Friday, September 19 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Billy Block: Creating Community

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First in Los Angeles in the 1980s and later in Nashville, Billy Block galvanized a community of free-thinking but like-minded, country-rooted, songwriter-oriented musicians and became a central figure in scenes that helped create what we now recognize as Americana music. Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale,

Rodney Crowell, Robbie Fulks, Duane Jarvis, Walter Hyatt, Allison Moorer, Kenny Vaughan and hundreds of others played Block’s stages, performing to rooms full of peers, industry shakers, and fans. Block was Americana’s first impresario, bringing the music to new ears with his radio shows and with his “Western Beat” television program, which aired nationally on CMT. Without Block, the story of Americana would be a different one. This is an invaluable chance to hear Block’s thoughts on Americana’s past, present and future, and to hear him uncover hidden history.


Peter Cooper

Sr. Music Writer, The Tennessean
PETER COOPER is a GRAMMY-nominated (he lost) producer, and a touring and recording singer-songwriter. He teaches country music history at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, and as senior music writer at The Tennessean he has chronicled Americana music for the past 14... Read More →


Billy Block

Americana Impresario
BILLY BLOCK Ask Billy Block what he does and he’ll respond, “What do you need?” He is a master facilitator who brings people together to make music and then finds ways to get that music heard on television, radio and the internet on a global scale. He’s also a drummer who... Read More →

Jessie Scott

Sun Radio
JESSIE SCOTT is the director of Hill Country Live, with venues in New York City, Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, NY. She is the music director and midday personality at the Americana station network, Sun Radio, Austin. In prior years, she worked as Americana Editor at The Gavin Report... Read More →


Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville's "A" list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby... Read More →

Friday September 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Hillsboro - Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

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