Press Release Theatre: Athens Americana

Just a quick heads up here. We’ll have a more in-depth post about this as it gets closer. YAY!

Fifth annual Athens Americana music festival featuring Athens’ finest Americana, folk, and bluegrass to be held April 18th-22nd at Georgia Theatre, Little Kings, and other Athens venues

Athens, Ga.— February 26, 2011— The 5th Annual Athens Americana, a celebration of local folk, country, and bluegrass music featuring Athens’ finest acts of the inclusive Americana genre will be held Wednesday, April 18th, through Sunday, April 22nd, at the Georgia Theatre, Little Kings, and various venues in downtown Athens.

The festival will kick-off on Wednesday evening, April 18th, with two events: an evening performance at The Globe featuring Nashville singer/songwriter Andrew Combs and Dead Confederate frontman Hardy Morris’ new band project, T. Hardy Morris & the Outfit, followed by Athens Americana’s inaugural show at the newly-renovated Georgia Theatre with Athens’ legendary Bloodkin, up-and-coming Americana duo Shovels & Rope, and country singer Jonny Corndawg.

Other performers at this year’s festival include such celebrated acts as Shonna Tucker (former Drive-By Truckers bassist), Corduroy Road, New West Records’ The Mastersons (husband-and-wife duo and members of Steve Earle’s band The Duke & The Duchess as well as Son Volt), Dave Marr (ex-Star Room Boys), Thayer Sarrano (Of Montreal), Atlanta’s The Whiskey Gentry, Borderhop 5, Ruby Kendrick, Athens’ longstanding blues band The Healers, Vespolina, Packway Handle Band side project Sans Abri, Old Smokey, Viking Progress, The Charlie Garrett Band, Justin Evans, and Adam Klein & The Wild Fires. Grateful Dead cover band Bobby’s Shorts, featuring members of Futurebirds, will perform a rare set to close the festival on Sunday, April 22nd.

The event also features an open house and guitar-making workshop by local master luthier Scott Baxendale at the Baxendale Guitar studio on Saturday, April 21st. Additional information on the venues, performance times, other acts, a closing party on April 22nd, and ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.

Little Kings is located at 223 W. Hancock St., The Georgia Theatre is located at 215 North Lumpkin Street, and The Globe is located at 199 North Lumpkin Street. Baxendale Guitar studio is located at 160 Winston Drive, Suite 2.

For more information, please visit http://www.cowboyangelmusic.com. A new website dedicated to the festival, athensamericana.com, will also provide up-to-date information in the coming weeks.

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Cowboy Angel Music is an independent upstart record label based in Athens, Georgia. The current roster includes music from Adam Klein, Little Country Giants, Justin Evans, Vespolina, The Granfalloons, Nutria, and Timber. Please visit http://www.cowboyangelmusic.com for more information.

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