Americana Woman Fest

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Country and Region United StatesFlorida
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Festival Contact Information

Phone: +01 850-322-6917

Festival Description

The festival features a program of traditional and roots women artists. The festival takes place over three days at a different venue each day.

Festival Dates March 19 - 20, 2010

Festival Story:

A few words from the promoter about the Americana Woman line-up 2010:
  • In 1975, I fell for Emmylou Harris. Hard. — Ain’t never really been the same. Girls with guitars. A smooth chin resting on a fiddle. A mandolin cradled like a child. Female harmony bringing meaning to what would otherwise be a dust storm of male vocal vanity. All of this, and similar images and sounds—-both real and imagined—-compose my musical ethos. And this is what underlies my conception of the Americana Woman Music Festival, to be held March 19 and 20 in Tallahassee.
    • It is not a coincidence, but rather by design, that the entire Americana Woman Festival line-up has a personal music connection to me. Nobody applied to this festival. I made the call in every case. In the early 1980s Mimi Hearn was a regular player at a restaurant I owned in town. I met Audrey Auld in Nashville in 2007. It was the first time I played at the Bluebird, she and I sang a duet. I introduced myself to Mare Wakefield in the parking lot of the Bluebird after watching her sing a fearlessly irreverent song on that hallowed, sometimes stuffy stage. Carmela won my heart when I heard her sing a Sharla June, of the Mayhaws song at the Sarasota Folk Festival last year. Carrie Hamby, of the Mayhaws, has played and sung with me since I first came back to town. Two years ago, at the Florida Folk Festival, I heard Rebekah Pulley sing her song “Rich Man,” and I’ve been an enchanted fan ever since. At the Gamble Rogers Festival in 2008 Rebecca Zapen tap danced and fiddled her way into my heart with a song she wrote about getting naked in a Japanese bath house. And last spring I wandered into the Warehouse here in Tallahassee and, like everybody else in this town, fell in love with Sarah Mac.
    • It is an honor, during this festival, to be able to share the awe, reverence, and admiration I have for these incredibly talented women. I hope you can join them in paying tribute, during Women’s History Month, to all the women who have so powerfully made their mark on the music we love.
      — Grant Peeples


Festival Events:

Line-up 2010:
  • Sarah MacBand — Tallahassee, Florida
  • The Mayhaws — Tallahassee, Florida
  • Rececca Zapen — St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Mimi Hearn & The Hearn Dogs — Tallahassee, Florida
  • Recekka Pulley — St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Audrey Auld — Tasmania, Australia
  • Mare Wakefield — Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rebecca Rippy & Co. — St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Radio Free Carmella — Bradenton, Florida


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