Wednesday, August 9, 2023
– AMERICANAFEST's keynote speakers include Rosanne Cash, Lyle Lovett, Marty Stuart and Lucinda Williams at the annual conference is held Sept. 20-22 in Nashville.
Other panelists include John Leventhal, Bettye LaVette and Steve Jordan and Rufus Wainwright.
The sessions are:
Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal: The Wheel 30-Year Anniversary, Tuesday — 3 p.m. (At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater)
On the heels of launching their co-founded new record label, RumbleStrip Records, Cash and Leventhal, who are married, will take part in an interview discussing their extensive history together as artist and producer. The duo will highlight the 30th anniversary reissue of Cash's 1993 album, "The Wheel" (the couple's first collaborative effort), as well as Leventhal's upcoming solo debut. Cash is a recipient of the Americana Music Association's Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award and has won the organization's Song of the Year and Album of the Year honors. Leventhal was named Americana Music Association's Instrumentalist of the Year in 2015.
The World of Marty Stuart - Wednesday — noon.
Stuart will sit with music journalist and broadcaster David Fricke to discuss his 50-year career spanning music, photography, history, artifact collection and his latest museum project to revitalize his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss.
Becoming Lyle Lovett: A Keynote Conversation - Thursday — 10 a.m.
Lovett will provide a reflection on his songs, recordings, and international tours.
Reunited in Music: Bettye LaVette and Steve Jordan - Thursday — 1 p.m.
LaVette and Jordan will come together again to discuss their latest collaboration for her album "LaVette!" The two will discuss their accmplished careers and creative processes, plus what led to recording an album of songs by Randall Bramblett. "LaVette!" arrived in June on Jay-Vee Records, the label co-founded by Jordan and Meegan Voss.
Telling Secrets: A Conversation with Lucinda Williams - Thursday — 3 p.m.
Williams will sit down with music journalist and author Holly George-Warren to participate in a discussion about her life and career.
Friends of Folk: A Conversation with Rufus Wainwright and Emmylou Harris -
Friday — 2 p.m.
Wainwright and Harris will discuss their approach to music and storytelling.
The 23rd annual AMERICANAFEST will take place Sept. 19-23 with concerts, the awards show and the panels.