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AmericanaFest feat. Low Cut Connie, Will Hoge & Lee Roy Parnell

AmericanaFest feat. Low Cut Connie, Will Hoge & Lee Roy Parnell

Tue · September 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Tuesday schedule


High Watt:
9:00pm - Low Cut Connie
10:00pm - Will Hoge
11:00pm - Lee Roy Parnell

For the full festival line-up, visit

Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie
Low Cut Connie was recently called “the essence of what rock n roll should be” by Greg Kot (Sound Opinions / NPR)..and the New York Times has said “their live show is a phenomenon.” They have been a rolling DIY caravan with an explosive live act bubbling under the surface of the music industry for 5 years, building an obsessive fanbase from all walks of life...white and black, straight and gay, young and old...salty lunatics of every persuasion. Even former President Barack Obama is a fan. He chose their anthem of low-brow American life “Boozophilia” for his Spotify Playlist and met with Weiner at the White House in 2016.

But with Dirty Pictures (part 1), Low Cut Connie moves beyond the drunken bar boogie they have become associated with into a deeper, darker, dirtier American life.

“We’ve been thought of as a great party band by so many people, and we wear that as a badge of honor, but I really wanted to go deeper with this record.” Weiner said recently. “We’ve been travelling this country now for a number of years, meeting people of all stripes, entertaining them in their bars and sleeping on their couches, laughing hard, holding them tight and sweating it out with them...I wrote this record really thinking about how people are feeling and living in this country these days. It’s a wild scene out there.”

And what is it that best brings Americans together in such wild and dirty times? Weiner has a simple answer: “Rock n roll. Nothing moves people’ll make the most unsuspecting citizen hot, horny, angry, weepy and emotional and ultimately open to life like never before. I’ve seen it happen. That’s what we do. We change the molecules in the room.”

Whether they succeed or not, Low Cut Connie always attempts to make us feel something real, something very raw. With Dirty Pictures (part 1), this little rock n roll band from Philadelphia attempts to undress America, laughing and crying real tears with us all night long.
Will Hoge
Will Hoge
"Took a whole lot of miles to know what I know now," sings Will Hoge on "Growing Up Around Here," the opening track off of his tenth studio album, Small Town Dreams. "I'm kinda proud of growing up around here." It's been a whole lot of miles, indeed: miles on the road, driving the bus himself from venue to venue since the nineties; miles to and from Nashville writing rooms, where he's spent countless hours penning songs – some for him, some for others; miles exploring lands outside of his native Franklin, Tennessee, chasing the spirits of his musical heroes. Roads meet, roads split, roads led to home. This is the album that follows them all, every twist and turn in Hoge's American journey – a journey that's positioned him as one of our keenest, most honest modern storytellers, telling both his tale and ours.

"It's a reflection of where I am currently in my life," says Hoge of Small Town Dreams, "but also where I grew up, and, ultimately, where I think I'm going." From the streets of the town where he was raised, to the sidewalks of cities a hundred times the size, we all have dreams; and these are the stories of growing up, looking back and passing on those dreams, told as only Hoge can. Nostalgia, in his hands, is truly magic.

