Friday, September 19, 2014

Americana Music Festival 2014 - Day 2 Roundup

We're in full swing now down in Nashville, as the first full conference day and evening showcases are in the books.  Deals are being signed, relationships are being developed, beer is being drank, awesome music is being played and we're having a blast.

For this guy, the evening kicked off at the High Watt for a 9:00pm set with Americana newcomer Angaleena Presley.  You'll recall in yesterday's recap that Angaleena presented Loretta Lynn with her lifetime achievement award, but on this night it was all about Angaleena.  Stepping out of the shadows of her Pistol Annie's persona, Angaleena showed the Nashville crowd that she's no slouch on stage and can easily run with her Annie's cohorts.  Performing a set that included 11 out of the 12 tracks from her upcoming debut album "American Middle Class," Angaleena and her fantastic backing band rocked the High Watt with an outstanding set.  The album itself is the story of Angaleena Presley so far. An artist of the highest order, this young lady does it all - singer, songwriter and musician.  I had the good fortune to chat with Angaleena in a pre-show meet and greet where I told her that I think she will be on this scene for a very long time. If last nights show and upcoming album are any indication, that's the safest bet I've ever made.

Following Angaleena on the High Watt stage were Knoxville's own The Black Lillies.  I caught this group a couple of years ago at the Basement and things have been going quite well for the Lillies since then.  As solid and hard working band as you will ever find, they are touring extensively throughout the northeast United States this fall.  Following the Black Lillies was an artist that I had not heard before, but will be checking him out in the future. Israel Nash is on tour supporting his new album "Rain Plains", which is receiving great reviews and I can see why.  He's got a great sound, solid writing and musicianship, and a top rate backing band.  These two acts and their sets complimented each other well, both have an outstanding sound and love for what they do onstage.

A change in venue led me over to 3rd and Lindsley for an artist who is no stranger to the Americana scene.  The Paul Thorn Band closed things out with a midnight set that just brought the house down.  Performing his unique blend of country, mixed with a little rock and Mississippi Delta Blues, the crowd was up dancing and singing along to whatever the band was offering.  A new song was introduced, its title inspired by an elderly lady attending the same church.  "Too Blessed To Be Stressed" is a catchy song with a fantastic message to just enjoy life and be thankful.  The sets final song was both audience participation and singalong, as Paul came offstage and joined the audience on the dance floor to sing "Take My Love With You Everywhere You Go."  It was a great set from a veteran artist that I had been hoping to catch for some time.  It was well worth the wait.

And, speaking of waiting, that's what will have to happen until tomorrow for the Day 3 Roundup.  Have a great day, enjoy everyone!

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