Americana Honors & Awards 2012 Nominees Announced

“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”
(L-R, Buddy Miller, Don Was, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams,
Don Heffington, Jim Lauderdale)

 

John C. Reilly:  “They call this the Americana Awards, but really it should be
The All The Great Artists Out Right Now Awards
 
 
Americana Honors & Awards 2012 Nominees Announced
Los Angeles Nomination Event Featured John C. Reilly, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and All-Star Band

 Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch Lead Nominations
 
Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 2012 – The Americana Music Association took to the City of Angels to announce the 2012 nominees for the Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan.
Music aficionado John C. Reilly announced the nominations at Thursday’s
event hosted by Americana ambassador Jim Lauderdale at The Grammy®
Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre.
 
The celebration also
featured performances by special guests Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne
and Robert Ellis alongside the Americana All-Star band, led by Buddy
Miller with Lauderdale, Greg Leisz, Don Heffington and Don Was. The
finale song honored Americana icons; Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Doc
Watson, who were the heartbeat of the genre, with a loving rendition of
”Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
 
A genre that honors
the roots of American music and its tapestry of influences, nominees for
the 2012 ceremony reflect its brightest talents. From lyricists that
articulate the human condition to unrivaled instrumentalists, Americana
has been described by The New York Times as “the coolest music scene
today.”
 
AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS 2012 Nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Here We Rest – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle
The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch
This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark – Various Artists
 
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gillian Welch
Hayes Carll
Jason Isbell
Justin Townes Earle
 
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alabama Shakes
Dawes
Deep Dark Woods
Robert Ellis
 
SONG OF THE YEAR
“Alabama Pines” – Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Come Around” – Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz
“I Love” – Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin
“Waiting on the Sky to Fall” – Written and performed by Steve Earle
 
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Darrell Scott
Dave Rawlings
 
DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Civil Wars
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Punch Brothers
 
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2012 (as part of the Americana Music Festival to take place September 12-15, 2012
at various venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale
will once again host the Honros & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy
Miller will lead the All-Star Band. The Honors & Awards have
featured many amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moments over the years from
secret shows to legendary collaborations. 

About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music
Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to
provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote
public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic
viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and
promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in
that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with
artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals,
agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the
infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both
creatively and financially.

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