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Artists Named For Americana Music Association Conference September 23-25

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Americana Music Association's lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 2004 annual Americana Music Association Conferencehas been released. The 5th annual event will be held from September 23-25 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville with evening showcases to be held at the Mercy Lounge, Station Inn and 12th & Porter.

Artists to perform during the conference include Adrienne Young & Little Sadie, Anne McCue, Arthur Godfrey, Asleep at the Wheel, the Avett Brothers, Bernie Leadon, Billy Joe Shaver, BR549, Bruce Robison, Buddy Miller, Burrito Deluxe, Chris Hillman, Dan Colehour, Dave Alvin, Delbert McClinton, the Greencards, Grey DeLisle, Gurf Morlix, Jackie Greene, James Talley, Jason Ringenberg, Jay Farrar, Jon Dee Graham, Junior Brown, Kate Campbell, King Wilkie, Lori McKenna, Mando Saenz, Mark Erelli, Melonie Cannon, Michelle Shocked, Mindy Smith, Moot Davis & Pete Anderson, Mountain Heart, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Shawn Camp, Slaid Cleaves, Tift Merritt, Todd Snider, Tom Gillam, Tony Joe White and Troy Johnson.

In addition, new and emerging artists have been selected from over 500 submissions received this year and will be been offered a performance slot at this year’s event. They include Ben Weaver, Boris McCutcheon, Carlos Guitarlos, the Hosty Duo, Jen Cass, Jenny Whiteley, Korby Lenker, the Mammals, Nels Andrews, and Otis Gibbs. Alternates include AJ Roach, Audrey Auld, Greg Spradlin and Polecat Creek.

The first Americana Trade Show will be presented during the 2004 Americana Conference. Already nearly 50 companies have signed up to exhibit their goods or services during the event. A full list of confirmed exhibitors is available at in the ‘Conference’ section.

This year’s Songwriter workshop will feature Bruce Robison, Radney Foster and Cowboy Jack Clement, and will be moderated by Frank Liddell of Carnival Music. The 90 minute session will feature performances, stories and insight on how to make a living as a songwriter and Americana artist without having to compromise your music. Additional panel topics this year will cover non-traditional marketing, technology & digital music, touring, management, DVD production/sales, publicity, radio and more.

Jim Lauderdale will host the 2004 Americana Honors and Awards Show to be held September 24 at the Nashville Convention Center. The show will honor merit and achievement within the Americana music genre with five annual awards in the categories of Artist, Album, Song, Instrumentalist and the newly created New/Emerging artist of the year. Five additional achievement awards will be presented during the show to individuals who have been tremendously influential to the Americana genre and industry.

The 2004 Americana Music Association Conference is sponsored in part by Gibson/Baldwin, BMI, Welk Music Group, The First Amendment Center, echomusic, No Depression, SESAC, Lost Highway, Emergent Music Marketing, Harp Magazine, Paste Magazine, ASCAP, Rounder Records, Dreamworks, Americdisc, New West Records, Gudvi, Sussman & Oppenheim, Merlefest, Texas Music Magazine, Music Row Publications, Haber Corporation, Oh Boy, Singer Magazine, Sonicbids, Al Moss Promotion, Blue Corn Music, Western Beat, Songlines, the Musician’s Atlas, American Songwriter, Performing Songwriter, International Songwriting Competition and Gritz. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen