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BGS Top 50 Moments: Americanafest Midnight Windup 2013

Sep 15, 2022

BGS Top 50 Moments: Americanafest Midnight Windup 2013

The energy was palpable in Nashville that day. It was Americanafest, and everyone who was anyone in this community was in town for the week-long conference, festival, and awards show.

The Bluegrass Situation’s Midnight Windup, held in The Cannery, was hosted by Ed Helms and his band The Lonesome Trio and featuring a cavalcade of guests that included David Bromberg, the Milk Carton Kids, Aoife O’Donovan, The Infamous Stringdusters, Joy Kills Sorrow, Black Prairie, and the Steep Canyon Rangers joined by an up and coming guitar slinger with an unforgettable name: Sturgill Simpson.

Even though we’d technically been up and running for over a year, that night felt like something of a launch party at an event that has subsequently become a homecoming every year since. We’re honored to return to Nashville to celebrate our tenth anniversary with several events during Americanafest, including a night of pure bluegrass hosted by fiddler Jason Carter and friends, a special pre-awards show happy hour at the City Winery Lounge (cake was involved!) and an afternoon of live music from the artists of Nettwerk Music Group at the Basement on Friday.

Cover photo by James R. Martin; gallery photos by Erika Goldring

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