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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 years. Hank Williams Jr. once wrote him a letter that said, “All I can say is, you’re a hell of a writer.” Then it went on with some slurry... 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 has played with numerous greats of American roots music.

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, programmed the Americana channel X Country at XM Radio from launch to merger, and has been heard on the radio in major markets including New York City, Pittsburgh... 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 Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on... Read More →

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