AMERICANAFEST has unveiled its full schedule with the launch of the 2022 mobile app ahead of the Sept. 13-17th conference here in Nashville. This year’s event will take place across 36 venues, showcasing more than 175 artists and bands, with nearly 300 events available for attendees.
New additions to the showcasing lineup include Adeem the Artist, Bre Kennedy, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Josh Rouse, and Rev. Greg Spradlin and Bonnie Montgomery. Previously announced performers include 49 Winchester, Adia Victoria, American Aquarium, Angel Olsen, Asleep at the Wheel, Black Opry Revue, Jaime Wyatt, James McMurtry, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joshua Ray Walker, Leyla McCalla, Lori McKenna, Lukas Nelson & POTR, Margo Cilker, The McCrary Sisters, Miko Marks, Mindy Smith, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, North Mississippi Acoustic, Oliver Wood, Rissi Palmer, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, S.G. Goodman, Sierra Ferrell, Tim Kelly with Ruston Kelly, Town Mountain, Trousdale, and dozens more.
This year’s 45+ AMERICANAFEST conference panels will touch on a variety of themes including artist interviews, an inside look at the music industry, embracing inclusion and striving for systemic change, and crafting a musical career.
Highlights include: an in-depth career retrospective with the Indigo Girls and NPR Music’s Ann Powers; a discussion on the crucial role of quality data, with Kris Ahrend, CEO of The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC); tutorials for artists on short form video best practices for Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and more; an exploration of label services and the artists these companies best serve; a look at how tools such as genealogy and musical storytelling can be used in entertainment and media to preserve history and build community in the face of rising censorship; using concept albums to re-map the past, present and future, with artists Leyla McCalla, Jake Blount and Kaia Kater; and a live taping of “American Songster Radio” hosted by GRAMMY winner and two-time EMMY nominee, Dom Flemons, with guest Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.