Amer­i­cana ahead

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The first-ever Rap­pa­han­nock Amer­i­cana Fes­ti­val is Satur­day, May 17, and fea­tures two con­certs (and a likely all-star pick­ing party in be­tween, dur­ing a din­ner break at Stony­man Gourmet’s back­yard gar­den). The evening con­cert at the Theatre on Gay Street starts at 8 and fea­tures leg­endary Nashville trou­ba­dour David Ol­ney with famed gui­tarslinger Ser­gio Webb, and Robin and Linda Wil­liams and Their Fine Group.

The noon-to-6 p.m. af­ter­noon con­cert, on the grounds of Avon Hall, fea­tures folk, roots and blue­grass acts, in­clud­ing Irene Kel­ley, Craver Hicks Wat­son & Newberry (three of the four be­ing founders of the Red Clay Ram­blers), Rap­pa­han­nock’s own Gold Top County Ram­blers and Mandalele and con­cert or­ga­nizer Ben “Cooter” Jones, who’ll be ap­pear­ing not-quiteincog­nito, as Big Buster & The Dirty Dawgs.

Ol­ney is con­sid­ered to be one of the pi­o­neers of much of what’s now called Amer­i­cana mu­sic, and is of­ten com­pared to singer/song­writ­ers like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dy­lan. He has recorded 20 al­bums in his more than 40 years of non­stop singing, writ­ing and in­ter­na­tional tour­ing. His songs have been recorded by Linda Ron­stadt, Del McCoury and oth­ers.

Robin and Linda Wil­liams and Their Fine Group have won the af­fec­tion of Amer­i­cana mu­sic afi­ciona­dos through their record­ings, their tours — and their many per­for­mances on Gar­ri­son Keil­lor’s “Prairie Home Com­pan­ion” show as well as Austin City Lim­its, Moun­tain Stage and the Grand Ole Opry. Their stir­ring con­certs have won them a large body of fans over the years and their song­writ­ing has won them the re­spect of their mu­si­cal peers. Their orig­i­nal songs have been cov­ered by coun­try mu­sic greats such as Mary Chapin Car­pen­ter, Tom T. Hall, Em­my­lou Har­ris and The Sel­dom Scene.

Tick­ets to each con­cert are $25 ($40 for both). For a $5 dis­count on sin­gle-show tick­ets, visit rap­pa­han­nock­amer­i­cana.com, click on “tick­ets” and, when the time comes, en­ter the code “lo­cal2014” for the dis­count. Reser­va­tions for the evening con­cert can also be made by call­ing 540-675-1253 or email­ing reser­va­[email protected] the­atre­wash­ing­tonva.com.

Trou­ba­dour David Ol­ney is at the Theatre May 17.

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