The Americana Music Conference will bring hundreds of open-minded music fans to downtown Nashville this week, giving listeners a chance to hear roots music from across the U.S. and around the world. And since the official showcases are open to the public, fans can get in on the action. The music begins Wednesday night (Sept. 12) and runs through Saturday.
Here are 10 shows worth a look:
Americana Honors and Awards
The excellent lineup always speaks for itself. This year’s roster at the Ryman Auditorium offers Bonnie Raitt, Alabama Shakes, Justin Townes Earle and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, among many more. Stick around for an all-star tribute to Levon Helm. Wednesday’s show is sold out.
Brandi Carlile, Star Anna
These two Seattle-area songwriters will headline the Cannery Ballroom on Wednesday — and it’s lucky that the space is so big, because these women can belt it out. Carlile’s new album Bear Creek is superb, and Star Anna first attracted my attention with her video for “If Wishes Were Horses.”