Sheryl Crow, Billy Bob Thornton & Steve Earle among AMA’s guests

The 9th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference Kicks off this Wednesday in Nashville with loads of surprises and big name performers. More than 1,000 artists and industry professionals will be at the Nashville Convention Center and at various venues throughout the city until Saturday.

The Americana Music Association just announced that Sam Bush, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Miller and Billy Bob Thornton are some of the special guests who will appear at the festival and Conference Kickoff event, Levon Helm‘s Ramble at the Road Wednesday at the Ryman.

Also just announced- 2008 nominees Sam Bush (Instrumentalist of the Year), Steve Earle (Artist of the Year) and Chris Thile (Instrumentalist of the Year) will be performing at this years Honors & Awards show Thursday at the Ryman Auditorium.

They will join host Jim Lauderdale, bandleader Buddy Miller, and previously announced artists; John Hiatt, Joan Baez, James McMurtry, Kane Welch Kaplin, Justin Townes Earle, Tift Merritt, Mike Farris, Ryan Bingham, The Steeldrivers and the reunion of Jason & The Scorchers.

This show should kick booty. You can get tickets through ticketmaster.

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