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Isbell leads AMA nominations

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – Jason Isbell led the Americana Music Association Award nominations with four, while Gillian Welch garnered three in an announcement made in Los Angeles this afternoon.

Isbell was nominated for artist, album, song and duo/group of the year. "I'm honored to be in such great company and surprised that so many folks appreciated our work this past year," said Isbell.

Actor 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.

Nominees were:

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 returns to the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 12, as part of the Americana Music Festival to take place Sept. 12-15.

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