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  • 14 May 2019 10:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are so proud to read these nominees for the 2019 Americana Honors and Awards. Former AMA-UK Artist Of The Year Yola is nominated for both Album Of The Year and Emerging Artist and this year's AMA-UK Song Of The Year nominee Jade Bird receives a nomination for Emerging Artist.

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
    To the Sunset, Amanda Shires, produced by Dave Cobb
    The Tree, Lori McKenna, produced by Dave Cobb
    The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine, produced by Dave Cobb
    Walk Through Fire, Yola, produced by Dan Auerbach

    ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
    Brandi Carlile
    Rhiannon Giddens
    Kacey Musgraves
    Mavis Staples

    DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR:
    I’m With Her
    Our Native Daughters
    Tedeschi Trucks Band
    The War and Treaty

    EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR:
    Jade Bird
    J.S. Ondara
    Erin Rae
    The War and Treaty
    Yola

    INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR:
    Chris Eldridge
    Eamon McLoughlin
    Chris Powell
    Michael Rinne

    SONG OF THE YEAR:
    “By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell & Josh Ritter, written by Mark Erelli
    “Mockingbird,” Ruston Kelly, written by Ruston Kelly
    “People Get Old,” Lori McKenna, written by Lori McKenna
    “Summer’s End,” John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine

    In addition, the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be announced leading up to the event. The Milk Carton Kids and Mavis Staples unveiled this year’s nominations in Nashville.

    The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Americanafest runs from Sept. 10-15. Tickets for the Americana Honors & Awards are currently only available for purchase by Americanafest conference registrants.


  • 8 May 2019 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to welcome Lara Baker to the AMA-UK board.  Lara joined the team as a freelancer in 2018 to direct the 2019 Conference.  We are very happy she will now be working with the board to share her wealth of expertise from across the music industry and music events to the AMA-UK. Read Full Bio


    We are also delighted to have Sarah Wainman back on the board. Sarah joined the board in 2014 but had to take a sabbatical due to her workload.  Luckily for us she is back with her event organising and industry expertise. Read full Bio

    Finally, we are very happy to say Luke Hill has now become an executive board member - Luke has been a fantastic addition to the board since 2017 and is going to be brilliant on the executive. Read full Bio

    Meet the team here 

  • 7 May 2019 10:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Wade Bowen has announced an eight day tour of the UK and Germany with Jamie Freeman opening.

    Full tour details here 

    • London 30th July @ Borderline
    • Bristol 31st July @ The Louisiana
    • Manchester 1st Aug @ Gullivers
    • Glasgow 2nd Aug @ Oran Mor
    • Hamburg 3rd Aug @ Nachtwache
    • Berlin 4th Aug @ PrivatClub
    • Munich 5th Aug @ Folks Club
    • Cologne 6th Aug @ Blue Shell

    Both these artists were hits at AmericanaFest UK this year and we are delighted to be able to offer our members discounted tickets to three of the UK dates thanks to our friends at DHP: London, Bristol and Manchester – log into the members area to access the discount links.



  • 7 May 2019 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2020 is the fifth anniversary of AmericanaFest UK in London and we are really excited to share some news with you:

    • The UK Americana Awards this year in the Iconic, grade 11 listed, art deco music venue The TROXY in east London.
    • 3 Day Conference in Hackney Central (venue TBC)
    • 2 nights of AmericanaFest showcase festival with up to 55 artists from across the UK, EU and beyond.  All in 5 venues across Hackney Central   

    Super Early Bird Tickets (50% off final price)  will be on sale really soon, members will receive a discount -  so make sure your membership is up-to-date.




  • 24 Apr 2019 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION UK & KEYCHANGE- INSPIRED, FEMALE-LED ACOUSTIC STAGE LINE-UP FEATURING…

     SUNNY OZELL - BIRDS OF CHICAGO - FIONA BEVAN - JAMBALAYA BAND - CARSON MCHONE - THE SOUTHERN FOLD - LUCY KITT – WOOKALILY - WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR -LISA REDFORD - MISTY RIVER -MARTHA HEALY

     ..curated by New York singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell and inspired by the AMA-UK Keychange pledge -  that aims for gender balance in music.

