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The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF) was a proud sponsor of the 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® which took place September 10 -15. The festival gathered thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. The annual event offers six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, intimate showcases each night. Check out the photos below from our time at this amazing event!


Alan LeQuire's Cultural Heroes will be an upcoming exhibit displayed at the Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame. Cultural Heroes features seven icons of an ongoing series of artists who were key role players for Civil Rights.The artist's seven role models currently represented in the sculptures are Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie, and Josh White. 

(l to r: Advisory Board Member Mark Weld, artist Alan LeQuire, Andre LeQuire, Advisory Board Member Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., Advisory Board Member Chuck McDermott.)

Photo credit Anne McDermott


Rounder Records artist Billy Strings (second from right) performs with other artists at AMERICANAFEST®. Rolling Stone named Strings one of the Top Ten New Country Artists to Know in 2017. Rounder Records was founded by FARHOF Industry Advisor, Ken Irwin.

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FARHOF Advisory Board Members Chuck McDermott, Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., and Mark Weld snap a photo on the Country Music Hall of Fame stage with President & CEO, Kyle Young. The Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the world's largest and most active popular music research centers and the world's largest repository of country music artifacts.

(l to r: Chuck McDermott, Kyle Young, Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr. and Mark Weld)

CMHOF Rotunda with Law and Friends

Chuck McDermott, Mark Weld and Josiah A. Spaulding Jr. take a photo under Don Law Sr.'s Country Music Hall of Fame plaque. Don Law Jr. is an Honorary Chair of the FARHOF Advisory Board.

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(l to r) Chuck McDermott, Mark Weld, Henry Hicks & Josiah A. Spaulding Jr.. Henry Hicks is the President & CEO of the National African American Museum of Music. The Museum is scheduled to open in Nashville, Tennessee in 2020. It will showcase musical genres inspired, created, or influenced by African-Americans.


(l to r) Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr. converses with FARHOF Artistic Advisor, Jim Lauderdale.

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