Some of the most entertaining shows at the Americana Music Festival come courtesy of their partnership with Sounds Australia. Every year, Sounds Australia sends a whole contingent of Australian roots music artists to Nashville for official Americana Showcase performances and special appearances. One such appearance that has become an Americana Festival favorite for many attendees is the annual Aussie Luncheon at Broadway's Second Fiddle, which was held Sept. 20.
While conference attendees dined on free pizza provided by the Sounds Australia crew, they also got to hear music from Damien Howard, with help from Midnight Oil bassist Bones Hillman who is currently living and working in Nashville, youthful solo artist Melody Pool, long time Americana Festival Sounds Australia favorite Catherine Britt, the legendary Bushwhackers, and Bill Chambers.
We caught up with Bushwhackers member Dobe Newton who also serves as Project Manager for the Sounds Australia crew. Having been in the business for 42 years, Newton has a unique perspective on the festival.
"I came over here in 2006 and I saw Americana and thought it would be a perfect place for all those Australian acts who don't fit in the country mainstream, so I went back and talked to a newly formed group called Sounds Australia and they said if you can go back and set it up, we'll provide a budget for you. The first year we had 6 and this year we brought 25. So it's been a great thing."
The Second Fiddle hosted a full house for short 3 song sets from each of the artists. The highlight of the day came from the legends, The Bushwhackers, whose mix of modern and traditional Australian and Celtic sounds had the crowd dancing and singing along.
Being giving types, the Aussie contigent even brought gifts for the crowd in the form of bottles of wine, boots, and hats that were given away to random audience members with Newton acting as host.
Check out the slideshow for pictures of the Sounds Australia Aussie Luncheon at the Second Fiddle.