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Sep 17

Americana Music Festival: 10 Acts to Catch

J.D. Wilkes and The Dirt Daubers will perform at The Americana Festival on September 19. (Photo courtesy of

The Americana Music Festival kicks off this week in Nashville, featuring four nights of live music from September 17-20. 165 live performances will take place at more than nine music venues throughout downtown Nashville. It’s a music festival like no other, and if you are headed to Music City this week, here are 10 shows not to miss:

Lee Ann Womack – September 18, 7:30p at Cannery Ballroom

Lee Ann Womack is set to release her new album, The Way I’m Livin,’ on September 23. “We wanted to capture the moment,” Womack said of the album, which was recorded almost completely live. “Both the moment in the song and the moment when the musicians catch fire. There’s a magic when the players find each other, find the heart of the song – and that spark is the greatest moment of all.”

Angaleena Presley – September 18, 9:00p at High Watt

Known as one-third of Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley will release her solo debut, American Middle Class, on October 14. “A lot of folks first heard of me when I wrote a song called ‘Knocked Up’ that Heidi Newfield cut on her first solo record,” she said. “People would say, ‘God, honey, that song has balls.’ But I just wrote what I knew. I was pregnant, not married, and felt like the shame of my family.”

Marty Stuart – September 18, 9:30p at 3rd & Lindsley

Marty Stuart is one of “country’s most historically-minded new traditionalists.” He will take the stage at 3rd & Lindsley for a show featuring his own brand of sound, which combines elements of honky tonk, rockabilly, country-rock, traditional country and bluegrass. Continue Reading


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May 29

Marty Stuart to Release Saturday Night & Sunday Morning September 30

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Marty Stuart photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Marty Stuart will release a double album, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, on September 30. The ‘Saturday Night – Rough Around the Edges’ disc will feature rowdy songs appropriate for a weekend of fun, while the ‘Sunday Morning – Cathedral’ disc will include gospel-themed songs one may hear while sitting in a church pew.

“A few years ago, I rededicated myself to traditional country music,” he told “We spent some time in RCA Studios in Nashville, where so much of modern country was created, and we worked to imitate that style of production and songwriting.” Continue Reading


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Nov 29

Travis Tritt Plans “Travis Tritt & Friends” Concerts to Kick Off 25th Anniversary

Travis Tritt Plans "Travis Tritt & Friends" Concerts to Kick Off 25th Anniversary

Travis Tritt photo courtesy of Aristo Media.

Travis Tritt will hold two special acoustic concerts, “Travis Tritt & Friends,” at the historic Franklin Theatre on January 13-14 in Franklin, Tennessee. The shows will be Travis’ first Nashville concert since 2002 and his first ever all-acoustic performance in Nashville. They will also serve to kick off the 25th anniversary of Travis’ career.

James Otto and Marty Stuart will join Travis for the performances, with more guests to be announced soon. The two shows will showcase Travis’ biggest hits and also share the stories behind the songs and anecdotes about his life as a musician. Continue Reading


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Sep 18

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

(l-r): Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager; Dierks Bentley; Marty Stuart; Old Crow Medicine Show. Photo by Chris Hollo, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Modern-day string band Old Crow Medicine Show was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last night by Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart. Among the award-winning group’s first performances in Nashville were on the sidewalks outside the Opry House in Summer 2000, playing for fans entering and exiting Opry performances. The band graduated to the Opry stage for its official Opry debut on Jan. 13, 2001, quickly became a fan favorite during dozens of Opry performances since, and was invited by Stuart to join the Opry on Aug. 16 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Just before show time, the band reprised its Opry Plaza performances from more than a dozen years ago, walking outside the Opry House and playing tunes including “Brave Boys” and “Hesitation Blues” for surprised fans waiting outside for the evening’s Opry show.

Onstage later in the night, Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher and Opry members Dierks Bentley and Stuart took the stage alongside Old Crow Medicine Show, presenting the group with its Opry member award. “Congratulations, Old Crow, on being a part of the coolest club there is,” Bentley said.

Addressing the band, Marty added, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.”

Speaking on behalf of the group, Ketch Secor related that years ago members of the band asked themselves if they’d ever make it big in TV. Secor recalled having said, “I don’t know about TV, but we might make something of ourselves on radio.” Fast forwarding to tonight’s show, Secor concluded, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. I think we made it big on radio! We, the Old Crows, are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.”

After tearing into the band’s signature song, “Wagon Wheel,” (currently covered by fellow Opry member Darius Rucker) the group invited fellow Opry members Bentley, Stuart, Connie Smith, and the Del McCoury Band to join them on the standards “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw The Light.”

