No Depression and Bumbershoot Present Brandi Carlile and Star Anna – 2012 AMA Showcase
For those of you thinking about heading to Nashville this September for the annual Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, you’ll want to make sure you get over to the Cannery Ballroom as soon as possible after the awards show on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
We’ve teamed up with the AMA and the fine folks at Bumbershoot (Seattle’s biggest music and arts festival, which takes place each year on Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center) to present a special showcase featuring Brandi Carlile and Star Anna.
Carlile is fresh off the release of her fourth full-length album (Bear Creek) on Columbia Records. Recorded in Woodinville, Wash., at the studio after which it was named, the disc is earning Carlile a lot of attention in the Americana community. After working on previous releases with Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett, Carlile decided this time to lean hard against her rootsy influences to deliver a dozen songs the way she wanted them done. The result encompasses a wide array of styles, from classic-style country to folk and indie rock – all the music No Depression has always celebrated.
Star Anna, along with her band the Laughing Dogs, has slowly and strongly been gaining clout in the Seattle scene and beyond. Her collaborations with Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) – as well as the attention she’s earned from NPR, KEXP, and elsewhere – have boosted the undeniable talent which swarms throughout her three releases. As she readies her fourth album, The Sky Is Falling, she’ll be hitting the AMAs with material from that and her most recent Alone in This Together.
To make this even more exciting, the AMA and the fine folks at Sony/Columbia have agreed to let us share this new video from Brandi Carlile for “A Promise to Keep” (from Bear Creek). Enjoy!
And here is a video of Star Anna:
From the press release:
Bumbershoot & No Depression will present a showcase with [Brandi] Carlile and Star Anna during the Americana Music Festival & Conference at the Cannery Ballroom on Wednesday, September 12.
The Americana Music Association partnered with Bumbershoot to bring the aforementioned Seattle-based artists to Nashville for the festival, while artists Heartless Bastards, Jason Isbell and The Jayhawks will represent Americana music at the premier music and arts festival in the Northwest, Labor Day weekend, September 1-3.
Live music will kick off at the 11th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. In addition to over 100 official showcase performances, the conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at venues around the city. Last year more than 12,000 fans enjoyed the festival’s musical events. Americana Music Festival and Conference Early Bird registration rates are available through the store at americanamusic.org.