Americanfest 2018

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny is a music producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

  • War and Treaty at BMI rooftop Americanafest 2018 by photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • War and Treaty at BMI rooftop Americanafest 2018 by photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • War and Treaty at BMI rooftop Americanafest 2018 by photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • I'm With Her at the City Winery Nashville Americanafest 2018 by photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Samantha Fish at The Cannery Ballroom Nashville Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • I'm With Her at the City Winery Nashville Americanafest 2018 by photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Fantastic Negrito at the Cannery Ballroom Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Fantastic Negrito at the Cannery Ballroom Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 - Executive Director of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • David Briley Mayor of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County at Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • KD Lang and Ann Powers NPR - at Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • KD Lang and Ann Powers NPR - at Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • KD Lang and Ann Powers NPR - at Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 Panel: Independent 101 - Scott Robinson, Hope Selevan, Patrick Ferrell, David Macias, Kim Buie photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 Panel: Demystifying Digital Streaming - John Strohm, Josh Berman, Rachel Barnard Whitney, Meg Tarquinio, Emily Cohen photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Creamer at the 5 Spot Nashville, Americanafest 2018 - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Creamer at the 5 Spot Nashville, Americanafest 2018 - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Creamer at the 5 Spot Nashville, Americanafest 2018 - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Creamer at the 5 Spot Nashville, Americanafest 2018 - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Creamer at the 5 Spot Nashville, Americanafest 2018 - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 Panel: 20 years of Loose, Europe's Premier Americana Label John Strohm, Julia Grant, Patrick Ferris, Tom Bridgewater, Ruarri Joseph, Crispin Parry photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanfest 2018 at The Local Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Kaia Kater Americanfest 2018 at The Local Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Kaia Kater Americanfest 2018 at The Local Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Courtney Marie Andrews at the High Watt Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Courtney Marie Andrews at the High Watt Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Courtney Marie Andrews at the High Watt Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 Panel: People are my drug: The art of collaboration in Americana Music, Tommy Emmanuel, Craig Havighurst, Spencer Cullum, Jr., Regina McCrary. Sam Bush photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Tommy Emmanuel at Americanafest 2018 at The Filming Station Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Tommy Emmanuel at Americanafest 2018 at The Filming Station Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Ruby Boots and Brandy Zdan at Americanafest 2018 at The Filming Station Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Ruby Boots at Americanafest 2018 at The Filming Station Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Mary Gauthier with Randy Lewis Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Mary Gauthier Americanafest 2018 photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Americanafest 2018 Panel: Americana in the UK - The growth of the AMAUK, the UK Americana - Emily Baker, Gary Harries, Stevie Freeman, Trudie Myerscough,-Harris, Sam Outlaw - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Americanafest 2018 Jim Lauderdale (sound check) at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Americanafest 2018 Jim Lauderdale (sound check) at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Tommy Emmanuel Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Tommy Emmanuel Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Tommy Emmanuel Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Buddy Miller & friends (Regina McCrary) Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Buddy Miller & friends (Kinky Friedman) Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Buddy Miller & friends (The McCrary Sisters & War and Treaty) Americanafest 2018 at the Cannery Ballroom Nashville - photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Marc Ribot (and band) Americanfest 2018 at the High Watt Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Marc Ribot (and band) Americanfest 2018 at the High Watt Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Marc Ribot's Bass Player Americanfest 2018 at the High Watt Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Marc Ribot (and band) Americanfest 2018 at the High Watt Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    WILSN - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    WILSN - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Tom West - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • WILSN - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
    Tom West - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    @ The 5 spot Americanafest Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    The Weeping Willows - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    @ The 5 spot Americanafest Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Ruby Boots (and band with Brandy Zdan)- Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Ruby Boots (and band with Brandy Zdan)- Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Ruby Boots (and band with Brandy Zdan)- Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Josh Rennie-Hynes- Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Josh Rennie-Hynes- Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Fanny Lumsden - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
  • Fanny Lumsden - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Tommy Emmanuel - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Tommy Emmanuel - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Tommy Emmanuel - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com
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    Brian Cadd (with Smith Curry) - Sounds Australia Americanfest 2018 at the 5 spot Nashville photo by Kenny Schick https://B3PMusic.com

Americanafest and Conference has been held in September in Nashville Tennessee for the past 19 years – 6 days of music for both fans and the music industry.

There are venues all over the city that partake in hosting legendary artists and the next generation of rising stars in intimate settings; there is a LOT going on!

Inspiration

As part of our business, we attend several conferences and events every year; to make connections, attend panels, learn about industry trends, get inspired and glean new ideas for our business.  All of these events are worthwhile and inspiring in some ways for sure, but Americanafest turned out to be a very different beast.  Yes, there were panels, and meet ups all over the city, and opportunities to meet new people and learn, but also, this event centered around the music itself much more than other conferences and really top notch music and top artists/performers from all over the globe!

Conference panels had total industry giants like KD Lang, Mary Gauthier, Brandi Carlile, & Tommy Emmanuel.  The panel / interview with KD Lang interviewed by NPR’s Ann Powers was particularly inspiring as she really gets to the heart of what it means to be an artist, a human, and and individual within the industry.  Mary Gauthier’s interview about her album ‘Rifles and Rosary Beads’ and her work with Songwriting With Soldiers was equally inspiring (interviewed by LA Times Randy Lewis).

