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Americana Music Association® Launches New Member Initiative ft. Caitlin Canty & Oshima Bros. 2019 Tour

Americana Music Association® Launches New Member Initiative ft. Caitlin Canty & Oshima Bros. 2019 Tour

// 10.30.18

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2018) - The Americana Music Association® has launched its new artist-centric initiative, The Americana Tour Blueprint, today as a touring resource for members of the not-for-profit music trade organization. Tying into this announcement, an inaugural tour featuring Caitlin Canty and Oshima Brothers will commence on Jan. 4, 2019. These two acts are the trailblazers to use this unprecedented map of today’s Americana venues, radio stations, record stores and publications to book their shows.

The Americana Tour Blueprint was created by the Americana Music Association to provide convenient, up-to-date information in the form of a map for its artist members to use this resource to book a tour along a route, while also providing additional information to potentially supplement their tour stops with marketing support. This map includes an ongoing list of venues, radio stations, record stores and publications in multiple U.S. markets that support Americana music acts.

As of today’s launch, the map currently lists almost 100 markets located slightly beyond the I-95 corridor on the East Coast, and the association intends to expand the initiative nationwide to serve as the ultimate guide for Americana artists to connect and engage with hundreds of markets across the country.

In addition to having venues listed that book Americana music acts, several of the venue managers and owners have agreed to actively participate in the initiative by accepting private submissions for booking consideration from the Americana Music Association’s almost 1,500 artist members.

“We are incredibly excited about this new initiative and thrilled that Caitlin Canty is the first artist to be a part,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "The Tour Blueprint will serve as an invaluable resource for artists in our community who are constantly seeking opportunities to cultivate their audiences and turn them into fans. This tool is a direct reflection of that drive, and we hope that these musicians can use this to help propel their careers forward as they take their music out on the road.”

"I only wish something like this existed when I was starting out as a DIY touring musician," added Canty. "It took me a long time to find the right venues and stations for my music and cultivate those relationships. This Americana Tour Blueprint is a great tool to help musicians who are just starting to tour, and to bring more clarity and direction to any artist on the road. It's a smart roadmap for anyone looking for venues or radio stations friendly to Americana music."

Mark Lourie of Skyline Artists Agency, agent for both Canty and the Oshimas, provided guidance on the creation of this artist resource.

"I'm so pleased to have played a role in helping develop the Americana Tour Blueprint," said Lourie. "While certainly an incredible resource for independent artists who may not have yet found professional management or agency representation, it's also a great asset for those professionals to find in one location, the range of radio, media and other support services available to help support an artist's tour or release."

To celebrate the launch of the Americana Tour Blueprint, the association will be presenting a 13-city tour featuring Canty and Oshima Brothers that will begin on January 4 in New York City, NY. (Please see below for a full list of dates.)

Tickets for these shows are on sale now and available for purchase at

Members of the Americana Music Association will receive a special discount code to purchase tickets via the email address associated with their membership account on November 1.

Caitlin Canty with special guests Oshima Brothers on Tour (2019)
Presented by the Americana Music Association:

January 4: New York City, NY - Rockwood Music Hall 

January 5: Cooperstown, NY - Cooperstown Concert Series at The Otesaga Resort Hotel*

January 6: Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena

January 8: Boston, MA - City Winery**

January 10: Philadelphia, PA - The Locks at Sona

January 11: Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java

January 12: Charlottesville, VA - Southern Cafe

January 13: Roanoke, VA - The Spot on Kirk

January 15: Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse 

January 16: Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall

January 17: Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic 

January 18: Chattanooga, TN - Songbirds North Stage 

January 19: Nashville, TN - Analog at The Hutton Hotel

* = No member discount will be offered for this show
** = Tickets for this show go on sale November 1

The Americana Tour Blueprint is one of many resources provided to members of the association. With an annual membership beginning at just $35 for artists and $75 for industry professionals, one also receives access to a directory of around 3,000 members worldwide, comprehensive how-to guides for music business professionals and artists, exclusive discounts, benefits and more opportunities. To learn more about memberships or to join, please click here.

Since its inception in 1999, the mission of the Americana Music Association has been to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. In recent years, the association's unwavering dedication to artist advocacy has been evidenced by several milestones, including the addition of the Best Americana Album GRAMMY® category by the Recording Academy and Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums Chart, as well as the inclusion of the musical term, Amer·i·ca·na, to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

For music venues, radio stations, record stores and publications inquiring on how to become a part of the Americana Tour Blueprint, please click here.

For more information, please visit 


About the Americana Music Association®:
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Mountain Valley Water, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.

About Caitlin Canty:
Caitlin Canty is a Nashville-based singer and songwriter whose music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. “Motel Bouquet,” Canty’s third record, was produced by GRAMMY®-nominated Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and recorded live over three days in Nashville. Rolling Stone hails Motel Bouquet as “dreamy and daring” with “poetic lyrics and haunting melodies.”

About Oshima Brothers:
Oshima Brothers' magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. Their debut album, "Oshima Brothers," released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie.

About Skyline Artists Agency:
As one of North America's most enduring boutique agencies, the Skyline Artist Agency and VP Mark Lourie's 25-year commitment to the diversity of Americana music runs deep. The agency's eclectic roster ranges from contemporary artists including Darlingside, We Banjo 3 and Zoe Keating to heritage artists like Poco, Michael Martin Murphey, Freddie McGregor and this year's historic Sweetheart Of The Rodeo 50th Anniversary Tour. 


For more information, please contact:
Bryan Ros | Americana Music Association® | 615.386.6936 |
Jackie Marushka | Marushka Media | 615.417.6500 |