Americana Conference Begins in Nashville

The Americana Music Conference, hosted by the Americana Music Association, began Thursday (Sept. 23) in Nashville. The three-day event features an awards show on Friday night, numerous showcases and seminars with titles such as “Americana — The International Mainstream” and “Now Your Record Is Complete — Do You Need a Record Label?” Participating artists include Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Slaid Cleaves, Mindy Smith, Jay Farrar, Chris Hillman and Tift Merritt, among many others.