Americana Conference in Full Gear

Roots music is alive in Nashville during the second annual Americana Music Conference continuing through Saturday (Sept. 20) at the Renaissance Hotel. Legendary singer-songwriter and political activist Kris Kristofferson will receive the 2003 Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award during Friday night’s Americana Awards presentation. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the awards show will include performances by Allison Moorer, Kathleen Edwards, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell and others. In addition to performances at the hotel, Americana artists are also performing late night shows at several Nashville venues. The weekend lineup includes Wanda Jackson, Robinella & the CC Stringband, Darrell Scott, Caitlin Cary, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Amy Rigby, Albert Lee and the duo of Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. 09/19/03