The Oklahoma Film + Music Office and Studio Oklahoma were proud to partner with the Americana Music Association at the 17th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference (AmericanaFest) in Nashville, Tennessee, September 20 – 25. For the first time since its inception, AmericanaFest recognized Oklahoma’s contribution to the Americana music genre and featured the state’s legendary history and current thriving music scene throughout the festival.
The nationally televised Americana Honors and Awards Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium featured performances by John Moreland (nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year) and Parker Millsap (nominated for Album of the Year), as well as the President’s Award dedication to Oklahoma Folk legend, Woody Guthrie. OF+MO brought on several community partners, forming Studio Oklahoma, which presented several conference events including a booth in the conference exhibit hall and an Oklahoma Music panel session, featuring renowned panelists Hugh Foley (Oklahoma Music Historian), Jeff Moore (Director, OKPOP Museum), Jared Deck (Musician), Carter Sampson (Musician) and Greg Johnson (Owner, The Blue Door).
An official Oklahoma Music Showcase drew a packed house and featured performances by Jimmy LaFave, Carter Sampson, John Moreland, Parker Millsap, Wanda Jackson and Jared Deck. Studio Oklahoma closed the week with a private showcase featuring Susan Herndon, Levi Parham, Carter Sampson and Jimmy LaFave.