Wednesday, 10 September 2014




Saturday 20th September // Americana Music Conference, Nashville

The Americana Music Association UK is excited to announce its collaboration with British Underground, hosting The Bootleg BBQ at this year’s Americana Music Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The AMA-UK are thrilled to be jetting out to Nashville  to showcase the talents of three popular UK acts from its membership; Police Dog Hogan, Danny And The Champions Of The World, and finally, Emily Barker And The Red Clay Halo.

The Bootleg BBQ is a high profile industry showcase set up by British Underground to give UK acts performing at the festival an additional performance opportunity. It will also act as a fantastic networking opportunity for the growing number of UK delegates. The show takes place at the trendy Groove Record Store East Nashville on Sat 20th September 12.30pm – 17.30pm. The show will include additional performances from two rising US acts Israel Nash and Austin Lucas.

Food and drink will be on offer with a chance to indulge in delicious meat from the local butcher and beer donated by local brewery Yazoo.

The AMA-UK’s line up includes POLICE DOG HOGAN; a highly energetic, British, eclectic seven-piece band who combine fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars alongside knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant  fusing  of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. The Sunday Times described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its “favourite new bands” whilst Radio 2 called them “a band to watch”.

Next on the bill is another UK live favourite, DANNY AND THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD (5* Maverick 4* The Sun, 4* Q, 4* MOJO), a folk, rock and soul band that formed in London during the summer of 2007 by Danny George Wilson. The band are renowned for their live performance with Danny’s vocals sure to captivate any audience.

Finally we have BAFTA award-winning songwriter and performer, EMILY BARKER and The Red Clay Halo gracing the stage. The Times said of her album Dear River: ‘heartfelt songwriting... bridging the gap between folk, country and Fleetwood Mac” whilst The Guardian quoted “Emily Barker has a gift for great melodies”.

The Americana Music Conference is highly respected industry event run by the Americana Music Association (US) whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. It features numerous panels and seminars providing Nashville's most educational music industry forum. The event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.  The Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville. The programme begins with a spectacular awards ceremony held in the legendary Ryman Auditorium.

British Underground is an Arts Council England NPO working with export ready musicians and music-makers to help them maximize opportunities at international showcases and conferences. The organization specializes in genres outside the mainstream producing events at key platforms like WOMEX, Folk Alliance International, Americana Music Festival.

Review of new Police Dog Hogan album

Review of new Danny and the Champions of the World album

Review of Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo live in Bromsgrove

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