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11/19/2012

Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen to Perform Americana Blackberry Farm Event

Texas meets Tennessee when two of the Longhorn State’s most celebrated singer-songwriters perform at the 3rd annual Americana Spring Celebration, to be held March 22-23, 2013 at Blackberry Farm, a world-class luxury resort breathtakingly situated in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

This year’s musical experience will feature legendary Texas troubadours Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, playing before the inspiring backdrop of Blackberry Farm to benefit the not-for-profit artist advocacy group. Reservations are available at (800) 648-2348 or blackberryfarm.com.

“This event has become an important fundraiser for our organization and I can’t imagine a finer setting or two finer performers,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “It doesn’t get better than a weekend in the mountains with Lyle and Robert Earl!”

Multi GRAMMY Award winner and Americana Music Association Trailblazer Award recipient Lyle Lovett has released 13 albums and is one of Texas’ premier songwriters, known for his incisive and witty lyrics and eclectic set of musical influences. Since his 1986 debut, Lovett has been entertaining fans who appreciate literate pop and country music – with a knife twist.

“I wish every gig I played was as nice as Blackberry Farm,” Lovett joked. “We can’t wait to join our Americana friends again in the Smoky Mountains this spring.”

With 11 studio albums and six live albums to his credit, Texas Americana songwriter Robert Earl Keen is known for his slice-of-life odes to outlaws and in-laws alike, including “The Road Goes On Forever” and the holiday classic, “Merry Christmas From the Family.”

“We’re going to have a fantastic weekend and support a great cause,” Keen said. “The Americana Music Association does so much to advance the music and the artists. Lyle and I plan to have a blast and make the most of it.”

The renowned Blackberry Farm, a Relais & Chateaux resort, is one of America’s most celebrated intimate luxury hotels, featuring 62 elegant accommodations and some of the world’s finest wines, cuisine, fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, cycling, sporting clay and mountain biking opportunities. Along with an abundance of outdoor activities, Blackberry Farm offers an Aveda Destination Spa and an annual series of culinary events hosted by world-renowned guest chefs and vintners. Past guests and friends of the Farm include world-renowned chefs, winemakers, artists and now, two legendary Americana musicians.

Described as “Easy to get to. Hard to leave,” Blackberry Farm was voted the No. 1 resort in North America for 2011 by Travel + Leisure's readers in the “World’s Best” awards, and is the recipient of many other prestigious accolades. Blackberry Farms creates an unforgettable experience for each guest, with exceptional personal service and attention to detail. Two inventive restaurants showcase “Foothills Cuisine,” an epicurean adventure featuring foods indigenous to the region and borrowing heavily from haute cuisine. Guests enjoy a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar that includes highly collectible American wines found only at Blackberry Farm. The property is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs, established over half a century ago, that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. For reservations and information, please call (800) 648-2348 or visit blackberryfarm.com.

The Americana Music Association is a professional non-profit trade organization whose mission is to promote awareness, provide a forum, and advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, which will take place September 18-22, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. Registration for the Festival and Conference is now available at discounted early bird rates through the store at americanamusic.org.