Lives Of The Party: Eight Exciting Acts To Catch At This Year’s AmericanaFest

With nearly 200 acts on the six-day bill, it can be nearly impossible to pick and choose between each day’s countless showcases and performances.

alt Aaron Lee Tasjan. Photo by Curtis Wayne Millard

For this year’s 17th annual AmericanaFest, artists from all over the country will descend upon Nashville for six days of live music in September. This year’s lineup has tons of big name attractions, from solo heavyweights John Prine and Lee Ann Womack to high-profile singing duos like Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle and Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, to tried-and-true veteran roots bands like the Bottle Rockets, the Indigo Girls, and the Handsome Family.

“Anything and everything can fit under the [Americana] umbrella,” says Kaia Kater, who’ll be performing at this year’s festival. “It can be plugged in, unplugged, a capella, full band, no band, no rhythm, full rhythm. I've always been a little puzzled by the genre, but that’s what makes it so fluid and malleable.”

With nearly 200 acts on the six-day bill, it can be nearly impossible to pick and choose between each day’s countless showcases and performances. So for this year’s AmericanaFest, American Songwriter decided to profile a few of the best and brightest rising artists who will be performing throughout the week.

Aaron Lee Tasjan

Thirty-year-old Aaron Lee Tasjan has already lived several musical lives: as the guitarist of glam rock outfit Semi Precious Weapons; as the fill-in lead guitar for the reincarnated New York Dolls; and, most recently, as a roots singer-songwriter who made splashes with last year’s “E.N.S.A.A.T” (East Nashville Song About A Train), his razor-sharp critique, aimed equally at himself and his... Sign In to Keep Reading

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