    As Red Rooster festival heads towards its 6th edition at the end of May, this renowned champion of the very best in Rock’n’ Roll, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country music, is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with the Americana Music Association UK and New York singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell, who will be curating as well as headlining the female-led acoustic AMA UK stage on Friday 31st May.  It comes with a very important message and action that Red Rooster festival is honoured to support.

    Sunny Ozell:

    "I am extremely proud to be a part of the Americana Music Association UK / Keychange-inspired stage at the Red Rooster festival.  Right in step with the changes we're seeing in all walks of life (from business to the film industry to government), Keychange aims to reach a 50/50 balance of gender representation in the music industry, particularly at festivals.  I've been a musician, and a woman, all my life.  I could talk about what that has been like, but wouldn't it be better to hear me express myself through my music and my craft?  Representation matters--when diverse voices are given a platform to be heard, the full richness of the human experience just might be within our grasp.  Come to the AMAUK PRS Keychange-inspired stage and take in the power of women's voices."

    Stevie Freeman:

    “This year the AMA-UK were excited to be asked to do something special at Red Rooster Festival, to curate a PRS Keychange-inspired stage, this is a pledge with PRS that AMA-UK have signed to have 50/50 gender balance by 2022.  We are really delighted to have been given this opportunity to share awareness of Keychange by the Red Rooster team.  We have teamed up with the American artist Sunny Ozell to host and curate the line-up and shine a light on the strong female representation in this genre. It’s not just about giving opportunities to female artists but also demonstrating to audiences that women are equally valid on festival line-ups and for aspiring female artists to see those women on stage and be inspired.”

    Stevie Freeman CEO Americana Music Association UK

     Sunny Ozell, the New York City songstress, developed her craft over a decade plus of performing and collaborating with some of the city's best session musicians.  With this same tight-knit community of seasoned players, she honed her sound. Sunny's powerful voice effortlessly weaves together the elements of jazz, blues, and Americana roots that infuse her music.  Her upcoming record "Overnight Lows" showcases Sunny's growth as a lyricist and reveals a skilled singer in search of depth and expression.

    Birds of Chicago have been riding a wave of good mojo in the Americana world since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both validate that roots buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world. The invitation is joyous, but urgent … call it “secular gospel,” or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost.

    Fiona Bevan is a British-Canadian songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Suffolk, UK with a sweet, fiery voice and a soulful folk-pop sound creating "startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined" (The Guardian).  Her new EP, ‘Wild Angels Sweet Demons’, was produced by Grammy award-winning engineer Robin Baynton (Mumford And Sons, Laura Marling, Isaac Gracie) and went straight to number 3 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart in November 2018.

    The Jambalaya Band have been making a name for themselves as the hottest honky tonk band in London. After setting up their own honky tonk at The Blues Kitchen in Camden they’ve got everyone shaking off their blues in true country style. Featuring Pedal Steel, Telecaster, Fiddle and female harmonies, these guys and gals mean business.

    Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country.

    A consummate songwriter and superbly accomplished folk player and singer, Essex born Lucy Kitt’s creative soul looks west across the Atlantic. Taking inspiration from the classic 70’s folk rock of Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Lucy’s signature sound evokes LA’s legendary Laurel Canyon at its height. One to watch!

    Misty River are an Americana band from London with roots in the west coast of Ireland and the US.  They are set to release their first single on 14th June from their debut EP ‘Promises’  mixed in Nashville by Grammy award winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Elle King). Their songs feature in Oscar winning film The Phone Call as well as new US film Extra Innings. They combine sweet harmony vocals intertwined with dobro, electric guitar and songwriting firmly rooted in classic alt country, roots and blues.

    Red Rooster tickets are on sale now, one of the best value festivals out there at just £69.50 + booking fee for the whole weekend, which includes 3 nights of camping and parking FREE. Kids under 12 are free as always… Get your ticket while you can HERE



  • 16 Apr 2019 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hopefully you will have all been to see the film Wild Rose by now, it opened across the country last Friday.  Starring the brilliant Jessie Buckley with cameo roles from both Bob Harris and his long time Radio 2 show producer Mark Hagen.  Some of the sound track was recorded in Nashville at Room & Board studios, produced by Ray Kennedy and features backing vocals from AMA-UK board member Siobhan Kennedy.