“Old Crow has over the years become a favorite of Opry audiences and everyone backstage, as well,” said Fisher. “It’s fun for so many of us that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the great early Opry bands like Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys—bands which helped propel the Opry to national prominence. Tonight represents a great full circle, and as the great Jimmy Dickens says, ‘The circle can’t be broken.’”

After the induction, the group added a plaque bearing its name to the Opry Member Gallery backstage at the Opry House.

Old Crow Medicine Show is scheduled to perform concerts on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.


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Aug 29

GAC Album Review: Charlie Worsham’s Rubberband

GAC Album Review: Charlie Worsham's Rubberband

Charlie Worsham’s 2013 album, Rubberband. Photo courtesy of

A former member of beloved Nashville band KingBilly, Charlie Worsham headed his own way in 2010 to pursue a career as a solo artist. Landing a deal with Warner Music Nashville, the multi-instrumentalist from Mississippi’s debut album, Rubberband, plays with similarly bright acoustics and newgrass melodies found throughout KingBilly’s lone 2009 EP. However, on Rubberband, which is available now, Charlie sharpens his own sound to carve out a unique niche of groove-oriented country that blends traditional and progressive.

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Aug 19

Old Crow Medicine Show Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show invited to join Grand Ole Opry

Old Crow Medicine Show, Sally Williams (second from left), Ryman Auditorium, Marty Stuart and Pete Fisher (far right), Grand Ole Opry. Photo by Chris Hollo.

Old Crow Medicine Show was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry by Opry member Marty Stuart during the group’s performance at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland on Friday, August 16. The group will be officially inducted into the Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on September 17. Some of the group’s first performances were in Nashville on the sidewalk outside the Opry House in 2000. They made their Opry debut on January 13, 2001.

Near the end of the group’s concert, Marty surprised the group onstage. “In 1925, there was a show started in Nashville called the Grand Ole Opry,” he said. “It was founded on a traditional fiddle tune. It was founded on hard-hitting old-time music. It was founded on being a good-natured riot. And it’s been going on for 88 years. It’s a great American story. Would you all consider becoming a part of this great American story and becoming Grand Ole Opry members?”  Continue Reading


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May 16

Marty Stuart Announces Lineup for Annual Late Night Jam

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Marty Stuart has announced the lineup for his annual Late Night Jam. Set for June 5 at the historic Ryman Auditorium, the lineup has an old school theme featuring some of the best bands in country music. Marty and his Fabulous Superlatives, Connie Smith & The Sundowners, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bobby Bare with Brandy Clark, Charlie Worsham, Sleepy Man Banjo Boy and more are set to perform.

This year’s show will benefit Musicares and the CMA’s Keep The Music Playing Fund. As always, fans can expect surprise guests during the show. Continue Reading


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Apr 19

Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels & More Featured in Music City USA Documentary

Vince Gill

Vince Gill photo by Tim Wright, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

The spirit and talent of Music City will be highlighted in filmmaker Chris McDaniel’s new documentary, Music City USA, which premieres at the Nashville Film Festival on April 24. Chris grew up a few hours outside of Nashville and interviewed dozens of artists and industry members, including Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, Mike Wolfe from American Pickers, Larry Gatlin, Marty Stuart and many more.

Music City USA will highlight those who make the music and those behind the scenes as well as how the community banded together in the wake of the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville. Many who appear in the film talk about what makes the city so special to them even as the national spotlight turns to the city, thanks in part to ABC’s Nashville. Continue Reading


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Feb 18

WSM’s Eddie Stubbs Welcomes Don Williams to Interview Series

Don Williams

Don Williams photo by David McClister, courtesy of Sugar Hill Records.

Eddie Stubbs, host of 650 AM WSM’s evening show, will welcome Don Williams to his ‘Intimate Evening’ interview series on Monday, February 18. Taking place live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Don will be joined by his longtime producer, Garth Fundis. The special will air at 8p|7c.

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 ”When Don Williams sings, you immediately know who it is,” Eddie said. “His impressive track record of 40 years worth of hits has won him millions of fans. Don’s latest album shows that what he does still matters to the industry. This will be the first time that we’ve gotten together for an interview, and we’re sure looking forward to it. To have his long-time producer Garth Fundis join us that evening will make it even more special.”  Continue Reading


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Dec 24

2012 Rewind: No. 3 – Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

Earl Scruggs

INDIO, CA – APRIL 25: Musician Earl Scruggs performs onstage during day one of California’s Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2009 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Country Music Hall of Famer Earl Scruggs passed away at a Nashville hospital on March 28. He popularized a three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument and inspired countless musicians. He was 88.

Born in Shelby, North Carolina and raised on a farm in the Flint Hill area, Earl started playing banjo at age four after his father George, also a banjo player, died in 1928 following an illness. He and his musical partner, Lester Flatt, were the face of bluegrass in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Before that, he was a member of bluegrass creator Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Continue Reading


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