An extremely prolific songwriter with ten albums under his belt and countless songs written for others (including a Grammy nomination for Eli Young Band's number-one hit, "Even If Breaks Your Heart," co-written with Paslay), Hoge saw this next phase of his journey as an opportunity to explore even deeper into both his country and rock & roll roots. Never fitting particularly neatly into a genre box, he's always just made the music that moved him – but it's safe to say that he feels more kinship with the country community than ever, particularly as a storyteller.
Lee Roy Parnell
Lee Roy Parnell
Parnell was born in Abilene, TX, on December 21, 1956, and grew up on his parents’ ranch. His father had toured with a teenage Bob Wills in traveling medicine shows, and Lee Roy’s first public performance came on Wills’ radio show at age six. As a teenager, he played drums in a local band and soon picked up guitar as well, eventually concentrating on slide playing. From the earliest years of his life, an ethic of hard work and perseverance was ingrained in to his psyche.
He reminisces, “I didn’t know it at the time but ranch life was preparing me for the profession I chose. Turns out the two are not at all dissimilar. There’s not a lot you can control. Whether it be a rough partnership with a record company, a manager or booking agency…to me it was no different than trying to change the weather. All you can do is work hard, stay focused and never ever give up. Never! No matter what ‘they’ might tell you. Outlast the naysayers.”
Historically, he joined Kinky Friedman’s Texas Jewboys in his late teens and moved to Austin in 1974 to join the city’s budding music scene. Parnell spent over a decade playing clubs in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York while honing his style and songwriting. Lee Roy moved to Nashville in 1987, where he quickly landed a publishing contract with Polygram Music, and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Cafe. In 1989, he signed to Clive Davis’ Arista Records, led by friend and mentor, Tim Dubois. Produced by Barry Beckett, of the world-famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Parnell’s self-titled debut album featured a collection of horn-driven country-soul. It received good reviews but didn’t break him commercially; that would happen with 1992’s Love Without Mercy, which emphasized Parnell’s searing slide guitar skills. “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment” both went to number two on the charts, and the title track also made the Top Ten. 1993’s On the Road produced two more Top Ten hits with its title track and “I’m Holding My Own.” The Hank Williams / Ray Charles track, “Take These Chains From My Heart” also made the Top 20.
In 1995, Lee Roy was asked to help launch Arista’s sister label, Career Records, with the release of We All Get Lucky Sometimes. The album was his most successful yet, spawning two Top Five hits in “A Little Bit of You” (number two) and “Heart’s Desire” (number three), and two additional Top 15 hits, “When A Woman Loves A Man” (with Trisha Yearwood) and “Givin’ Water To A Drowning Man.” “A Little Bit of You” was also a #1 hit on the Radio and Records Magazine charts; a first for a brand-new label. During this time, Parnell’s sound was becoming more defined by roots and soul music. He was also allowed the creative freedom to record with some of his heroes, such as Tex-Mex accordionist Flaco Jimenez. Their collaboration on the track “Cat Walk” garnered a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental.
Parnell released Every Night’s A Saturday Night in 1997. The album included Top 40 singles “Lucky Me, Lucky You” and “You Can’t Get There From Here,” another recording with Trisha Yearwood (the touching “Better Word For Love”) and the Grammy nominated boogie-woogie instrumental, “Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight,” which was written and produced by Lee Roy and his entire band, The Hot Links (James Pennebaker / Kevin McKendree / Lee Roy Parnell / Lynn Williams / Stephen Mackey).
Next up was Parnell’s Hits and Highways Ahead in 1999, a retrospective of hits featuring a handful of new tracks — “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” and “Long Way To Fall” among them. Lee Roy’s recording of the Son House tune, “John The Revelator,” featuring The Fairfield Four, garnered a CMA nomination for Vocal Event of The Year. The album also included the popular track “Honky Tonk Night Time Man,” handpicked and sent to Lee Roy by good friend and mentor, the legendary Merle Haggard. Following his years at Arista and Career, Parnell was ready to expand his musical horizons and partnered up with the rootsy Vanguard label in Los Angeles. His album with them was 2001’s Tell The Truth, which was recorded at the world-renowned Muscle Shoals Sound by Johnny Sandlin (chief engineer for Capricorn Records and The Allman Brothers Band). Special guests Keb’ Mo’, Delbert McClinton, Bekka Bramlett, and The Mississippi Mass Choir make appearances on the record, which include noted songs from Lee Roy’s catalog such as “South by Southwest,” “Breaking Down Slow,” “Right Where It Hurts,” and “Guardian Angel.” In keeping with his quest for more artistic freedom, he joined forces with Universal South in 2006 and returned to the studio to record Back To The Well. This album delved even further into his blues and southern soul roots with tracks like the romping title cut, fan favorite “Just Lucky That Way,” and the heartfelt “Daddies and Daughters.”
With the release of Back To The Well, Parnell received some very rare support from Gibson Guitars with a series of guitar clinics interwoven with tour dates across the country in a custom Gibson tour bus. Parnell went on to collaborate with Gibson on a signature model celebrating the ’57 Les Paul Goldtop in 2001. His relationship with Gibson and the Les Paul is not a new one, wherein Parnell’s first Goldtop was a 1956 model he bought when he was 15-years-old, and was his only guitar well into his 30’s. Although he experimented for a few years after that with different guitars, searching for his own sound, he ultimately returned to his first love, the 1956 Les Paul Goldtop in 2001, and helped Gibson reinvigorate the model. Talks then came about to develop a Lee Roy Parnell Signature Model and culminated with a final eight months of arduous development, producing Gibson’s Lee Roy Parnell Signature ’57 Les Paul Goldtop. You can read more information about the guitar at
The year 2011 brought Lee Roy Parnell what is probably his most cherished honor to date—an induction into the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame where he joined the company of legendary singer/songwriters such as Kris Kristofferson, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Rodney Crowell, JD Souther, Roger Miller, Guy Clark, and others. Parnell continues to produce and write with some of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in the world as co-partner in his music publishing company, Dean Parnell Music, and is currently supporting his first independent release, Midnight Believer (released August 11, 2017 via Vector Recordings).
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203