The ninth annual Americana Music Association has established comprehensive and pragmatic greening initiatives for its festival to be held September 17-20 in Nashville, TN....

The ninth annual Americana Music Association has established comprehensive and pragmatic greening initiatives for its festival to be held September 17-20 in Nashville, TN. Not only will there be recycling, but there will be a daily schedule of panels at the conference devoted to green ways of living, touring and promoting.

The Ryman Auditorium, Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, and the Nashville Convention Center, in conjunction with the generous support of Metro Nashville Public Works, will be providing recycling trailers and bins for use. For several of these venues, this will be their first time recycling.

Levon Helm will officially jump start the festivities on September 17 with his Ramble at the Ryman Auditorium. Face value of tickets ranges from $45 to $65.

Host Jim Lauderdale and bandleader Buddy Miller will celebrate John Hiatt, Joan Baez, Jason and The Scorchers, Terry Lickona, James McMurtry, Chris Thile with Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush, Justin Townes Earle, Tift Merritt, Mike Farris, Ryan Bingham, The Steel Drivers, Kane Welch Kaplin and Steve Earle. Also appearing are Nanci Griffith, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters and some very special surprise guests.

There will be workshops and panels including the Sam Bush speaking on the Greening of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kathy Mattea presenting highlights from “An Inconvenient Truth,” and The Duhks sharing their experiences on green touring, just to name a few. The panels, coordinated by Atlanta-based Change of Atmosphere, will be presented daily at the festival.

The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals and agents.