Black Music Matters Festival

Welch wins Americana honor

Thursday, September 13, 2012 – Gillian Welch as the big winner at the 2012 Americana Music Association awards Wednesday, taking home Entertainer of the Year.

Album of the Year, which went to "This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, " produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp. Clark had performed only a few minutes prior to the award announcement at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, singing My Favorite Picture of You, in memory of his late wife.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit took Song of the Year for Alabama Pines.

Alabama Shakes took home Emerging Artist of the Year and also performed.

Guitarist Dave Rawlings took Instrumentalist of the Year, while The Civil Wars were Duo/Group of the Year.

Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MG's fame received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. Bonnie Raitt took the Lifetime Achievement for Performance.

Performers included Raitt, Booker T, the Shakes, Lee Ann Womack, Punch Brothers, The Mavericks, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Hayes Carll, the Caroline Chocolate Drops, Robert Ellis and Justin Townes Earle. The night closed with The Weight, an ensemble performance dedicated to the late Levon Helm. Performers included his daughter Amy Helm,

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