You can see photos below and also more in our Photo Gallery Page and other Blogs on our Blog Page.

There were so many performances that blew our socks off as well and really reminded us what great song writing and performance is all about.  Americanafest was full of artists who really dig deep and push their craft to outstanding levels.  I can’t recommend this event enough to artists who need an injection of inspiration, or simply to fans of really great music.

The first performance we saw at the BMI (opening party on their rooftop) by the mighty War And Treaty, who were discovered at Americanafest a few years back – they set the pace for the week.  Another highlight was the dreamy I’m With Her, the trio Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan at the City Winery – we all crammed in to see them.

Americana Awards Show

We are so glad we also decided to go to the  Americana Music Honors and Awards show at the beautiful Ryman Theater, this year it was hosted by The Milk Carton Kids who were SO funny and performed a song they wrote for the night ‘What is Americana?’).  It shone pretty brightly in there with all those stars in the audience and on stage.  We were treated to outstanding performances by Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Irma Thomas, Buddy Guy, Margo Price, and KD Lang.

We crammed into to the Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom or High Watt and caught many great artists there, including Fantastic Negrito. As it was pretty packed there a lot, we chose smaller venues and saw Creamer at the 5 Spot and dashed over to The Local to see the jazzy/americana Kaia Kater.  We missed some of War and Treaty’s set at the Cannery Ballroom to catch the quirky Marc Ribot upstairs at the High Watt and we laughed with Bob Boilen (NPR’s Tiny Desk host and creator) that it was really pushing the already loose boundaries of ‘Americana’.

Inspiring Artists from all over the world

Australia was represented by the amazing artists featured by Sounds Australia (The Winnie Blues, (you can check out photos from their gig at The Bowery Vault), Wilsn, Tom West, The Weeping Willows, Ruby Boots, Catherine Britt, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Fanny Lumsden, Tommy Emmanuel, Brian Cadd). There was so much to remind me why music captured my heart and spirit so many decades ago. We ended the week feeling as much inspired as we were exhausted. Next year we’ll be more prepared and know our way around better to perhaps fit more in, but we got way more than we even expected to.

Yes you should definitely go next year

Go check out the line up at th Americana Assocation website – there are so many great artists – many we didn’t get a chance to see which we were bummed about. Thank goodness for their great app which helped organize us. If you’ve never been and you love music, you will love every moment of it. If you don’t want to go to the conference you can just get a wrist band to see all the music as that gets you into all the venues (unless stated they are for conference guests only).

ALSO:

Bob Boilen has a great book out called ‘Your Song Changed My Life’. Happy to see a lot of my favorite music discussed! (audible version, hard cover & ebook). We bought the audio book – coz it’s really cool when the author reads it.

Become a member of Americana Association if you’re an artist/musician/songwriter join here http://www.americanamusic.org  You’ll need to become a member to attend the conference and the awards show.

There is also an association in the UK – AmericanaUK – they also have a huge awards show and have many community events – https://americana-uk.com/

If you’d like any of the photo’s as high rez let me know EMAIL


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Comrades in Song – Americanafest Basement East Nashville 6/21/18

Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny is a music producer, engineer, singer songwriter & photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA)  (see more photos here)

Americanafest put on a one-of-a-kind tribute show where distinguished members of the East Nashville community pay homage to each other’s bodies of work through song.

Americanafest Artists who preformed included Carl Anderson, Reuben Bidez, Kirby Brown, Creamer, JP Harris, Jon Latham, Nikki Lane, Ruby Boots, Mando Saenz, Kashena Sampson, Zach Schmidt, Caroline Spence, Patrick Sweany, Allen Thompson, Seth Walker, Emily West, Brandy Zdan and more special guests. The evening’s festivities was hosted by Whiskey Wolves of the West with production and musical direction provided by Chase McGillis. Everyone was so awesome! What a great event!

Last nights Comrades in Song Americanafest show at Basement East last night was an awesome way to support, enjoy and for us discover local East Nashville artists and they are all beyond amazing.

Stand outs were definitely Whiskey Wolves of the West – who played with every artist including Emily West (we didn’t even realize who she was at the time – she was on America’s got Talent 2014 – so happy to see she’s performing still and sounding fantastic we really like her). Then Creamer – omg – is amazing in so many ways… the guy brings back the intensity and beauty of the 70s artist in voice and style and we just fell in love with him. We can say that coz were were there in the 70s hehe. So I’m currently obsessing about him. He moved to Nashville to record his first solo album (which he’s just about to release) so hopefully we’ll get to see him perform out and about a lot! You can also follow him on instagram and facebook.

We are pretty excited about attending our first Americana festival this year – seeing as we are in Nashville now. We’ve always mean to go but it was always so far to go from California and with hotel rooms etc etc we never quite made it before. So we are going all out and trying to figure out how to be able to go to as much as possible as there is a LOT. We even splurged on getting tickets to the awards show at the Ryman. Everyone said it was well worth it so we are super excited about that… Jason Isbell is up for an award again of course and he’s a favorite of ours and we’ll also be seeing him at the Ryman in October for a whole week.

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When in Nashville, we’ll do as much as we can – life is short and the music here is awesome and so wonderfully diverse!