BUZZ USA ACT THE AMERICANS COMPLETE BRITISH UNDERGROUND’S AMERICANAFEST BOOTLEG BBQ LINE-UP TO SPOTLIGHT UK AMERICANA IN NASHVILLE

BUZZ USA ACT THE AMERICANS COMPLETE BRITISH UNDERGROUND’S AMERICANAFEST BOOTLEG BBQ LINE-UP TO SPOTLIGHT UK AMERICANA IN NASHVILLE

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BRITISH UNDERGROUND ANNOUNCE FULL LINE-UP FOR THE ANNUAL BOOTLEG BBQ – THE INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED UK AMERICANA MUSIC AND NETWORKING EVENT HOSTED DURING AMERICANAFEST 2016, FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM TOP UK ARTISTS INCLUDING YOLA CARTER

SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER @ THE GROOVE, NASHVILLE – ALL WELCOME – FREE BEER AND BBQ!

Click here to schedule in the Americanafest App: http://tinyurl.com/hjdrrlf

Thursday 15 September, London/Nashville – Fast rising Americana stars, L.A rock n roll-blue grass group The Americans will help shine a light on UK Americana when they perform at the fourth annual UK Americana day party: the Bootleg BBQ, hosted in Nashville during AmericanaFest the world’s biggest celebration of Americana music. Also joining the lineup are Michigan indie folk stars Frontier Ruckus.

The internationally recognized industry networking and music event will be hosted at cool east Nashville record store, The Groove on Saturday 24 September – featuring the best British Americana acts performing at the festival this year including Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones and festival hot tip, Yola Carter. The event will be hosted by Baylen Leonard – BBC Radio 2 broadcaster and presenter and US country music expert.

The Americans stated: “Some of the best American music comes from the UK. We’re glad to hear the latest wave of bands reinventing American music from across the pond.”

The event is curated by international music showcase producer British Underground in partnership with the Americana Music Association and is an opportunity for industry delegates and Americana fans to catch the UK‘s best musicians influenced by Americana. British Underground CEO Crispin Parry stated “It is fantastic to see two formidable US acts like The Americans and Frontier Ruckus top out the programme at the Bootleg BBQ alongside our incredible British Americana acts. UK acts now command a genuine audience of fans and industry taste-makers in the heart of the Nashville music scene and it is a privilege to host this micro-festival of predominantly British talent introducing our finest acts to the US music market. The BBQ also has a history of spotting great American talent on the verge of stardom. We hosted Sturgill Simpson’s breakthrough Americanafest performance where he signed his UK deal and his career went interstellar and I’m tipping The Americans for that slot next.”

With the BBQ’s roots in Austin’s South by South West, the Bootleg BBQ moved to its current home at The Groove record store in East Nashville in 2013. Produced in association with the AMA UK, it has since become one of the most significant events at AmericanaFest and is a chance to catch the best UK acts performing at the festival – the event has played a pivotal role in launching the careers of high profile musicians and champions UK Americana on the international stage. The event celebrates a landmark year in UK Americana, which saw the introduction of an Americana chart within the UK Official Album Chart, further highlighting the significance of the genre and it’s increasing impact on the UK. British Underground in partnership with AMA UK will also host an ‘Americana in the UK’ industry panel on Friday 23 September at 4 pm in Ballroom One, featuring contributions from some of the leading figures in the UK Americana industry discussing the UK Americana scene and advising US artists who are keen to play in the UK.

Danna Strong Director of Operations at the Americana Music Association stated, “British Underground’s Bootleg BBQ has become one of the most important international events at AmericanaFest, a key networking space for US music industry and artists to connect with UK delegates and it plays a huge role spotlighting UK Americana and the fantastic musical talent coming out of the UK at the moment. Don’t miss it!”

The Bootleg BBQ will follow a series of high profile international showcases hosted by British Underground this year, including a triumphant UK music showcase at the Rio Olympics, which saw Elf Kid and Nadia Rose perform for Team GB at British House in Rio. British Underground also play a key role in facilitating The International Showcase Fund, which is funded by key cultural institutions including Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation and British Underground which this year has funded BBQ acts, William The Conqueror, Yola Carter and Robert Vincent. The Fund offers vital support for artists and bands based in England who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference.

