Country Music at the White House; AMA Festival Sets Attendance Record; The Mountain Music Project Links Appalachia and Nepal

Juli Thanki | November 17th, 2011

  • Country music will be played at the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday, November 21, as Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Lyle Lovett and others sing as part of the “Performance at the White House” series. The hour-long program premieres on PBS 11/23; check local listings.
  • Rodney Atkins will perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1.
  • Mark your calendars: the 2012 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference will be held in Nashville from September 12-15. This year’s festival and conference set a record with 10,000 fans, 300 performing artists, and 1,000 industry professionals attending over the four-day shindig.
  • The Band Perry has been added to the Grammy nominations concert lineup. The show will be held November 30.
  • Terri Clark announced dates for her Roots and Wings Unplugged Tour, which is slated to start in February.
  • Troy Verges, who had a hand in songs like “Drugs or Jesus,” “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway,” and “I’ve Forgotten You,” is the newest entry in American Songwriter’s Nashville Songwriter Series. 
  • Fiddling mad scientist Casey Driessen will embark on The Singularity Tour, a “sonic adventure,” next year. Take a sneak peek here.
  • The Mountain Music Project: A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya recently started a Kickstarter page to raise funds to release their documentary and companion CD. View the trailer over at Bluegrass Today; it’s pretty neat.
  • Los Angeles is Gram Parsons Country. (The article also includes a link to a petition to get Parsons inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.)
  1. Blake Boldt
    November 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Americana Fest begins on my birthday. They shouldn’t have. :)

  2. Rick
    November 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Really enjoyed the Gram Parsons article in No Depression. That picture has him standing in front of the still open Burrito King fast food joint on Sunset Blvd in Echo Park. That is fitting since most of the current LA based Americana artists mentioned in the article perform just down the street at the Grand Ole Echo free shows on Sunday afternoons (between April and September). In fact the 2011 GOE season closed with the “Gram Fest” Gram Parsons tribute show. He is definitely not a forgotten or obscure artist out he in LaLa Land.

    Gosh, I just don’t understand why Hank Jr., Charlie Daniels, Darryl Worley, and Aaron Tippin aren’t part of that “Country At The White House” concert? Hmm….

    I really think the Americana Festival needs to become a traveling road show each year! My nominee for the choice location in 2012 is Los Angeles! Imagine that…(lol)

    How come we don’t get a “Love’em or Hate ‘em” vote on Jonny Corndawg? Crikey!

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