Americana Music Festival Airing November 19th on PBS
AMERICANA MUSIC'S BEST SHINE IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
"ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL"
NATIONAL BROADCAST TO BEGIN AIRING NOVEMBER 19th on PBS
ROBERT PLANT, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, GREGG ALLMAN
THE AVETT BROTHERS, THE CIVIL WARS & MORE FEATURED IN ONE HOUR SPECIAL
Nashville, TN-November 8, 2011-Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars are just a few of the artists appearing on “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival,” sponsored by Nissan and airing starting November 19th on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings). Called "the best awards show in the world" by Paste Magazine, the hour long special was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on October 13, 2011 during the sold-out Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards and features special performances from the genres' established and rising stars.
Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, with an all-star house band led by Americana favorite Buddy Miller, the show runs the gamut of Americana music. It opens with a moving performance of "I'll Fly Away," in tribute to the 10th anniversary of the “O' Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, with Harris, Krauss and others, and closes with an uplifting finale spotlighting the legendary Allman. In between are performances by Lauderdale, Miller, Plant and The Band of Joy, Candi Staton, The Avett Brothers, Lucinda Williams, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Amos Lee. Most are backed by Miller's ace sidemen, featuring Don Was, Greg Leisz, the McCrary Sisters, along with John Deaderick and brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.
"It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level," said Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners than Nashville Public Television president and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere, and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience."
The program, described by Emmylou Harris as "the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere," was filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its president Martin Fischer and Lickona. For more on the show, photos, and clips click here.
- Emmylou Harris Alison Krauss Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was /I'll Fly Away, “O'Brother” Tribute Performance
- The Avett Brothers / The Once And Future Carpenter
- Lucinda Williams / Blessed
- Amos Lee / Cup of Sorrow
- Elizabeth Cook / El Camino
- The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow
- Justin Townes Earle / Harlem River Blues
- Jessica Lea Mayfield / For Today
- Buddy Miller / Gasoline And Matches
- Candi Staton / Heart On A String
- Jim Lauderdale / Life By Numbers
- Robert Plant / Monkey
- Gregg Allman / Melissa