Tuesday, September 5
John Paul White w/ Caleb Caudle & Weary Ramblers
John Paul White has cultivated a music career in Nashville for two decades, first as a songwriter for a major publisher, then half of The Civil Wars – a groundbreaking duo that won four Grammy Awards before disbanding in 2012.
Because The Civil Wars were so hard to categorize, White has earned a fanbase among indie rock listeners, folk audiences, Americana outlets and AAA radio. So, what will happen if people hear The Hurting Kind and call it country? “Well that doesn’t scare me in the least,” he says. “As a matter of fact, it kind of thrills me.”
Wednesday, September 6
Jaimee Harris w/ Seth Walker
Jaimee Harris’ Boomerang Town traces the fortunes of a host of characters who live on the knife’s edge between hope and despair. The title track, whose sound recalls the best of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s ’90s work, features a young couple from a small-town working dead-end jobs who get “knocked up” and have their dreams put on hold. It is a portrait of rural desperation and the restless search for salvation against long odds. “This is what it’s like to be a part of the post- “‘Born To Run’ Generation,” Harris quips. “Springsteen’s generation had somewhere to run to. I’m not so sure mine does.” For the characters in these songs, escape isn’t always a matter of geographical distance.
Thursday, September 7
Mary Gauthier with a Tribute to Lucinda Williams
A Grammy-nominated American folk singer-songwriter and author, Mary Gauthier’s songs have been covered by performers including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Kathy Mattea, Boy George, Jimmy Buffett, Bettye Lavette, Candi Staton, and Amy Helm. She has won awards from the Americana Music Association, International Folk Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards, the GLAMA Awards, and the UK Americana Association. Mary’s songs often deal with marginalization, informed by her experience of adoption, addiction and recovery, and growing up gay in the deep south. Her work demonstrates an “ability to transform her own trauma into a purposeful and communal narrative”. Her Grammy nominated 2018 album Rifles & Rosary Beads, co-written with military veterans and their families, has been hailed as a landmark achievement.
Friday, September 8
Radney Foster “Del Rio, Texas, 1959” w/ Don Henry and more
Singer-songwriter, musician and music producer, Radney Foster began in Nashville as a songwriter. Radney made his recording debut as part of the Foster & Lloyd duo, recording three studio albums and with nine singles on the country charts.
Radney began his solo career in 1992 and his album Del Rio, TX 1959 produced four consecutive Top 40 hits. His songs have been recorded by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Keith Urban, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Jack Ingram.
Saturday, September 9
James McMurtry w/ Eric Erdman and Eddie Heinzelman
James McMurtry’s lauded storytelling consistently has turned heads for decades now. “James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,” said John Mellencamp back in 1989, when Too Long in the Wasteland hit the Billboard 200. “James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game,” says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. “He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.”