WMOT Roots Radio Co-Producing Upcoming AmericanaFest Day Stage


WMOT Roots Radio, MTSU’s flagship public radio station, will be among co-producers of the AmericanaFest Day Stage as part of the 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference (AmericanaFest) taking place Sept. 10-15 in Nashville.

WMOT joins NPR Music, in partnership with the nationally-syndicated “World Cafe” daily music program produced by WXPN/Philadelphia and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Live performances from the AmericanaFest Day Stage at the TPAC-operated War Memorial Auditorium from Thursday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 14, will be a highlight of AmericanaFest, which is produced and presented each year by the Americana Music Association, the trade organization that advocates for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.

Featured artists will include Allison Moorer, The Record Company, Shawn Colvin, Robert Randolph, Tanya Tucker, The Mavericks, Drivin N Cryin and many more.

Performances by these artists will be broadcast live on WMOT and webcast by VuHaus.com and World Cafe/NPR Music.

“The rich history of the War Memorial Auditorium, one of the early homes of the Grand Ole Opry, combined with the collaboration of four nonprofit music and arts organizations — NPR Music, WMOT, World Cafe and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center — make this year’s AmericanaFest Day Stage a celebration of the roots and diversity of Americana music,” WMOT Executive Director Val Hoeppner said.

Lauren Onkey, senior director, NPR Music, said: “We’re proud to partner again with WMOT and WXPN/World Cafe to present the AmericanaFest Day stage, showcasing a great lineup for festival attendees and our audiences who will be tuning in via radio and live streams,”

Said World Cafe executive producer Bruce Warren: “The lineup wonderfully represents the broad variety of musical genres within the Americana world, including some excellent new voices.”

Jennifer Turner, TPAC president and CEO, added that “history is always in the making at the War Memorial Auditorium. We are thrilled and honored to be hosting the Americana Day Stage this year and to help present this important celebration of the roots of American music.”

The full schedule can also be found at WMOT.org. All performances will take place from noon to 6 p.m. CT.

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