Scene and Heard

ACL Presents: Americana Festival Hits a Home Run With Viewers

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on December 7, 2011

(Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Patty Griffin perform during the 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards show.  Photo by Erika Goldring)


For Immediate Release:

Nashville, Tennessee – December 6, 2011 – “ ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival hit the right chord with PBS viewers reaching over two million households during its November 19-21 airing, making it the third highest-rated episode this year.  In addition, the hour-long special resulted in an impressive 9% Soundscan sales increase for the artists who were featured in the show.
The program, hosted by Jim Lauderdale with an all-star band led by Buddy Miller, features performances by Robert PlantEmmylou HarrisGregg AllmanAlison Krauss, Justin Townes Earle, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Candi Staton, Lucinda WilliamsElizabeth CookThe Civil WarsJessica Lea Mayfield, Miller andLauderdale.  Called “the best awards show in the world” by Paste Magazine, the show, sponsored by Nissan, was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on October 13, 2011 during the sold-out 10th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards show.
“We’re thrilled that the music we treasure is also loved and appreciated by the public,” says Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners than Nashville Public Television president and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere, and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience.”
In addition to the ratings success, the show’s promotion through traditional and social media platforms had a reach estimated in the millions.  Meanwhile, “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” is currently the most viewed ACL episode on the website. ( click here to view the show).

Other benchmarks according to

  • 10K streams since it was released on on 11/19/11
  • The most popular ACL episode on from 11/19/11 – 12/1/11 (out of the 7 full episodes available)
  • The 27th most popular video on from 11/19/11 – 12/1/11
The show, described by Emmylou Harris as “the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere,” was filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its president Martin Fischer and Lickona. For photos, clips and more information about the show, clickhere.
Performance Rundown:
  • Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was / I’ll Fly Away, “O’ Brother” Tribute Performance
  • The Avett Brothers / The Once And Future Carpenter
  • Lucinda Williams / Blessed
  • Amos Lee / Cup of Sorrow
  • Elizabeth Cook / El Camino
  • The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow
  • Justin Townes Earle / Harlem River Blues
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield / For Today
  • Buddy Miller / Gasoline And Matches
  • Candi Staton / Heart On A String
  • Jim Lauderdale / Life By Numbers
  • Robert Plant / Monkey
  • Gregg Allman / Melissa
About the Americana Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan
The 2012 Americana Music Festival and conference will take place Wednesday September 12 – 15, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The event brings together fans and music industry executives alike offering four days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery-recharging showcases each evening.  The Honors and Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For more information and to purchase conference registrations visit
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.
About ACL Presents: 
ACL Presents is music programming created by, or in association with, KLRU, the producers of Austin City Limits (ACL).  ACL Presents programming includes television specials, live events, web series and recorded music presentations and is made in the spirit and standards of the legendary PBS series Austin City Limits, the longest-running live music series in television history. ACL Presents collaborations have included: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass with KQED and Americana Music Festival with Nashville Public Television (NPT). For more information please
About Nashville Public Television 
Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.4 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. The mission of NPT is to provide, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which there by help improve the lives of those we serve.  For more information please visit

Americanafest Announced 2012 Dates Following Most Successful Event Ever

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 17, 2011
The Americana Music Association has chosen September 12-15, 2012 for their annual Festival & Conference, which will take place once again in Nashville, Tennessee.  The announcement comes on the heels of the not for profit music association’s most successful and critically acclaimed event ever.  The Americana Honors & Awards show is, according to theWall Street Journal, “a night in which singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write came together to acknowledge their debt to great, unfettered American music and renew their pledge to take it forward with honesty and integrity.”
Musical segments of the Americana Honors & Awards show will appear on PBS nationwide during a special presentation: ” ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” beginning November 19 in the Austin City Limits timeslot.
Fueled by musical legends, the next generation of stars and music industry heavyweights, the 2011 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, saw over 10,000 fans, over 300 performing artists and more than 1,000 music industry professionals, all of whom participated in the unparalleled four day celebration of  American Roots inspired music.
The most significant increase in attendance took place at the conference portion of this year’s event, where industry professionals and artists gathered for a series of educational workshops and seminars.  Peaking at over 1,130 attendees, a 25% gain over last year, registration for the conference has now increased by a staggering 35% since 2009. The 2011 Festival & Conference also stimulated a boost in new AMA memberships, with a 13% increase in members in the last 12 months. Membership now stands at 1356.
The Americana daytime conference, located primarily at the Nashville Downtown Sheraton Hotel, featured 47 unique events divided into educational panels, workshops and
musical presentations.  The conference expanded it’s outreach into the Nashville community partnering with the Country Music Hall and Fame Museum, Musician’s Corner, the Tinney Contemporary Gallery, the Southern Festival of Books, the Hard Rock Cafe and the Second Fiddle.
Highlights of this year’s event included the Keynote Address from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, an Americana curated-lineup with Nanci Griffith headlined at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park, a gallery exhibit and performance by Steve Forbert, and a stacked panel discussion titled “Land of 1000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals,” featuring pioneering producers, songwriters and musicians who contributed to the acclaimed recordings birthed there.
By evening, the Festival portion of the annual event showcased nearly 100 of Americana’s
best acts, including a diverse mix of both legends and the next generation of stars.  Attendance increased proportionately with thousands of fans and conference attendees packing houses at all five participating venues through the purchase of festival wristbands or limited general admission purchases.
The association’s capstone event, the Americana Music Honors & Awards show sold out the Ryman Auditorium for the first time in its ten-year history.  The program was broadcast live on Nashville Public Television (WNPT-Channel 8), and for the first time in the event’s history, will be broadcast nationwide by PBS.  “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” is set to air on Saturday November 19th (check your local listings).

“This year’s event reflects the growing national and international popularity of the Americana genre,” says Americana Executive Director Jed Hilly.  “That artists like Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Lucinda Williams along with industry leaders like Neil Portnow, Rich Bengloff and Michael Huppe have flown to Nashville to be a part of our community is a huge honor.”  Hilly added, “What’s really exciting is the attendance of the genre’s next generation at both the festival and conference portions of our event – from the Avett Brothers to Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Civil Wars, and the hundreds of
other new artists and younger fans eager to understand the new music landscape and
experience great live music.  The Americana future is bright.”

Following the enormous success of Americanfest 2011, the association will conduct its annual Board of Directors elections and will focus on increasing its already broad appeal nationally and internationally in 2012.
Become A Friend of  Facebook!
Follow us on Twitter!