What's up in Nashville? The Current's guide to Americana Fest

The 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards
(L to R) Brandi Carlile, Irma Thomas, Courtney Marie Andrews, Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter Jr. of The War and Treaty perform onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)

The Americana Music Association's festival and conference takes place in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 11 to 16, with the Americana Fest Honors and Awards presentations on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Plus, The Current's Bill DeVille and David Safar are in Nashville to attend shows, participate in panels and to host an event on Friday, Sept. 14.

Here's a rundown of Americana Fest coverage and events:

• See a summary of the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards, including three prizes for Jason Isbell

• See a summary of the nominees for the Americana Music Association's 2018 Honors and Awards.

The best acts we saw at Americana Fest - Five great minds in public radio (including The Current's Bill DeVille) talk about standout events and artists across the six-day celebration.

• On this week's Listen to Looch, Mary Lucia talks to Bill DeVille about going to Americana Fest:

• The Current, NoiseTrade and Thirty Tigers are teaming up to present Songsmith Social, a live event at Diskin Cider in Nashville, hosted by Bill DeVille. This official Americana Fest showcase features Amanda Shires, Tommy Emmanuel, Mary Gauthier, Ian Noe, Erik Koskinen, Pert Near Sandstone, and Them Coulee Boys.

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  • Songsmith Social in Nashville - horizontal
    Songsmith Social happens on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m., in Nashville, Tenn., and is hosted by The Current's Bill DeVille. (NoiseTrade; Thirty Tigers)
  • Nashville sign at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Tenn.
    A "Nashville" sign lights up the venue at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville, Tenn., during Americana Fest. (courtesy Americana Music Association)
  • The Milk Carton Kids at Americana Fest
    The Milk Carton Kids' Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale will host the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires perform onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Isbell takes photos backstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: John Prine accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Buddy Guy accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: K.D. Lang accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Amanda Shires accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: John Prine performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Isbell accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Nathaniel Rateliff performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Tanya Blount and Michael Trotter Jr. of The War and Treaty speak onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Jason Isbell accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Lukas Nelson performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz of I'm With Her perform onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Aoife O'Donovan, Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz of I'm With Her perform onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Brandi Carlile performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Brandi Carlile performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Irma Thomas performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Rosanne Cash take photos backstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Molly Tuttle take photos backstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Tyler Childers performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Jason Davis/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Tyler Childers accepts an award onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)
  • Americana Music Association 2018 Honors and Awards
    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Anderson East performs onstage during the 2018 Americana Music Honors and Awards at Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music Association)