Rodney Crowell, T Bone Burnett Added as Americana Conference Keynote Events
Grammy winners Rodney Crowell and T Bone Burnett will be featured during keynote presentations at the Americana Music Festival and Conference taking place Sept. 17-20 in Nashville. Crowell, recipient of the 2006 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting, will perform several songs during an interview with music journalist Anthony DeCurtis on Sept. 19. Burnett, producer of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's Raising Sand album and the multi-platinum soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will be interviewed by Nashville record producer Garth Fundis on Sept. 20. The first recipient of the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for an executive, Burnett has also produced projects for Elvis Costello, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, John Mellencamp, B.B. King and Tony Bennett, among others. The ninth annual Americana event provides seminars, panel discussions and networking opportunities for musicians and those who work in the music industry. The conference will be highlighted by the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards program taking place Thursday (Sept. 18) at the Ryman Auditorium.