August 27, 2008

BMI Offers Roots Music Torch-Bearers at 2008 ACL Music Festival

Press Release

NASHVILLE, August 12, 2008 - Roots music with a distinct Texas tilt will dominate BMI’s intimate stage at the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival, slated for September 26 through 28 in the live music capital of the world. Now in its seventh year, the BMI-sponsored stage near the main entrance to Zilker Park has built a reputation amongst roots music fans for its mix of auspicious newcomers and Austin-area talent.  The three-day festival casts a broad, genre-less net with 130 bands on eight stages over three days in Austin’s Zilker Park.

While the majority of artists gracing the BMI stage claim Texas roots, those hailing from elsewhere boast an eclectic artistry right at home in the state’s historically rich musical climate. The free range sounds on the stage span Ryan Bingham’s gritty storytelling and Donavon Frankenreiter’s funky folk to American Bang’s jaunty southern rock and the stringed jubilation of The South Austin Jug Band.



11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Ben Cyllus (Nashville)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. Paula Nelson (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. Sunny Sweeney (Austin)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. Bobby Bare, Jr. (Nashville)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. Ryan Bingham (Austin)

8:30 – 9:15 p.m. Donavon Frankenreiter (Laguna Beach, CA)


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Bonnie Bishop (Austin)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. We Go to 11 (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. Band of Heathens (Austin)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. City and Colour (Saint Catharines, Ontario)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. American Bang (Nashville)


11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Elizabeth Wills (Austin)

12:40 – 1:20 p.m. Belleville Outfit (Austin)

2:40 – 3:20 p.m. The Massacoustics (Nashville)

4:40 – 5:20 p.m. Colour Revolt (Oxford, Mississippi)

6:40 – 7:20 p.m. South Austin Jug Band (Austin)

BMI’s stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival exemplifies the organization’s continued dedication to fostering auspicious new talent. BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative and promotional opportunities, including the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre, Jason Blume Songwriters’ and Jazz Composers Workshops; 8 off 8th, Pick of the Month and Acoustic Lounge showcase series; and stages at premier festivals including Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, the Key West Songwriters Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

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About BMI
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s most recent financial results, $839 million in performing right collections for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, were the highest for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The non-profit-making U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Kay Clary / BMI
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