As most of Nashville knows by now, AmericanaFest has been in full swing this week, taking over almost every venue in town for five days packed full of music comprising the best of the various genres that compose the umbrella term Americana music. We already caught you up with our full guide to the complete five-day festival, but wanted to also remind you about the separate mini-festival taking place at the Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday featuring performances from last year’s Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner and country music legend Loretta Lynn, outlaw songwriter Steve Earle (who we caught at City Winery earlier this year), revered acoustic duo Gillian Welch (you might recognize them from the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack), and East Nashville country singer Nikki Lane (site fave who we caught recently at Mercy Lounge), among others on two stages.
AmericanaFest wristband and badge holders take note; this event is ticketed separately from the rest of festival and your wristbands/badges won’t get you in. Tickets are, however, very cheap considering the jaw-dropping impressive names on the bill, running at $25, $45, and $75 a pop (grab them here before they’re gone). One would normally pay that much just to see one of the headliners, so this really is a deal folks. Doors open at 4 p.m. and music runs from 4:45 p.m. through the rest of the evening. This is the first time AmericanaFest has taken on such a project and the first time Ascend has had a mini-fest with two stages, and we think it’ll be best to end your AmericanaFest 2015 with the inimitable, legendary Loretta.