Friends and followers of ‘seeyouattherockshow.com‘ know that co-site creator, Harry Gebippe, attended his last rock show on December 28, 2013 and died two days later, succumbing to the ravages of a glioblastoma brain tumor and the side affects of cancer treatment. Following a respectful mourning period Nanker Phledge kindly reached out to Mrs. Gebippe with the suggestion that it was time to get back to clubs and answer the call of the mojo wire….
Okay, yes. I use a pen. I may be old-fashioned but it gets the job done far better than memory alone. Call me a dinosaur, I don’t mind.
For the past three years my beloved husband (a/k/a Harry Gebippe) and I ventured down to Memphis and Nashville in September to take in some music, history, and good times prior to hunkering down for the long Minnesota winter. I made the commitment to attending the 13th annual Americana Music Festival last February, numb at the time but thinking… God knows what I was thinking, it was just a decision made in a fog, but September came and off I go to Nashville. Feets and ’09 Outback, don’t fail me now.
The Americana Music Festival and Conference is a well-orchestrated event for fans of the genre to be sure, but also is an industry gathering, with many music business professionals attending to share knowledge and opinions, hear emerging artists, pitch and be pitched to, and network, network, network. Over the years, the conference has expanded to from a few to numerous venues and has established traditions like the Lone Star Music Magazine’s party at The Groove record store, and Americanarama at Grimey’s record store (now in its seventh year); each of these events is a generous gathering of bands, booze and BBQ. (solo-artists too). The festival is an opportunity to hear emerging acts (Cactus Blossoms, Lake Street Dive, Israel Nash) and favorites (Robbie Fulks, Rodney Crowell, Josh Ritter) play in intimate venues. Badged and/or wrist-banded, you may ride the little bus to the Country Music Hall of Fame to hear Masters of The Craft speak about the music business, their journeys and art, and personal take on components of Americana music. This year’s featured artists were Marty Stuart, Ry Cooder, and Billy Joe Shaver. The little buses make it easy to get around to most of the venues – a useful accommodation to be sure. And if the bus doesn’t come, grab a cab with other attendees and off you go.
That’s my plug for the conference and festival. Next Post: the Americana Music Awards Show.