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Southern Festival of Books Music Stage Schedule Announced


Anne McCue, R.B. Morris, Julie Christensen and “Adie Grey” MacKenzie Among Featured Performers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Festival of Books brings to Nashville each fall more than 250 best-selling and award-winning authors and 25,000 enthusiastic attendees, but in all of its popularity, the Festival has not forgotten where it came from. The 26th annual event will pay homage to its Music City roots with live music performances at the Music Stage from some of the finest Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Americana singer-songwriters.

Friday, Oct. 10 will feature Country crooners Anne McCue, Irene Kelley, Brennan Leigh and Noel McKay and Folk songstress Leah Edwards; Saturday will hit the high notes of Soul, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Country and Alternative music, and will welcome back a crowd favorite, Rockabilly performer Less Kerr. Renowned poet and songwriter R.B. Morris returns to the stage Saturday as well. On Sunday, naturally, sounds of gospel will fill the air.

The Southern Festival of Books is a free, three-day celebration of the written word where attendees meet their favorite authors, as well as experience the weekend’s abundance of books, food, entertainment and culture. Downtown employees and residents are invited to take in the fall air, stroll the plaza, sway to the music and enjoy the fine street food. This year’s Festival will take place on War Memorial Plaza and inside downtown Nashville’s Public Library on Oct. 10-12.

The Music stage is one of three live performance stages at the Festival:

 In partnership with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Festival will celebrate Artober with its “Artober Nashville Performing Arts Stage,” bringing a weekend of local theater, music and spoken-word performance.

 The Youth Stage will highlight storytellers, musicians, poets, songwriters, hands-on crafts and classic book characters to encourage reading, creating and sharing stories and singing for kids and kids-at-heart alike.

For stage updates and announcements, connect with the festival on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SoFestBooks. The full Festival lineup and more information about each author can be found online at

About the Southern Festival of Books

The Southern Festival of Books is presented by Humanities Tennessee, a non-profit organization that promotes humanities education across Tennessee. The festival is proudly sponsored by the National Endowment for Humanities, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Ingram Content Group, Ingram Industries, Target, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Nashville Scene, AWC Family Foundation, Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books of Nashville, Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Oxford American and The Memorial Foundation, Vanderbilt University and Nashville Arts Magazine.


2014 Music Stage Schedule Preview

*subject to change*

Friday, Oct. 10

Noon-1 p.m. Anne McCue Country, Alternative

1-2 p.m. Irene Kelley Country, Folk, Americana 2-3 p.m. Brennan Leigh and Noel McKay Country, Bluegrass

3-4 p.m. Leah Edwards Americana, Folk

4-5 p.m. TBA

Saturday, Oct. 11

9:30-10:30 a.m. TBA

11-Noon Julie Christensen Soul, Americana

Noon-1 p.m. Les Kerr Blues, Rockabilly 1-2 p.m. John Fabke and Brian Christenson, Bluegrass

2-3 p.m. Carter Robertson Country Blues, Americana

3- 4 p.m. R.B. Morris Country, Alternative

4-5 p.m. Belinda Smith Christian, Gospel

Sunday, Oct. 12

Noon-1 p.m. TBA

1-2 p.m. Tom House Poetry, Folk Music

2-3 p.m. Tommy Womack Country, Blues

3-4 p.m. “Adie Grey” MacKenzie Acoustic, Country, Blues

4-5 p.m. TBA