Hayes Carll at Brooklyn Bowl

Show Review: AmericanaFest 2021

Show Reviews

Americanafest 2021 was an absolutely incredible event. This was my first time attending Americanafest and I am blown away by the talent, love, acceptance, and passion that was shared with Nashville all week long. Some of the highlighted acts that I was able to witness include Hayes Carll, Harper O’Neill, Jason Eady, Grady Spencer & the Work, Jonathan Tyler, Maggie Rose, Sean McConnell, and more.

Personal Highlights:

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On Wednesday I was able to catch ‘Jonathan Tyler’s – The Dance’, held at The Basement East. His lineup included Joshua Ray Walker, Waylon Payne, Jonathan Tyler, and Grady Spencer & the Work. I was able to be there for the last two sets.

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The Hear Fort Worth event at the gritty Tennessee Brew Works on Thursday was amazing and it was nice to see Jack Barksdale, Grady Spencer, Guthrie Kennard and more.

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Hayes Carll drew a large crowd and played a rockin’ ray of hope for everyone at the Brooklyn Bowl.

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Harper O’Neill played incredibly to an eager crowd in the 5 Spot that night too.

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Sean McConnell was a treat at City Winery and Thomas Csorba over at the Cannery Ballroom was a delight on Friday.  Moving from the polished City Winery to the cavernous Cannery Ballroom to the dark barroom of the 5 Spot in East Nashville was a nice way to experience the variety of venues AmericanaFest can offer.

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On Saturday was Maggie Rose back at the Cannery and Jason Eady over at Eastside Bowl.

They played into the late night/early morning and the room was filled with grateful people just happy to be out experiencing music.  After a rough year and a half with Covid, the festival was a major release and you could tell by the energy everywhere.

All of these artists shared such honest and beautiful work and it was a joy to be able to experience their showcases.

Americanafest is such a unique and impactful conference and festival and this year was no exception. So grateful to have been there for 2021!

Find another perspective on the event here: Show Review: AmericanaFest 2021 Day 3


Find more about the festival here: https://americanamusic.org/about-americanafest








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