Nashville 2.0
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Watch Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9pm on WMHT TV.

NASHVILLE 2.0: The Rise of Americana, as part of the 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival.  The list is a comprehensive lineup of rising and veteran country, folk, rock and multi-genre artists who are prominent in the Americana movement.  Several of the artists are winners of 2013 Americana Music Awards that were given out last month.  The hour-long documentary includes performances from many of these artists, as well as insightful interviews with musicians and music critics about the vibrant scene centered in Nashville, Tenn. Get more information about the program.

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: 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.

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 November 23rd on PBS in select markets (check local listings for broadcast dates and times) 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.

“It’s astonishing how much vibrant, soul-shaking and exciting music is coming out right now from the Americana movement which both welcomes and blends the best of this country’s musical traditions,” says Donald Thoms, PBS Vice President of General Audience Programming and Talent Management.  “It’s doubly exciting to present NASHVILLE 2.0’s fast-paced and comprehensive primer on Americana music, paired with Austin City Limits’ annual concert that gives viewers a closer look at these performers and the songs that are constantly redefining the genre.”

Like all 2013 PBS Arts Fall Festival programs, NASHVILLE 2.0 will be hosted by award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”).