NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Visit Mississippi, the state tourism office of Mississippi, is partnering with the Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, to present a Mississippi theme at the 15th annual event. As part of the five-day conference, Mississippi musicians, writers and advocates will be featured as part of panel discussions, musical showcases and exhibitions.
“This partnership is all about promoting Mississippi as a destination for music travel in the Southeast,” said Malcolm White, Visit Mississippi director. “The Americana Music Association offers high-quality programming during their annual conference and festival, gathering thousands of music lovers, musicians, writers and promoters in one place to celebrate Americana music, a genre we believe has grown out of Mississippi’s blues and country roots.”
As part of the 15th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, Visit Mississippi, in partnership with Visit Oxford, will present the first out-of-state edition of Thacker Mountain Radio, which will be recorded live from the conference venue at the Hutton Hotel in downtown Nashville. This special edition of Thacker Mountain Radio will feature Mississippi artists the Como Mamas, Cary Hudson and Dent May. Author Jim Rooney will be the featured writer and will read from his book “Bossmen”. As always, the show will feature host Jim Dees and house band, the Yalobushwhackers. The Thacker Mountain Radio showcase is free and open to the public, and will take place on Friday, September 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Hutton Ballroom.
Many of Visit Mississippi’s partner convention and visitors bureaus will participate in the conference expo, sharing travel and tourism information with conference attendees. Connecting the musical lineage of Mississippi and Nashville is the root of the Visit Mississippi and Americana Music Association partnership. Efforts to erect the final marker of the first phase of the Mississippi Country Music Trail in Nashville are in place, and will be the capstone in connecting these important regions of roots music.
A panel titled “Mississippi Rising: The Melting Pot of American Music” will feature Bob Santelli of the Grammy Museum, White, writer/radio personality Scott Barretta, author Holly George Warren and two-time GRAMMY-award winning artist Cassandra Wilson. A special Q&A with Mississippi-born Marty Stuart will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, followed by an evening of Mississippi Music at the legendary Nashville music venue, 3rd & Lindsley. A conference registration or festival wristband is required to attend the panel discussion, Q&A and music showcase.
The 15th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, a “smaller, rootsier version of South by Southwest” (New York Times), will take place Sept. 17-21, 2014 in Nashville, kicked off by the 13th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on Sept. 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium.