August 31, 2017; Washington, D.C. - NPR Music returns to Nashville, Tenn., to join multitudes of rising stars, fans and industry tastemakers at the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference. NPR Music critic Ann Powers will kick off coverage of the Festival with a performance chat exploring the eclectic sounds and legacies informing the Americana music genre. Contributor Jewly Hight will also host an engaging conversation around the intersection of identities and marginalized perspectives of Americana artists. NPR Music will webcast the 16th annual Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards Show on September 13 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Breakdown of NPR Music events, coverage and live video streams below:
Southern Streams: The Eclectic Roots Of Americana Music
September 13, 2017 - 11:30AM CT
Americana music, like all American music, is fundamentally eclectic, born of the myriad cultural crossings that form the basis of our complex national history. Within every country song is a blues root and a soul heart; every folk ballad has traveled within a diaspora that may have touched the Caribbean, Mexico or the Native American West. The songwriters' round brings together four artists whose music reflects very different family legacies and life experiences, from Southern soul to Latin-tinged country to African-diaspora folk. Their songs and stories form a portrait of Americana music that reflects the true and varied foundation of Americana music. Moderated by Ann Powers of NPR Music, the program will feature performances and conversation from Don Bryant, Yola Carter, Raul Malo, and Joan Osborne. This conversation is presented in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the Ford Theater and is included with museum admission. It is free to museum members and AMA badge holders. Program pass required. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
Hearing Voices: How The Personal Got Political In Americana Music
September 14, 2017 - 11AM CT
At a moment when people are often lumped together in political discourse and many assumptions are made about who has a claim to various kinds of music and culture, it's more important than ever to listen to the voices of the artists working in the Americana scene who view themselves as representing particular identities and marginalized perspectives. Through engaging conversation and acoustic performances, Patterson Hood, Rev, Sekou, Chastity Brown and Alex Caress (of Little Bandit) will speak with NPR Music Contributor Jewly Hight how and why aspects of who they are and where they come from matter to the music they make and how they present it.
The Soulful Streams and Hearing Voices panels will also be recorded and featured on WXPN's World Cafe as part of the show's Nashville project.
Interview and Performance: Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
September 15, 2017 - 12PM CT
Though they have sung together since childhood, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer each pursued solo careers for over twenty years. With Not Dark Yet (out August 18), they collaborate on a recording for the first time, blending their vocals on nine covers and an original tune written together. Their distinctive voices join in effortless sibling harmony and their repertoire nods to eclectic influences, from the Louvin Brothers to Nirvana. Lynne has released over a dozen records and won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Moorer's nine albums have earned her nominations for Grammys, Oscars, and Americana awards. The duo will perform songs from the new album and talk with NPR Music's Ann Powers about the album, the creative process, and sharing music as siblings. Following the program, Lynne and Moorer will sign copies of Not Dark Yet, available for purchase at the Museum Store. Presented in partnership with the Americana Music Association at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum at the Ford Theater. This event is included with museum admission. It is free to museum members and AMA badge holders. Program pass required. The program will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards
NPR Music will webcast the 16th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show on September 13. Starting at 7:30 pm ET/6:30 p.m. CT, the entire event, including performances by some of the genre's biggest names, will be available to watch in live video stream at NPR.org/music via VuHaus with partner stations WMOT and World Cafe.From Nashville, Powers has offered insight and analysis about the world of music. Her essays, which cover everything from the way Nicki Minaj and Madonna play with gender roles to the reality of exploitation in rock and roll, can be found on The Record blog at NPR.org/Music, and she's a regular contributor to NPR news shows, music podcasts, series and live events. Powers is also an author and has held some of the top jobs in music journalism. Her new book, Good Booty, "looks at more than a century of music as a lens through which to explore American views on sex, race and spirituality. (NPR)" Before joining NPR in 2011, she served as the chief pop critic for the Los Angeles Times, and held similar roles at Blender, The New York Times, Village Voice and San Francisco Weekly, among others.
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Andrea Rizk, Country Music Hall of Fame
Megan Snodsmith, Country Music Hall of Fame