Americana Music Fest To Be Televised on AXS TV; Natural Child, Birdcloud and Jonny Fritz Do Daytrotter; The Kopecky Family Band Does Rolling Stone [Media Bits]



* According to a press release received today by the Scene, the folks behind the Nashville-based Americana Music Fest have announced "a new partnership with AXS TV which will result in a two-year commitment of the network’s live broadcast of the annual Americana Honors & Awards." AXS TV, eh? Well, according to Internet, AXS is pronounced "access" and features "men's interest programming, sporting and concert events, with a future emphasis on entertainment and pop culture programming." Guess this is part of that entertainment emphasis. The broadcast, says this release, "will deliver viewers an exclusive experience including live behind-the-scenes coverage of sound checks, red carpet arrivals and interviews with the evening’s special guest artists." Exclusive!

* Looks like the locals are getting their Trot on in full force today. The Rock Island, Illinois-based in-studio performance series Daytrotter just posted sessions from Natural Child (who slayed at our anniversary party on Saturday night), jokester folk duo Birdcloud and Jonny Fritz and the In-Laws (Fritz, of course, having recently abandoned his "Corndawg" moniker). Tracks include Cream faves "Shut Up," "Fuck You Cop" and "B$G P$MP$N," not necessarily in that order.

* And finally, you may have seen feel-good indie outfit Kopecky Family Band play their tune "Heartbeat," but now you can get it in MP3 form courtesy of Rolling Stone. Kelsey Kopecky says to RS, "'Heartbeat' is a fun and lighthearted love song that was born on the out of tune piano in my living room. I hope it makes you smile." Fine. But hey, I don't think those kids are actually related, despite their similarly hip haircuts.

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