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Morgan O'Kane "Hey Mama"

It is going to be a dizzying week as the Americana world descends upon Nashville for the 16th Annual AmericanaFest. So much to do, so much to see, it’ll be a total blur! The week will culminate in a concert on Saturday with the legendary Loretta Lynn, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and friends at the Ascend Amphitheater on the Cumberland River. Tickets are available Here.

Wednesday evening is the 14th Annual Americana Honors and Awards from the Ryman Auditorium. Ann Powers and I will be anchoring the Folk Alley and NPR Music webcast and audio cast. We are happy to be bringing it to you as this show is sold out. Like every year, it is sure to bring some magic moments. You can watch the LIVE video webcast at Folk Alley and/or NPR Music. Or listen live to Folk Alley's audio steam of the event via the internet radio channel.

As we are going in reverse order for the events of the week, on Tuesday, there is a kickoff party - the Sin City Vs Guitartown - Eastside Throwdown, at The Basement East in celebration of the new Supersuckers album Holdin’ The Bag, which comes out next month (more about that soon!) On hand that evening are Bottle Rockets, Keith Gattis, Jonathan Tyler, and Jesse Dayton, who is fresh off a run with legendary band X, and way more. Everyone is welcome, and money is being raised that evening for the Eddie Spaghetti Fight Cancer Fund.

Our traveling buddy from Canada, Shawna Cooper is having a Sweet Beaver AMA kickoff party in Nashville, on Tuesday evening as well, with artists from the UK, Ireland, Canada, the US, and Australia, including Sam Lewis, Martin Harley and more, at Belcourt Taps. Shawna works with Morgan O’kane, too, and he is just back from an Irish tour, although he is not making the trip to Nashville this year. Dang, sure wish he was. We filmed Morgan way back when at Folk Alliance in 2010, and then again in January at Midtown Live. That’s where today’s video is from. Here is Morgan O’kane with Music Fog’s session of “Hey Mama,” which can be found on his album The One They Call The Wind.

See you in Nashville!

-Jessie Scott


Mipso "Marianne"

AmericanaFest is just around the corner now, from Tuesday, September 15th to Sunday, September 20th in Nashville, TN. It brings folks together to be immersed in the music, whether they are in ‘the biz,’ or they are passionate music lovers attending all the evening showcases. I am a proud Americana Music Association board member, so watching how this event has grown every year is near and dear to my heart. It is going to be a super busy week, including the crown jewel, the 14th Americana Honors & Awards, taking place at the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 16th. Folk Alley and NPR are once again teaming up to bring the show to you online, wherever you are. I am very excited that Ann Powers and I will be returning to the broadcast booth at the Ryman. Every year it is especially touching to be in the house to witness the Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year, honors will be bestowed to Don Henley, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs, and Los Lobos. It promises to be a spectacular night.

Beyond that, the AmericanaFest lineup for the week includes more than 170 official showcases across more than a dozen Music City venues. Every year, during the crazy club crawl evenings, new artists get discovered and embraced. It is in a way ‘one stop shopping’ for the smorgasbord of flavors of Americana. Last year, Mipso was there to showcase, and today their new album is just about upon us. The North Carolina maverick string band draws from their local legacy, and advances it through to today on their forthcoming album Old Time Reverie. Music Fog filmed Mipso this past January in NYC, and we are happy to bring you “Marianne” from that session. The song is already up on iTunes, with the rest of the album set for an October 2nd release. Here are Jacob Sharp, Wood Robinson, Joseph Terrell, and Libby Rodenbough, aka Mipso, with the Music Fog recording of “Marianne.”

- Jessie Scott