development.
Sounds Australia is a joint initiative of the Australia Council and APRA|AMCOS, supported by the Federal Government together with state government agencies and peak industry associations.
About the Americana Music Association:
Registration for the Americana Music Festival and Conference is $350 for AMA members and $450 for non-members. Registration includes one ticket to the Americana Honors and Awards Show. For more information call (615) 386-6936 or visit www.AmericanaMusic.org.