The Americana Music Association has announced the second round of additions to its Americana Music Festival and Conference 2014 today. Joining a lineup that already includes Paul Thorn, The Fairfield Four, and Lee Ann Womack, the additions include a mix of Americanafest veterans and rising stars on the scene.
Heading up the list of artist additions are three artists nominated for 2014 Americana Music Awards. Rising superstar Robert Ellis is tied with Jason Isbell and Rosanne Cash for the most nominations at three. Ellis is nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for his "Lights from the Chemical Plant." 2014 Duo/Group of the Year nominees Devil Makes Three also join the list of Americana Showcase artists performing. Devil Makes Three's unique brand of punk-tinged folk rock has made them a popular festival draw. Sturgill Simpson, nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year, was one of the breakout success stories of last year's Americana Music Festival and his addition this year is sure to be even more popular, with his 2014 release "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music pushing genre boundaries.
These three bring the list of Americana Music Awards nominees set to perform at nine, with nominees Buddy Miller, Sarah Jarosz, Lake Street Dive, The Avett Brothers, Todd Snider (of Hard Working Americans), and Parker Millsap already announced. Also among the Showcase artist additions is Americana Music Awards show host Jim Lauderdale.
Other veteran Americanafest favorites added to the lineup with this announcement are gospel soul rocker Mike Farris, "Mercyland" bandleader Phil Madeira, Americana supergroup Willie Sugarcapps, and Elizabeth Cook. Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat was another major addition. Rising stars joining the lineup include Truth & Salvage Co., The Black Lillies, and Humming House.
The Americana Music Festival and Conference will be held Sept. 17-21 at the Hutton Hotel and in clubs and venues throughout Nashville. Full conference registrations are on sale now, with prices set to rise on August 4. Festival wristbands, which allow entry into the night time concerts, will begin selling in August. You can see the full lineup of Americana Showcase performers here.