Road Trip Recap: AmericanaFest 2018

By Brent Thompson

The term “Americana” is defined by being indefinable and that’s a compliment. The sounds of rock, country, bluegrass, soul and folk are all found in Americana and they somehow fit together in a cohesive fashion. From September 11-16, throngs of artists – from up-and-coming and legendary – descended on Nashville for AmericanaFest 2018. The annual event  – highlighted by the mid-week Americana Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium – allows audiences to catch performances in renowned concert venues, bars, hotel and record store rooftops, restaurants and retail stores. The only downside to the event is the recurring problem of too many great shows taking place at the same time. We were in Music City to capture this year’s festival and our coverage is best told in photos.


Top to bottom: John Oates (City Winery), Margo Price (Third Man Records), Nocona (Fond Object Records), Margo Price & Brandi Carlile (Third Man Records), Alejandro Escovedo (12th & Porter), Paul Cauthen (Bobby Hotel), Zac Sokolow of The Americans (East Nashville), Thomas Csorba (3rd & Lindsley), Thomas Csorba rehearsal (East Nashville)