Paul Cauthen kicked off the 2018 Americana Music Festival by bringing his Big Velvet Revue to the Basement East in Nashville on Wednesday night (Sept. 12). The singer-songwriter assembled an all-star crew -- including some surprise guests -- for the show, which ran late into the night after the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards ceremony.

Backed by the Whiskey Wolves of the West, who were acting as the evening's house band, Cauthen took the stage throughout the night, both for a set of his own and as emcee and duet partner. Aaron Lee Tasjan, Erin Rae, BJ Barham, Margo Price and more played during the show; readers can press play above to watch a snippet of Price and Cauthen covering the Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty classic "You're the Reason Our Kids are Ugly," a song they've sung together before.

Cauthen played additional showcases throughout AmericanaFest 2018, which ran until Sunday (Sept. 16). It was Cauthen's first Big Velvet Revue at the Americana Music Festival; however, he'd previously brought the Revue to SXSW, in Austin, earlier this year. The event takes its name from Cauthen's nickname, Big Velvet, a press release reports.

Readers can see photos from the Big Velvet Revue at AmericanaFest 2018 below. Fans can visit PaulCauthenMusic.com to see all of Cauthen's upcoming tour dates.

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