Thursday, September 18, 2008
– Levon Helm and Alison Krauss and Robert Plant were the big winners at Thursday's Americana Music Association's seventh Annual Honors & Awards show in Nashville. Helm won artist of the year, while Krauss and Plant took home album of the year for "Raising Sand" and duo/group of the year.
Helm was clearly happy to get the award which came in the wake of his "Dirt Farmer" CD.
Plant and Krauss talked about their experiences after winning each award. Plant said after taking the duo/group honor, "I was never in a band where anybody else could sing. I like it better like this."
"Thank you very much," said Krauss. "I know you want to hear Robert talk some more."
Plant readily spoke up. "She said when we started working together, we can't both be stupid. We have such a ball. We really do. It's a great natural thing. I never could imagine it coming around the corner."
Plant had more comments after taking the album honor. "How did I get here?" he asked rhetorically.
In a homespun style, Krauss said to laughter, "Thanks so much everybody. This is really really nice."
Plant continued, "I came to Nashville 30 or 40 years ago with the other band. We get the keys to the city, and then half-way through (the concert), we were (under) house arrest for inciting something."
"Well, I don't have a story like that," said Krauss.
Instrumentalist of the Year: Buddy Miller
New Emerging Artist of the Year: Mike Farris
Song of the Year: She Left Me for Jesus by Hayes Carll and Brian Keane
Additional Lifetime Achievement Honors were given to:
Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music - Joan Baez
Lifetime Achievement / Songwriting - John Hiatt
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement / Executive - Terry Lickona of Austin City Limits
Lifetime Achievement / Performance - Jason & The Scorchers
Presidents Award - Jerry Garcia
Lifetime Achievement / Instrumentalist - Larry Campbell
Trailblazer / Nanci Griffith
Lifetime Achievement / Producer / Engineer - Tony Brown
Brown, former head of MCA and an ace producer for the likes of George Strait and Reba McEntire, praised Griffith in giving her an award. When Griffith came up,she started telling information about Brown, who then surprisingly received his own honor.
"I just feel like I get away with murder," said Miller after winning his award.
The 3-hour, 20-minute program was hosted by two-time Americana Honors
& Awards and Grammy recipient Jim Lauderdale. Miller
also returned as the band leader. Musical guests included Ryan
Bingham and Joe Ely, The Sam Bush Band, Kane, Welch and Kaplan, The
SteelDrivers, Tift Merritt, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, Justin Townes
Earle, James McMurtry, Miller and Robert Plant, and Steve Earle and
Farris was energized after winning the emerging afrtist award over Justin Townes Earle, Bingham and The SteelDrivers. He later sang during the show with help from a sisters trio on Oh Mary, Don't You Weep No More, a gospel-based song, a very spirited rendition in what proved to be the musical highlight of the night.