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TJ’s 2017 AmericanaFEST Highlights

Thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals flocked to Nashville for The 8th annual AmericanaFEST, put on by the Americana Music Association.

AmericanaFEST featured over 230 live performances at almost 40 of Nashville’s most prominent venues centered around the The Americana Honors & Awards Show, which was held at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The awards saw John Prine take home Artist of the Year, Rodney Crowell won Song of the Year for “It Ain’t Over Yet” (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Album of the Year went to Sturgill Simpson’s for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth and Lifetime Achievement Awards to Van Morrison, Iris DeMent and Robert Cray, among others.

TJ was fortunate to experience this week long music festival. Here are some of the highlights.

Ted Russell Kamp playing the “California Country Social” at Fond Object Records in East Nashville

Merle Jagger playing the “California Country Social” at Fond Object Records in East Nashville

Host of ceremony, Jim Lauderdale led the Music City Roots show.

TJ Editor Courtney S. Lennon congratulates John Paul White on his Song of the Year award for Rodney Crowell’s “It Ain’t Over Yet.”

Grammy Award winning producer and author, Tamara Saviano’s book reading for Without Getting Killed or Caught on the life of Guy Clark, accompanied by Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (High Plains Jamboree) at Howlin’ Books.

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers at the Bloodshot Records event.

Jeff Mix Lost Vegas Hiway movie screening.

Sally Jaye and Cafe Rooster Records with TJ West’s Kim Grant at The Basement East.

Brian Wright about to rock The Basement East.

Elijah Ocean with Ben Reddell getting started at The East Room

Sammy Brue capping off a great set at The East Room.


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