The eighth annual Americana Music Association conference is currently open for registration in Nashville. The panels and keynotes begin tomorrow. Tonight is registration, some shows at three venues in Nashville (I'll be seeing Steve Forbert), and a previously-scheduled tribute to Porter Wagoner hosted by Marty Stuart and Jim Lauderdale.
Murphy's Law has attacked me -- the battery in my laptop is dead (as in, cannot be recharged), and the hotel I'm staying at has weak wireless reception. Nevertheless, I hope to blog as close to live as possible with the awards ceremony tomorrow night at the Ryman (I do know that Joe Ely has been announced as a lifetime achievement recipient) and other events as they happen.
Keynotes at the conference include Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett. And, the Americana Music Association's web site has announced that former Attorney General of the U.S. Janet Reno will be speaking at one of the panels.
It promises to be a fun, exciting week for Americana music -- the music that comes from various genres into one, fun, honest package.
I'm off to the lobby, where a three-piece band called the Rust Kings is doing a marvelous rendition of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone."