Buddy Miller grabs five AMA nominations
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
– Buddy Miller received five nominations for the Americana Music Association annual awards announced Wednesday out of six member-voted categories. Justin Townes Earle received three and Alejandro Escovedo, The Flatlanders and Australia's Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson each received two nominations.
"These nominations reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the ever-growing popularity of Americana Music," said Americana Executive Director Jed Hilly. "Our Honors & Awards show will again be filled with legends and the next generation of stars; it's going to be a musical night to remember."
Album of the year:
Real Animal, by Alejandro Escovedo
Written in Chalk, by Buddy & Julie Miller
Jason Isbell & The 40 Unit, by Jason Isbell & The 40 Unit
Midnight At The Movies, by Justin Townes Earle
Artist of the year:
Justin Townes Earle
Instrumentalist of the year
New & Emerging Artist
Band of Heathens
Justin Townes Earle
Song of the year:
"Chalk," written by Julie Miller, performed by Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin
"Country Love" by the Gourds
"Homeland Refugee," by Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, performed by the Flatlanders
"Rattlin' Bones" by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, performed by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
"Sex And Gasoline," by Rodney Crowell, performed by Rodney Crowell
Duo or group of the year:
Buddy & Julie Miller
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Selected by AMA members, nominees' eligibility is based on work released between June 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009. Winners will be announced Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium during the 8th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Miller, the ceremony will also recognize Lifetime Achievements and awards in Performance, Songwriting and the unique Spirit of Americana Award honoring Free Speech in Music.
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