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Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana

8 pm Friday, Nov. 22, on WILL-TV: Performances by Alabama Shakes, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash, The Civil Wars, Jerry Douglas, Emmylou Harris and others.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Carolina Chocolate Drops

NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana captures Nashville, known around the world as “music city,” in its role as the historic home of music icons and institutions, as well as rising stars and young musicians who arrive with new sounds and dreams of making it big. Creating the musical landscape of tomorrow, Nashville is home to Americana music, the 21st century version of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, gospel and blues. This special explores the American musical melting pot, looking to the future while embracing the breadth and genius of roots music artists. NASHVILLE 2.0 tells the story, sings the songs, and celebrates the vibrancy of the Americana music scene.

Artists appearing in NASHVILLE 2.0 are listed here in alphabetical order (* indicates a 2013 Americana Music Award winner; italics indicates a Grammy Award winner): Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Laura Cantrell, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash*, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Rodney Crowell*, Dawes, Jerry Douglas, John Fullbright, Shakey Graves, Emmylou Harris*, The James Hunter Six, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jim Lauderdale, The Lone Bellow, The Mavericks, The Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller, Mumford & Sons, Shovels and Rope*, Richard Thompson, and Dwight Yoakam*.                    

NASHVILLE 2.0 kicks off the “PBS Americana Music Weekend,” which pairs this documentary with an Americana music concert from PBS’ iconic Austin City Limits (ACL) series.  In a special episode, ACL travels to Nashville to capture performance highlights from the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards.  ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013 airs at 11:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 23, on WILL-TV with an incredible line-up of artists that highlights the best of Americana.  Recorded in September at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, the program -- like NASHVILLE 2.0 -- showcases both established and rising stars.  Many of the Americana Music Association award winners perform and participate in musical collaborations.  ACL PRESENTS features Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, The Milk Carton Kids, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Dr. John, Duane Eddy, John Fullbright, Stephen Stills, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale.  Full ACL episodes are available online at following their initial broadcast.