Thursday, September 6, 2012

Americana Music Festival & Conference Artist Schedule

* Corb Lund AMA showcase – Wednesday, September 12, 10pm – Mercy Lounge - 1 Cannery Row

Amid raves from NPR, NY Times, UNCUT and others, Corb Lund scored a personal best with a #13 debut on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and a #60 debut on the Billboard Indie Chart for his "breakthrough" (Washington Post) album 'Cabin Fever.' The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Canadian Top 200 albums chart. NPR said, "Impressive… great songs… Lund finds glory in tough work, spotting characters most people would overlook, and celebrating them with colorful sketches… Corb Lund's ironic humor and keen sense of American culture is similar to Hayes Carll."

* Scott Bomar of the Bo-Keys on panel – Thursday, September 13, 2:30pm – The Music of Memphis - Sheraton Hotel, Davidson Room, 623 Union St.

Bo-Keys leader and producer Scott Bomar (Jay Reatard, Hustle & Flow, Cyndi Lauper) will also join "The Music of Memphis," a panel moderated by Memphis native and producer Rick Clark, alongside Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars; Jody Stephens of Memphis-based Ardent Music and musician for Big Star and Golden Smog; Robert Gordon, author of "It Came From Memphis," "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters," and "Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Rocker Standing"; and John Hampton of Ardent Music and a GRAMMY-winning producer.

* Amy Black on panel - Thursday, September 13, 4:00 – 5:00 pm - Channeling Your Inner CEO: Business Best Practices Panel - Sheraton Hotel, Suite 7, 623 Union St.

Amy Black will speak on a panel, alongside moderator Ralph Jaccodine, Boston Management Group; Susan Cattaneo, Berklee College of Music; Thad Beatty, writer, instrumentalist, producer; and Dino Cattaneo, Jersey Girl Music. A latecomer to the craft of songwriting, Black spent more than a decade in the business world as a professional marketer before discovering her writing talents. The panelists will discuss setting and tracking goals; creating a strategy; smart marketing; and building a team on a shoestring budget or with no budget at all.

* The Bo-Keys AMA showcase – Thursday, September 13, 11pm – The Rutledge - 410 4th Avenue South

Memphis soul men The Bo-Keys will perform at a showcase of The Music of Memphis
on Thursday, September 13 at 11pm at the Rutledge, on a bill with Luther
Dickinson and Jim Lauderdale; “The Songs of Big Star” featuring Chris Stamey
(db’s), Mike Mills (REM), and the surviving member of Big Star’s original
lineup, Jody Stephens; and up-and-comers Star & Micey. Of The Bo-Keys, The Wall Street Journal said, “Funky[,] authentic groove… If the Bo-Keys sound like Memphis in the 1960s and early '70s, it's probably because most of the band's musicians were recording back then for the city's top labels.”

* Amy Black AMA showcase - Friday, September 14, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm - Sheraton Hotel, Listening Lounge, 623 Union St.

Amy Black – the minister's daughter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood – will perform in the round with Susan Cattaneo, Rose Cousins and Rod Picott. No Depression has written, "Amy Black has a smooth, seductive sound that commands attention… [She] sings in a folk-styled country voice that suggests bits of Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Judy Collins, edged by the blues of Bonnie Raitt and a hint of Jennifer Nettle’s sass." WUMB-FM Boston wrote that “her latest album, One Time, reveals her as one of the best storytelling songwriters working today.”

* Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe - Friday, September 14, 2012, 4-5pm - OutLowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe performance and broadcast - SiriusXM Music City Theatre, Bridgestone Arena Tower, 501 Broadway

This live radio broadcast will celebrate Nick Lowe and the new tribute album Lowe Country with performances from Robert Ellis, Caitlin Rose, Amanda Shires, Colin Gilmore, and surprise guests.

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