AmericanaFest 2016

Downtown celebrates a successful AmericanaFest. Presented by The Americana Music Association, the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference has been taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, September 20-25. The awards ceremony took place on September 21st, with a big night for Jason Isbell, who won two major awards. The festival has featured more than 215 live performances, including Downtown's Erin Rae.

With an impressive year including two Grammy’s for Best Americana Album and Best Americana Roots Song, Jason Isbell’s success continued at the AmericanaFest Awards. Bagging two of the most coveted awards, Isbell took home Album of the Year for Something More Than Free which debuted at number 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Americana/Folk and Country charts, as well as Song of the Year, with lead single “24 Frames”. Jason Isbell is no stranger to AmericanaFest -- in 2014 he took home Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Artist of the Year (which he won for the second time at the 2015 awards, and was for nominated again for this year).

The night included a proud moment for Downtown’s John Leventhal, as Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Shawn Colvin and William Bell, who Leventhal has worked extensively with. Several of Colvin’s hits, including signature “Sunny Came Home” and Bell’s newest album were co-written and produced by Leventhal.

A nominee for Emerging Artist of the Year, the new person to watch this coming year is John Moreland. A new signee to Downtown, Moreland is an impressive singer-songwriter out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He brings the realness through his poetic lyrics and raw guitar playing. After releasing his latest album, High on Tulsa Heat, he gained major momentum. You can find John Moreland making the rounds on popular talk shows, such as Stephen Colbert. We’re looking forward to his upcoming album in 2017.