Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, talks all-things AMERICANAFEST 2018 and plays some of his favorites from the past 19 years of the festival. Hilly, who literally added “Americana” to the dictionary, is glad to be carrying out the AMA’s vision of shining a light on artists who tend to be commercially overlooked. Listen to the interview with Lt. Dan and some Festival picks, including John Prine, Amanda Shires, The Black Lillies, and Carolina Story. Catch these artists, and so many more, all over Nashville from September 11th – 16th! Find the schedule online at or download the free AMERICANAFEST app.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Ryman, the 17th-annual Americana Honors & Awards Show will feature k.d. lang, Buddy Guy, Irma Thomas, Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, I’m With Her, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Mary Gauthier, Anderson East, Lilly Hiatt, Tyler Childers and Courtney Marie Andrews. Check out the full list of nominees here: