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JD Souther, John Paul White and the Wood Brothers are also on the now supersized Nashville bill

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The Mavericks have been added to the 2015 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

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Seventy acts have been added to the six-day Americana Music Festival, the genre’s biggest annual event, set for September 15th — 20th in Nashville. And the list of artists proves just how wide Americana’s doors are open.

Country greats the Mavericks are new to the lineup, as is JD Souther, a legendary rock and pop tunesmith who wrote some of the Eagles biggest hits. Americana icons Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale and Ry Cooder will play, along with bluegrass legends Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, and relative newcomers such as Sam Outlaw, Andrew Leahey and the Homestead, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Daniel Romano. In all, 70 new artists (see below) have boosted the total number of Americana Fest acts to more than 150 — a number that could easily rise between now and September.

“So much about this event is about discovery,” says Americana Music Association president Jed Hilly. “You’ll have these great moments involving the legends, like the time we saw Ry Cooder and John Hiatt reunite for the first time since Little Village broke up. That was cathartic. . . But when you have more than 175 bands in town, you can go into any club any night of the week and see something that’ll knock your socks off, even if you aren’t familiar with the band onstage.”

Patty Griffin, Lee Ann Womack and Los Lobos are the big headliners for the 16th anniversary of the annual event, which is expected to draw crowds of some 20,000 people.

Artists Added to AmericanaFest 2015:
(*See initial list of performers here.)

Adam Faucett

American Aquarium

Amy LaVere

Andrew Leahey & The Homestead

Band of Heathens

Buddy Miller


Cale Tyson

The Carmonas

Daniel Romano

Darrell Scott

David Wax Museum

Dirty River Boys

Donnie Fritts & John Paul White

Doug Seegers

Dreaming Spires

Dustbowl Revival

Eddie Berman

Eilen Jewell

The Fairfield Four

Gill Landry

The Good Lovelies

Great Peacock

Gretchen Peters

The Hillbenders

The Honeycutters

Humming House

JD & The Straight Shot

JD Souther

Jeffrey Foucault

Jim Lauderdale

Jonathan Tyler

Josh Rouse

JP Harris

Kacy & Clayton

Kelsey Waldon

Legendary Shack Shakers

Lewis and Leigh

Lindi Ortega

Los Colognes

Low Cut Connie

Luther Dickinson

Margo Price

The Mavericks

McCrary Sisters

Michaela Anne

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Paper Bird

Pine Hill Project (featuring Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky)

Pony Boy


Possessed By Paul James

Raised By Eagles

Ron Pope & The Nighthawks

Ry Cooder/Sharon White/Ricky Skaggs

Ryan Culwell

Sam Outlaw

Spirit Family Reunion

The Suffers

T. Hardy Morris

T Sisters


Those Pretty Wrongs

Town Mountain

Uncle Lucius

Whitney Rose

Willie Watson

The Wood Brothers


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