For most festivals, lineup additions made in the final two weeks leading up to the start fall into two categories; replacements for cancellations and bottom of the lineup acts to fill out the smaller stages. But the Americana Music Festival is not your usual festival. A month after releasing their “final” list of lineup additions, Americanafest surprised fans on Sept. 1 by not only adding a dozen new acts, but having those include two headliners, some Americana legends, and a number of hot rising stars on the scene.
The two names that are going to pop on the latest batch of Americanafest adds for most people are The Lumineers and Wynonna & the Big Noise. The Lumineers are just a year removed from playing the Americanafest “headline” performance at Ascend Amphitheater in 2016 and have spent the time since then on tours supporting stadium acts like U2 and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The Lumineers will play an extremely rare (and likely instantly full) club show at Americanafest Sept. 14 at Cannery Ballroom.
Wynonna & the Big Noise is the new band from country music superstar Wynonna Judd, who with her mother Naomi ruled the '80s and '90s country charts. Behind songs like “Mama, He's Crazy” and “Grandpa”, The Judds sold over 20 million albums. The Big Noise is Wynonna's return to her roots and her introduction into the Americana genre. Wynonna & the Big Noise will perform at 3rd & Lindsley on Sept. 13.
For those looking for long-time Americana legends, the final dozen had plenty to celebrate as well. Texas-based outlaw Ray Wylie Hubbard will make an appearance in support of his just released new album Tell the Devil That I'm Getting There As Fast As I Can. Hubbard is an acknowledged mentor of many current Americana favorites such as Hayes Carll. Hubbard will perform at Americanafest on Sept. 14 at Music City Roots.
Another legend getting a late add is Joe Henry. Known equally as an artist, songwriter, and Grammy-winning producer, Henry most recently appeared at Americanafest in 2016 alongside Billy Bragg to promote their collaborative album. Henry's performance date and venue have not been announced yet.
Rounding out the additions is a slate of rising stars on the Americana scene. Irish sibling duo I Draw Slow will bring their Celtic take on Americana to The Station Inn on Sept. 16. Rocker and Staind frontman Aaron Lewis will show off his Americana chops at 3rd & Lindsley on Sept. 13. Rounding out the list of additions is Lydia Luce, Michaela Anne, Eliot Bronson, Grizlee Train, Dawn Landes, and Joe Pug.
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