This year is the third annual WDVX High Life Americana Series sponsored by Miller High Life held at The Shed in Maryville. This year’s focus is to bring the best variety of artists within the Americana genre as possible. The line-up covers folk, alternative country, some bluegrass and lots of great music. This year’s artists each bring their own twist on Americana music. Kicking off the series is Scott Miller and the Commonwealth on April 26. Miller is a local favorite whose Americana/rock music is perfect to start this season off right. May 31 brings warmer weather and the humorous tunes of Todd Snider. Snider’s records are fun even when they aren’t being funny, funny even when they’re sad, and no less truthful for the laughs. June 28, we welcome one of the most respected living figures in American music, Billy Joe Shaver. He’s where it all began. Even Johnny Cash called him, “his favorite songwriter.”
Then July 12, John Hiatt comes to town. When everyone from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Rodney Crowell and Willie Nelson to Buddy Guy, Flaco Jimenez and Ry Cooder have covered his tunes, it’s quite clear that those who appreciate great song writing and savor a keen wit, narrative flair and refusal to pen a sloppy or sappy line, eagerly embrace John Hiatt’s tunes. Also coming on July 26 are The Hackensaw Boys who are recognized as one of the most exciting groups on the Americana music scene. Finally, Mary Gauthier will appear on August 16.
Tickets for the WDVX High Life Americana Series are $13 regular and $8 at the gate for those who choose to ride in on bikes the night of the show. Advance tickets are available at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson located in Maryville, and at all Tickets Unlimited Outlets. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 865-656-4444, or at www.smh-d.com. The box office opens at 5 p.m. on all show dates.