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Watch Tanya Tucker, Molly Tuttle, Rising Appalachia And More Live From AmericanaFest

Sponsored by the Americana Music Association, the 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference features a broad range of music showcases from diverse musicians in alt-country, roots-rock, bluegrass, R&B, blues, folk and singer-songwriters, as well as dozens of daytime industry panels.

Produced jointly by WMOT Roots Radio, NPR Music, World Cafe and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) the 2019 AmericanaFest Day Stage will host a modern day parade of roots and country music greats from The Local in Nashville. Performances will be broadcast on WMOT with video webcasts on NPR Music and World Cafe via VuHaus.

Watch all the performances in the player above and check out the complete schedule (Central Time) and daily artist spotlights from WMOT below.

Americana Fest 2019 Day Stage Schedule


WMOT Artists Spotlight: Friday, Sept. 13

12 p.m.: Della Mae

Della Mae formed in Boston in 2009, when fiddle player/vocalist Kimber Ludiker reached out to Celia Woodsmith (lead vocals, guitar), Jenni Lyn Gardner (mandolin, vocals) and Courtney Hartman (guitar, banjo, vocals) to start a new band. The band hit the road hard, averaging 220 days on the road each year, and released its debut I Built This Heart in 2011. They subsequently signed with Rounder, who released This World Of Can Be, which earned a Grammy nomination for best bluegrass album. Since then, the band has added a bass player, Zoe Guigueno, took a brief hiatus, and regrouped to release The Butcher Shop EP (Rounder) in March. The group will tour this fall with Steve Martin and Martin Short. 

1 p.m.: Rising Appalachia

Sisters Leah (vocals, banjo) and Chloe (vocals, guitar, fiddle, banjo) Smith make up Rising Appalachia, the duo that released five self-produced albums without support from a label, instead relying upon crowdfunding to bring its multifaceted Southern Appalachian-inspired music to the masses. As world travelers, the Smith sisters have incorporated a wide variety of influences and instruments into their music. For its latest offering, Leylines, the duo enlisted Joe Henry to produce the album, which blurs the lines between folk, urban and world music. On and off stage, the Smith sisters are vocal activists, advocating for social justice, environmental justice, racial justice and indigenous rights through music and partnerships with like-minded organizations.

2 p.m.: Che Apalache

North Carolina native and fiddle player Joe Troop traveled and played music around the world before finding his bandmates and a fresh sound when he moved to Argentina in 2010. Troop was teaching bluegrass to musicians in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he found a musical kinship with a few of his students, Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin). Together they formed Che Apalache, exploring what they dubbed “Latingrass.” The group’s recent release, Rearrange My Heart, was produced by banjo legend Béla Fleck and released via Free Dirt Records. 

3 p.m.: Aubrie Sellers

Nashville-based Aubrie Sellers recently released her latest single, the ferocious “Drag You Down,” a preview from her forthcoming sophomore effort. After the release of her lauded 2016 debut, New City Blues (Carnival/Thirty Tigers), Sellers has carved out a niche in what she calls “garage-country,” a stark contrast to the commercial country that her mother, Lee Ann Womack, is famous for. Sellers’ influences draw from classic rock as much as country, and she’s built her musical career the old-fashioned way, by hitting the road and tirelessly refining her songwriting. If “Drag You Down” is any indication, her second album will be another raw, soulful offering that’s simultaneously easy on the ears.

4 p.m.: Molly Tuttle

Molly Tuttle was the first woman to be named International Bluegrass Association’s Guitar Player of the Year in 2017 — an award she won again in 2018. Though she’s only 26 years old, she’s also been honored by the Americana Music Association (Instrumentalist of the Year in 2018), and by the Folk Alliance International (Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name” in 2018). The Nashville transplant may be famous for her flatpicking guitar technique, but she’s also a gifted songwriter and singer, as evidenced on her debut 2017 EP, Rise, and her 2019 full-length album, When You’re Ready, both released on Compass Records. 

5 p.m.: Tanya Tucker

Outlaw country legend Tanya Tucker  returns with her first album of new material since 2002’s Tanya. Released Aug. 23, 2019, While I’m Livin’ (Fantasy Records) was produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings and features songs primarily composed by Carlile and Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Carlile’s longtime collaborators and bandmates. While I’m Livin’ marks the iconic artist’s 25th release, and was recently lauded by The New Yorker as “the best record of Tucker’s career.”

Concerts : NPR