Americana Music Conference Begins

The Avett Brothers, Hayes Carll, Tift Merritt, Buddy Miller, Sunny Sweeney and Dale Watson are among the artists showcasing at the Americana Music Festival and Conference which began Wednesday night (Oct. 31) in Nashville. The four-day event features numerous artist showcases, panel discussions and a trade show, as well as the Americana Honors awards show on Thursday night (Nov. 1) at the Ryman Auditorium. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale, the awards show will include performances by Lyle Lovett, Patty Griffin, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, Todd Snider, Joe Ely, Guy Clark and others.