Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Nashville skyline

NASHVILLE -- Back in Nashville for the annual Americana Music Association conference. More than 1,000 musicians, promoters, record label reps, radio celebs, music journalists and fans gather here to celebrate Americana music, even if they still can't easily define it.

That's OK. It's a big tent. Roots music. Alt-country. Newgrass. Rebel country. Honky-tonk. The label covers a multiple of styles, as long as the music is from the heart and unplastic. Yeah, I know that's not a word.

There are daily conference sessions on topics like Building Fan Relationships and Pitching Music for TV and film. But the best part involves the nightly showcases at four main intimate venues (and a few spin-offs) with different music every hour from 8 or so until after 1 a.m.

(News flash: Tennessee is NOT an indoor clean air state.)

Stay tuned for more from the AMAs, concluding Friday night with an all-star concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium and the AMA awards.

(News flash: It's a state law that every Nashville restaurant has to serve BBQ. No, really, it is. Fortunately, it's all good.)

- Michael K, TBPAC

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