Since its founding, Americana Music Academy has survived personal losses, financial struggles and a global pandemic. The nonprofit will celebrate 20 years serving Lawrence with a concert on Thursday.
Rick Faris, the front man of the Faris Brothers, used to teach at Americana Music Academy and is now a “Nashville namesake,” said Max Paley, executive director of Americana.
Doug DuBois, a perennial presence at the Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships as both a competitor and a luthier, died in 2021, but his family has ensured that his impact on FidPick continues.
Over the last year and a half, the consistency of learning a new instrument has helped some Lawrence musicians in more ways than one.
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