    So to celebrate all of this we have a little bit of midweek fun for you!  Log in and click through to enter the competition with two simple questions linked to our awards - the winner will be chosen at random from the correct entries and will receive a signed poster and soundtrack from the film

    NOW CLOSED  - winners will be notified by email by Wednesday 1st May

    Open to all members types - log in to take part , closes on Friday 26th Midnight.




  • 16 Apr 2019 11:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    photo credit: Stevie Freeman

    A brand new TV  series about Nashville is in the making,  and the producers are looking for songs - this is where AMA-UK members opportunity come in…

    The first song they are looking for must have a strong Nashville connection - so either a positive song about the city of Nashville, a place in Nashville or Tennessee to give you an example the lyrics to Crazy Town by Jason Aldean work perfectly.

    or

    it could also be a song with one or more of these criteria:

    • Making it  in music in Nashville maybe something like Bright Lights on Broadway ?
    • Song writing 
    • Playing music
    • Living the music dream  or being born to dream ? Chasin’ That Neon rainbow by Alan Jackson is a good lyrical reference
    • The artist needs to be either living in Nashville, or from Nashville or have recorded the track whilst in Nashville 
    • The song can be: acapella, gospel, Americana , country, roots  the producers like the idea of something old fashioned.

    NOW CLOSED - the artist selected will be contacted by the TV production company


  • 16 Apr 2019 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Produced by festival and theatre show specialists Fit The Bill, in association with The Blackpool Entertainment Company, the event will be unique in focusing primarily on the best of British Country and Americana artists, promoting the wealth of talent in the UK that is now making Nashville sit up and take notice.

    The Festival will run from 13th to the 15th Sept and the AMA-UK stage will be on the 14th daytime 


    Support artists include Laura Oakes, Megan O’Neill, The Adelaides, Worry Dolls, Blair Dunlop, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Danny McMahon and Jake Morrell. The festival will include performances on five stages in and around the Winter Gardens complex and it is anticipated that around 100 performers will participate in the event over the long weekend.

    Martin Blore, Executive Producer from Fit The Bill said: “This is a very exciting time for British Country and Americana music. This genre is synonymous with Nashville, but the Brits are breaking barriers, creating their own style of country music and attracting fans from all over the world. Our home-grown talent is also achieving mainstream chart success and we felt it was a good time to create a festival that celebrates British Country and Americana artists.”

    He added: “We also want to provide a public platform for talented, emerging artists whose music needs a wider audience and we will be inviting music industry colleagues to come and enjoy the Making Waves stages.”

    The spectacular indoor setting of the Winter Gardens Blackpool enables music lovers to ditch the need for tents in favour of local accommodation providers, or the comfort of their own homes.

    Michael Williams, Managing Director of Blackpool Entertainment Company and operators of the Winter Gardens added: “The Winter Gardens has attracted some of the greatest music artists over the years from Ed Sheeran to The Shires and we’ve hosted events including the Blackpool Dance Championships and The International Soul Festival. With the addition of the new £25m conference centre next year, it’s the perfect time for The British Country Music Festival to launch here and grow to include seminars and workshops.”

    FESTIVAL TICKETS HERE


  • 29 Mar 2019 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This opportunity has now closed - Thank you to everyone who applied- successful applicants will hear from the festival soon. 

    We are delighted to be working with The Long Road again and to give our members the opportunity to apply to play on the Front Porch on Friday 6th September 2019.  

    Festival information here 


    Back for it's second year The Long Road is so much more than just a music festival; enjoy good times in the great outdoors, including BBQs, bushcraft, holistic therapies, well being workshops, a Classic American Car Show, artisan crafts, an awesome kids area & much more. 

    Tickets HERE


  • 14 Mar 2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NOW CLOSED the artists who are selected will be contacted in the next week.


    SummerTyne Americana Festival 2019 is back for its 14th edition, the excellent SummerTyne 2019 will take place on the sunny South Bank of the River Tyne 19-21 July in Newcastle Gateshead across the full site at Sage Gateshead. Celebrating the finest American roots and country music, this feel good festival brings together some legendary artists with a whole bunch of rising stars for a weekend long party and is this year headlined by the legendary KD Lang! 

    More festival details HERE


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