The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® is coming to Nashville! Explore the stories and sounds of Americana music through special programs at the Museum. You can reserve your pass by becoming a Museum member or through Museum admission day-of. If you can't join us in person, some programs will be livestreamed. Check out our AMERICANAFEST® programs below!


Wednesday, September 11 |  11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Conversation and Film: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Making of Will the Circle Be Unbroken Volume II

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jeff Hanna and progressive bluegrass pioneer Sam Bush will screen clips from the rarely seen 1989 documentary Making of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II.

Thursday, September 12 |  1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Turning the Tables: Performance and Conversation with Carlene Carter, Shawn Colvin, Amythyst Kiah, and Maria Muldaur

Turning the Tables, NPR Music’s ongoing series dedicated to telling untold or hidden-in-plain-sight stories of American music, this year honors a selection of music’s “founding mothers”—women whose work and lives are at the center of the sounds that have shaped the popular music canon.


Friday, September 13 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Interview and Performance: Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker will perform and talk with singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook—host of the popular show “Apron Strings” on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel and one of many women in country music inspired by Tucker’s legacy—about her new record and nearly fifty-year career.




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Friday, September 13 |  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Interview and Performance: Rodney Crowell on TEXAS

Rodney Crowell will visit the museum to talk about his musical life and his new album, TEXAS, which features several guests, including Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and Ringo Starr.



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Friday, September 13 |  5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Inside the Outlaws: After Hours Access to Museum Galleries for AmericanaFest Conference Registrants (Badge Holders)

Join museum curators for after-hours access to learn more about one of country music’s most creative periods. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, celebrates this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts.

Must be an AmericanaFest Conference registrant (badge holder) to attend.


Saturday, September 1411:00 a.m.­ - 12:00 p.m.

Songwriter Session: North Carolina Writers BJ Barham, Jonathan Byrd, and Sarah Siskind

BJ Barham is the front man and primary songwriter of American Aquarium, who just released their seventh album, Things Change, produced by John Fullbright.

Seventh generation Carolinian Jonathan Byrd uses his folk background to create songs—including those on his most recent project, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys—that cross genre barriers.

Sarah Siskind has written songs recorded by Alison Krauss, Molly Tuttle, Wynonna, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Randy Travis, as well as twenty-one songs recorded for the television show Nashville.



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Saturday, September 14 |  3:00 p.m.­ - 4:30 p.m. 

Performance and Panel Discussion: Texas Tornado: Tribute to Doug Sahm

His son Shawn Sahm will lead a band through many of Doug’s best-known songs. The group also includes Rodney Crowell, Bobby Flores, Michael Guerra, John Jorgenson, Freddie “Steady” Krc, Charlie Sexton, and Neal Walker. Delbert McClinton, Kimmie Rhodes, Kelly Willis, and others will make guest appearances. Shawn Sahm, Charlie Sexton, Bill Bentley, and Kerry Awn will participate in a brief panel discussion about Doug Sahm’s career and legacy.



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Sunday, September 15 |  1:30 p.m.­ - 3:00 p.m. 

Film Premiere, Conversation, and Performance: The Earls of Leicester

In 2018, the Earls of Leicester performed two historic shows at the museum’s CMA Theater that were released on CD and vinyl later that year as the double album Live from the CMA Theatre in The Country Music Hall of Fame. These performances were also captured for a live film of the same name, which will premiere at this event, with commentary and a brief performance by the band.


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