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Billboard on Americana Music - Melting Pot of Honesty

Billboard on Americana Music - Melting Pot of Honesty

// 7.1.16

Billboard 'Chart Beat' Podcast Features Dave Cobb & Americana Music Association's Executive Director Jed Hilly Speaking on the 'Melting Pot of Honesty' That Is Americana Music

Hilly a Guest on WHO KNEW's "Who's In Charge" Panel July 21
Confirmed to Speak During Australian Music Week November 2-4

As the Americana Music Association gears up for AmericanaFest NYC, August 6-7, and it's 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, September 20-25, the organization's Executive Director, Jed Hilly, is confirmed for several special events, spreading the word about all things Americana.

"We were excited when we got Americana in Webster's Dictionary, and equally thrilled when Billboard created an Americana chart," says Hilly. "It's a delicate balance, moving from the fringe of the mainstream, but I think we're growing in the right ways with quality integrity at our core."

Dave Cobb, renowned producer and Americana Music Association board member, and Hilly sat down with Billboard's "Chart Beat" podcast to talk about Americana. You can listen to the interview here.

On July 21, Hilly will be part of the WHO KNEW™ speaker series "Who's In Charge." The panel of influential executives includes: Sarah Trahern {CEO of the Country Music Association}, Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Craig Havighurst, Steve Keller {CEO of iV Audio Branding}, and Kevin Griffin {lead vocalist and guitarist for Better Than Ezra}. The discussion will be held at 3rd & Lindsley. Tickets can be purchased here.

Following the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference in September, Hilly will head down under and participate in the second annual Australian Music Week, which will take place November 2-4 in Cronulla Beach, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

"I'm thrilled to attend Australian Music Week this year," said Hilly. "There are so many great Australian artists who are inspired by roots influences. The global rise in popularity of Americana bodes well for the future."