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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The Majestic Silver Strings
Buddy Miller is one of Nashville's finest guitarists. He's also a tasteful player. Therefore, while "Buddy Miller's The Majestic Silver Strings" may read like a guitar lover's dream, this is not just an excuse for Miller - along with his fellow guitar stars, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Greg Leisz - to show off on said silver strings.
In fact, this album is as much about great (mostly) female singing, as it is about string bending. For instance, it's such a »»»
Universal United House of Prayer
Buddy Miller has always been on the outskirts of mainstream country music, mixing influences from gospel to blues to bluegrass and hanging out with folks like Jim Lauderdale and Emmylou Harris. He continues to march to the beat of a different drummer on this, his first true gospel album.
He sets the record up with a dark electric rocker, "Worry Too Much," in which he frets about the problems with the world. In the next song, a bright acoustic reading of the Louvin Brothers' "There's a Higher »»»
Midnight And Lonesome
This is an album without discernable weakness, and it adds to a growing sense that Buddy Miller is on his way to being the 21st century, Americana permutation of Charlie Rich. His country soul groove, his musical eclecticism and his vocal and instrumental chops certainly lend credence to such a comparison. So does a wife whose collaborations are essential to his art and whose songs are the frameworks for some of his strongest performances.
Here, those performances include the near-to-unbearable »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Morlix overcomes album covers
Guitarist Gurf Morlix seemed ultra concerned when talking about his CD covers. Who could blame him when the two of his album covers - the just released "Eatin' At Me" and "Toad Of Titicaca" - received their share of criticism, which had nothing to do with the music contained therein? In fact, Morlix pointed out that he made... »»»
Concert Review: At Shaky Boots day 2, soggy weather doesn't dampen music
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