The 2021 return of the Americana Music Festival and Conference will be held in Nashville on September 22-25, with eight All Eyes Media artists performing. Artists returning to Americanafest include Hayes Carll, Langhorne Slim, John Craigie, TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Daniel Donato, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Jack Broadbent and Companion, who will be making their debut performance at the event this year. There will also be a special screening of the film Hard Luck Love Song, based on the Todd Snider song “Just Like Old Times.” See information on all artists and events below.
For a complete list of our artists’ schedules and events during Americana week, click HERE.
HARD LUCK LOVE SONG
Film Screening at Belcourt Theatre on Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 7:00pm
Post Screening Q&A with Todd Snider and
Filmmakers Justin Corsbie & Allison Smith
Based on the seminal storytelling song, “Just Like Old Times,” by acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Todd Snider, Hard Luck Love Song is described as ‘a crime thriller wrapped inside a haunting love story wrapped inside a neo-noir western.’ The film stars Michael Dorman (Amazon’s Patriot), Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding), Brian Sacca (The Wolf of Wall Street), Melora Walters (Boogie Nights), Academy Award-Nominee Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight) and hip-hop icon RZA (Wu-Tang Clan).
With songs inspired by writer/director Justin Corsbie’s youth married to current Americana music, the film poetically captures a love letter to the music scene of Austin and modern Americana music. Hard Luck Love Song is being released by Roadside Attractions exclusively in theaters October 15th.
Official Showcase at the Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, September 23 @ 11:00pm
“…it’s songwriting that doesn’t pander to mainstream country, alt-country, so-called Americana, indie-folk, or what-have you. It just tells its story.” ★★★★ – Rolling Stone
Two-time Americana Music Award-winner and Grammy nominated troubadour, Hayes Carll returns to Americanafest ahead of the October 29th release of his new album You Get It All (Dualtone Music).You Get It All, Carll’s eighth album, is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2019 release What It Is, which held the #1 spot on the Americana chart for six weeks and remained in the top five for 20 weeks, while the single “None Ya” held the #1 position for eight consecutive weeks. The album received high praise from the press ranging from Entertainment Weekly to The Wall Street Journal to NPR Music to Rolling Stone. Listen to new single “She’ll Come Back To Me” from You Get It All HERE. For more information about Hayes Carll, Click Here.
Official Showcase at The Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, September 23 @ 11:00pm
“Slim—beloved by Americana listeners for his frank, rugged folk songs—delivers perhaps his most serious work yet on ‘Mansion’.” – Paste
In January 2021, Langhorne Slim released his most personal and revealing work to date with Strawberry Mansion (Dualtone Music). Over the course of 19 songs, the celebrated singer/songwriter thoughtfully and artistically articulated his struggles with debilitating anxiety and depression, and shared the beauty and clarity that came through his journey. His album was a message of hope, healing and the belief that we are all connected. Strawberry Mansion may be his most important and celebrated work to date, and so many connected deeply with it. Langhorne Slim was featured on NPR All Things Considered and garnered unanimous critical praise that included The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Country, Paste, Magnet, Flood, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine and so many more. Listen to the poignant “Morning Prayer” HERE. For more information about Langhorne Slim, Click Here.
TK & THE HOLY KNOW-NOTHINGS
Official Showcase at Mercy Lounge on Thursday, September 23 @ 7:00pm
“… Kingman’s voice sounds like it could rip through a 200-foot-tall Douglas fir tree.” – Oregon Public Broadcasting
Portland, Oregon’s TK & The Holy Know-Nothings returns to AmericanaFest in advance of the band’s much anticipated sophomore album The Incredible Heat Machine out October 15th (Mama Bird Recording Co.). The band is led by frontman Taylor Kingman, whose equally irreverent, delicate and cerebral first-person narratives somehow merge seamlessly with the group’s bar band ethos. The Incredible Heat Machine takes the band’s *half-facetiously* self-described “psychedelic doom boogie” and delves further into the struggles of the working-class musician with themes of substance abuse and redemption, companionship and salvation and the ever-present shadow of disillusionment. TK & The Holy Know-Nothings were featured as New Artist Of The Week this week at Holler. Watch the video for track “Bottom of the Bottle” HERE, and listen to newest song “Hell of a Time” HERE. For more information about TK & The Holy Know-Nothings, Click Here.
Official Showcase at ONE at Cannery on Friday, September 24 @ 8:30pm
“…the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.”
