With its centerpiece being the Americana Music Awards, the five-day fest takes place this week in Nashville, where SUSTO will perform alongside artists like Billy Bragg, Wanda Jackson, and Lee Ann Womack.
On the podcast, Boilen was joined by NPR’s Ann Powers and Jewly Hight, who recommended SUSTO’s “Chillin’ on the Beach with My Best Friend Jesus Christ,” pointing out how frontman Justin Osborne’s Christian upbringing informs some of his songwriting.
You can listen to the artists-to-watch playlist now at npr.org.
"Chillin' on the Beach with My Best Friend Jesus Christ" comes out on a seven-inch picture disc later this week. You can pre-order yours via Hearts & Plugs here.
Additionally, SUSTO will bring in the New Year right here in the Holy City opening up for Shaky Graves at the Charleston Music Hall. For more tickets and more info, go to charlestonmusichall.com.
Want to catch NPR's live webcast today with Shovels & Rope? Here's how: 1. Follow NPR on Facebook. 2. Then head over to ShoRo's Nashville Hang Facebook page at 5 p.m. NPR will notify you when it goes live.
The live taping is hosted by NPR's Ann Powers and Jewly Hight as part of the AmericanaFest. The sloppy-tonk duo will "hang" with the crew from the Nashville Union Station Hotel on Broadway.
In Nashville right now? Lucky you — admission is free.
Other Nashville Hangs on NPR's agenda include Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, Dawes, and tonight's Americana Music Association's awards show with performances by Bob Weir, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and the Lumineers, which you can watch here.
This weekend's Chucktown Ball featuring Umphrey's McGee has been moved from Riverfront Park to the North Charleston Coliseum.
Due to water-logged grounds from recent heavy rains and more that's likely to fall over the coming days, organizers decided to take the fest — which is scheduled for Fri. Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 23 — inside.
Additionally, local act Dangermuffin is no longer available to perform.
The Umphrey's team released the following statement:
"We take your safety very seriously and want to provide you with the best experience possible. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new venue and all bands will still perform as planned, with the exception of Dangermuffin, who are no longer available to participate. We intend to take the vision of Chucktown Ball and deliver an amazing experience alongside the accommodating staff of the North Charleston Coliseum, who are thrilled to now be hosting our event. We hope you’re ready for some arena rock!
If you purchased an umVIP package, all package amenities will still be delivered as planned. Stay tuned for some correspondence from our umVIP team on updated details. Tickets are still available for both nights online at www.Umphreys.com."
Now in its second year, Charleston’s first music conference New Music Confab is back for more this summer with another weekend of showcases and panels that will run Thurs. Aug. 25 to Sat. Aug.27.
“My goal with New Music Confab is to re-create the feel of the early years of South By Southwest, bringing music-industry leaders together for a music discovery experience in an amazing town,” says founder Dave Stewart. “Three nights in Charleston — how bad can it be?”
Over 500 artists and music-industry professionals from around the country attended last year’s inaugural conference, which included 10 discussion panels and five showcases featuring 30 new country, alt, rock, and Americana acts.
This year, New Music Confab returns to the Charleston Music Hall and the Music Farm, and the Royal American has been added as a new venue.
The conference will accept applications for performers until Wed. June 1. Already, Stewart says he's received entries from over 1,500 artists both near and as far away as Denmark, Australia, and France. To apply, go here.
All-access badges for the weekend are $75-$125 ($50 for students).
To apply for a performance spot, purchase tickets, or get more info, go to newmusicconfab.com.
Spoleto Festival USA announced today the full musical roster for the Wells Fargo festival finale at Middleton Place (4300 Ashley River Road) on Sun. June 12, and several of Charleston's top acts will lead the way.
Rock 'n' rollers the High Divers will perform at 4 p.m., while soulful rockers the Jordan Igoe Band go on at 5:15 p.m. SUSTO plays at 6:30 p.m. before headliners Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, a Colorado-based eight-piece soul band, take the stage at 8:30 p.m.
And don't forget to stick around right after the music for one of the city's most anticipated fireworks shows.
The finale is a BYOB event, where picnics are welcome, but food vendors and a beer garden will also be available onsite. You can buy beer vouchers until 8:30 p.m, beer until 9 p.m., and food until 9:30 p.m.
Folks are encouraged to roam the gardens and stableyards until 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at spoletousa.org, at the Charleston Visitor Center, the Gaillard Center, or at the gate — kids ages six to 12 are $15, adults are $40 ($45 at the gate).