THE BOOTLEG BBQ 2016

Venue: The Groove
1103 Calvin Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Doors: Noon
Performances to include:

MAIN STAGE

Frontier Ruckus (USA) – 5.30 to close
The Americans (USA) – 4.45 – 5.15
Sons Of Bill (USA) – 4.00 – 4.30
Applewood Road (UK/USA) – 3.15 – 3.45
Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones (UK/USA) – 2.30 – 3.00
Yola Carter (UK) – 1.45 – 2.15
William The Conqueror (UK) – 1.00 – 1.30
Robert Vincent (UK) – 12.15 – 12.45

RECORD STORE STAGE

Worry Dolls (UK) – 3.50 – 4.00
Danni Nicolls (UK) – 3.05 – 3.15
Bella Hardy (UK) – 2.20 – 2.30
Lewis & Leigh (UK/USA) – 1.35 – 1.45
Dean Owens (UK) – 12.50 -1.00

* These acts have been funded to attend the event through the PRSF International Showcasing Fund.

Other British Underground associated events:

‘AMERICANA IN THE UK’ INDUSTRY PANEL – FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER AT 4 PM IN BALLROOM ONE, SHERATON HOTEL FEATURING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM SOME OF THE LEADING FIGURES IN UK AMERICANA.
Click here to schedule in the Americanafest App: http://tinyurl.com/he2va5s

British Underground in partnership with AMA UK will also host an ‘Americana in the UK’ industry panel on Friday 23 September at 4 pm in Ballroom One at The Sheraton and an industry networking ‘High Tea’ @ Alley Taps on Thursday 22nd September as well as various other associated events (see full schedule below). The 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference takes place on September 20-25 2016, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville bringing together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.

Wednesday 21st September
The AMA-UK Mid-day Party

12.15pm-1.45pm
Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley

The Americana Music Association UK and British Underground present the annual AMA-UK Mid-day Party. Alley Taps is situated on historic Printers Alley, just a short stroll from the Sheraton; join us for complimentary snacks and beer (delegates and wristband holders) and back-to-back acoustic performances from three of our official showcase artists, Yola Carter, Robert Vincent and William the Conqueror. Following on form last year’s packed Mid-day Party, this event provides an opportunity for creative and business professionals to network with fellow artists and industry from across the pond.

Performance times:
12.15pm William the Conqueror
12.45pm Robert Vincent
1.15pm Yola Carter

Thursday 22nd September
High Tea @ Alley Taps
5pm-7.45pm
Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley
The Americana Music Association UK and British Underground welcome all to take high tea at Alley Taps, situated on historic Printers Alley, just a short walk from the Sheraton. This early evening event provides a relaxed environment for musicians and industry to network with international professionals and creatives. The event will showcase a number of exciting upcoming artists from the UK and US, providing a musical and cultural exchange. Attendees are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to discuss overseas opportunities within the UK roots, Americana and alt-country scenes. Performers include Yola Carter, William the Conqueror, Ciaran Lavery and Lewis & Leigh.

Performance times:
5.15pm Michael Logen, Shantell Ogden, Josh Christian (in the round)
5.50pm Lewis & Leigh
6.20pm William the Conqueror
6.50pm Ciaran Lavery
7.20pm Yola Carter
7.45pm close

Friday 23rd September
At the Helm & Last Chance Records Transatlantic Label Party
5pm-7.45pm

Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley
A celebration of two passionate independent labels promoting music collectively both sides of the Atlantic. This a chance to come and experience some of our ‘un-scrubbed’ Americana for free in a central Nashville location.

Performance times (tbc)
5.10pm Robert Vincent
5.40pm Tim Easton
6.15pm Eric Ambel
6.50pm Austin Lucas
7.30pm Massy Ferguson

For press enquires please contact: Doug Hall @ D Digital PR. doug@ddigitalpr.co.uk | 07817 442 991

ENDS

About British Underground:

In 2016 BRITISH UNDERGROUND is celebrating 15 years curating and producing UK music showcases that have helped hundreds of music-makers break into international markets at events like SXSW, WOMEX and British House at the Rio Olympics. Since creating the first ever UK showcase at SXSW in 2002 (featuring Elbow and Oxide and Neutrino) we have worked with artists from every genre including household names like Amy Winehouse and Stormzy to pioneers like Gabriel Prokofiev and Moses Boyd. We offer financial help with travel and accommodation for musicians through our relationship with the PRSF International Showcase Fund and we produce new music radio shows for British Airways in-flight entertainment system. We are funded by Arts Council England and our offices are in the Musicians’ Union in Oval, London.

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