BMI will partner with Billy Reid and Ground Control Touring to present a Southern-bred showcase on Friday, September 23 at the Cannery Ballroom (One Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203) during SoundLand 2011 in Nashville. Headliner Justin Townes Earle will bring his provocative Tennessee-rambler songs; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit will fire off their Muscle Shoals-steeped swamp rock; Houston kid Robert Ellis will reaffirm the folk-meets-twang still cultivated where West meets South; and Alabama-bred, East Nashville-based singer/songwriter Shelly Colvin will inject her soul-baring, soul-searing music into the mix.
BMI is a longtime supporter of SoundLand—formerly dubbed Next Big Nashville. Industry players and music fanatics may be coming together under a new name, but SoundLand’s devotion to elevating and celebrating music’s bottomless well of new sounds rages stronger than ever. More than 100 performers, ranging from unsigned singer/songwriters to major label artists, will play venues throughout downtown Nashville September 21-24.
Next Big Nashville presents SoundLand: September 21-24
Festival wristbands: $65
VIP badge: $150
For single show tickets, wristbands, and more information: www.nbnsoundland.com
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