British Underground


Americana Fest

British Underground will be hosting a series of showcase and networking events at Nashville's Americana Fest 2016:

Bootleg BBQ

Americana In The UK Panel

The AMA-UK Mid-day Party

High Tea at Alley Taps

At the Helm & Last Chance Records Transatlantic Label Party


We’ve announced the lineup for our next Bootleg BBQ, the international recognised UK Americana Music networking event during AmericanaFest 2016.

The Bootleg BBQ will be hosted once again at the east Nashville record store, The Groove on Saturday 24 September. The event celebrates the UK‘s best musicians influenced by Americana and will feature performances from acts including Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones and several artists who have been supported by the International Showcase Fund this year, including William The Conqueror, Yola Carter and Robert Vincent. The event will be hosted by Baylen Leonard –  BBC Radio 2 broadcaster and presenter and US country music expert.

Take a listen to our Spotify playlist featuring all of the acts on the Bootleg BBQ line up.

Main Stage

Robert Vincent




Yola Carter

Teddy Thompson

& Kelly Jones

Applewood Road

Sons Of Bill

The Americans

Frontier Ruckus


Record Store Stage

Dean Owens

Lewis & Leigh

Bella Hardy

Danni Nicholls

Worry Dolls

Click here for set times and official posters

Facebook event

Follow @B_Undergr0und and #bootlegbbq for any updates on the event


Other British Underground associated events:

Americana in the UK Panel


Click here to schedule in the Americanafest App: 
As the transatlantic traffic continues apace between the Americana scenes of the UK and USA this panel aims to shine a spotlight on this special relationship and explore how US acts can make an impact in the old country.  With contributions from some of the leading figures in the UK Americana industry, this informal discussion will look at the basics of planning a trip to the UK, what to expect when you get there and the various approaches that can make your journey a success including signing to a label, touring, PR and collaboration.   This panel is bought to you by British Underground and AMA UK.
Stevie Freeman - AMA UK/Union Music Store
Doug Hall - D Digital PR
Julia Grant - Loose Music
Jim Walker At The Helm Records
Travis Hill Last Chance Records


Wednesday 21st September

The AMA-UK Mid-day Party
12.15pm -1.45pm
Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley

The Americana Music Association UK and British Underground present the annual AMA-UK Mid-day Party. Following on form last year’s packed Mid-day Party, this event provides an opportunity for creative and business professionals to network with fellow artists and industry from across the pond. The event also features back-to-back acoustic performances from three of our official showcase artists:

Performance times:
12.15pm William the Conqueror
12.45pm Robert Vincent
1.15pm Yola Carter

Thursday 22nd September

High Tea @ Alley Taps
Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley

The Americana Music Association UK and British Underground welcome all to take high tea at Alley Taps, situated on historic Printers Alley, just a short walk from the Sheraton. This early evening event provides a relaxed environment for musicians and industry to network with international professionals and creatives. The event will showcase a number of exciting upcoming artists from the UK and US, providing a musical and cultural exchange. Attendees are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to discuss overseas opportunities within the UK roots, Americana and alt-country scenes.

Performance times:
5.15pm Michael Logen, Shantell Ogden, Josh Christian (in the round)
5.50pm Lewis & Leigh
6.20pm William the Conqueror
6.50pm Ciaran Lavery
7.20pm Yola Carter
7.45pm close


Friday 23rd September

At the Helm & Last Chance Records Transatlantic Label Party
 Alley Taps, 162 Printers Alley

A celebration of two passionate independent labels promoting music collectively both sides of the Atlantic. This a chance to come and experience some of our 'un-scrubbed' Americana for free in a central Nashville location.
Performance times (tbc)
5.10pm Robert Vincent
5.40pm Tim Easton
6.15pm Eric Ambel
6.50pm Austin Lucas
7.30pm Massy Ferguson


Follow @B_Undergr0und and #bootlegbbq for any updates on the events.