– The Stranger
Indie-folk singer/songwriter John Craigie is back on the road where he shines brightest, displaying his articulate songwriting, telling his candid stories and humorous anecdotes and leaving everything on the stage. Unable to tour after the release of his 2020 album Asterisk the Universe, Craigie is now able to share his signature blend of songcraft and wry wit with live audiences. More than just a show, a John Craigie performance is a collective event, as audiences personally connect and relate to Craigie’s narratives and characters. This was captured on Craigie’s last live album Opening For Steinbeck which earned raves from fellow musicians and fans alike. Check out “Don’t Ask” live from Portland, OR right before the pandemic HERE. For more information about John Craigie, Click Here.
SARAH SHOOK & THE DISARMERS
Official Showcase at The Basement East on Saturday, September 25 @ 9:00pm
“This ain’t no country for hipsters or posers. It’s real, raw, mean-and-evil-bad-and-nasty bidness that makes an ass-kickin’ sound mighty fine.” – No Depression
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a five-piece band out of North Carolina who merge raw country with punk grit and pop sensibilities. In April 2018, the band released their sophomore effort Years and made their mark on the Billboard Americana & Folk and Heatseekers charts. Years received great support from the press including VICE, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The FADER and Sound Opinions. The group toured relentlessly over the last five years, outside of COVID limitations, selling out shows throughout the country. With their fiercely honest songwriting and commanding live performances, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have garnered a passionate fanbase that continues to expand. Look for a new album coming in early 2022. For more information about Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Click Here.
Official Showcase at the Cannery Ballroom on Friday, September 24 @ 6:30pm
“Whether you’re a fan of organic country, soulful blues, or hard-hitting rock n’ roll, Jack Broadbent has a song for you.” – American Songwriter
Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past few years wowing audiences with his self-described “hip flask blues guitar” style. His newest single “I Love Your Rock ‘n’ Roll” comes out September 17th, and his fifth full-length album is slated for April of 2022. His last release, Moonshine Blue, was hailed by fans and critics alike for its soulful sound and depth of genre-bending songs. After AmericanaFest, Broadbent has a string of headline dates and will head out with Little Feat in November. Check out Broadbent’s captivating live performance at the Paste Studio in 2020 HERE. For more information about Jack Broadbent, Click Here.
Official Showcase at 6th & Peabody on Saturday, September 25 @ 9:00pm
“…Saenz’s finest record to date…‘All My Shame’ is a remarkably consistent record — just when you think it may have peaked, Saenz hits you with another superb song.” – Nashville Scene
On the heels of his first solo album in eight years, the critically acclaimed All Of My Shame, singer/songwriter Mando Saenz returns to Americanafest. Saenz spent the better part of the last fifteen years as a professional musician and songwriter in Nashville, penning songs that have been recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Miranda Lambert, Aubrie Sellers, Jim Lauderdale and more. Saenz firmly reestablished himself as an artist with an expansive new sonic direction featuring elements of rock, pop, folk and psychedelia. All Of My Shame was produced by former Wilco drummer / co-founder Ken Coomer, who formed an artistic partnership with Saenz that has proven to be a fruitful one, with critical accolades ranging from Rolling Stone Country to Analogue to No Depression to Magnet. Listen to the title track, “In All Of My Shame” HERE. For more information about Mando Saenz, Click Here.
Official Showcase At Mercy Lounge Thursday, September 23 @ 11:00pm
“Thanks to ‘A Young Man’s Country’, the rest of the world finally gets to hear exactly why Donato has been able to stand out in a city teaming with talented musicians.” – Glide Magazine
In 2020, music fans were introduced to a remarkable guitarist and performer with A Young Man’s Country, the debut album from Nashville’s Daniel Donato. Donato is a gifted artist who merges his extraordinary guitar chops with traditional outlaw country. Americana and Grateful Dead influences bring his brand of cosmic country into the 21st century. His lauded debut merely served as a taste of what this young artist has to offer, but it firmly established his arrival with features in Guitar Player, Premiere Guitar, Grateful Web, Cowboys & Indians, Magnet and positive coverage in No Depression, Glide Magazine, American Songwriter and more. Get a taste of Daniel Donato with his song “Luck Of The Draw”. Listen HERE. For more information about Daniel Donato, Click Here.
Official Showcase at the Cannery Ballroom on Saturday, September 25 @ 10:30pm
Companion, the indie-folk duo formerly known as The Annie Oakley, is comprised of twin sisters Jo and Sophia Babb. The two mesmerizing singers and songwriters create music filled with lush harmonies and lyrics steeped in both heartbreak and hope. Born and raised near Norman, Oklahoma, they began writing songs around 14/15 years old and have evolved into a duo who create music that is both quiet yet confident, delicate yet strong and emotional yet uplifting. While Companion’s arrangements may not immediately evoke their native state, music fans who have been paying attention to their growth as artists will appreciate their literary songwriting and connect to the life experiences they share in their stories. Look for a new album from Companion in 2022.
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