Simpson, Graves, Williams lead AMA nominations
Thursday, May 14, 2015
– The Americana Music Association awards nominations were led by Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves and Lucinda Williams with three apiece.
Not far behind in the six categories were Rhiannon Giddens and Lee Ann Womack with two apiece.
Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer)
And The War Came - Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone - Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music - Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
Tomorrow Is My Turn - Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett
Artist of the Year
Lee Ann Womack
Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Lone Bellow
Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year
First Aid Kit
Song of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Songwriter)
"Dearly Departed" - Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme' Patterson
"East Side Of Town" - Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams
"Terms Of My Surrender" - John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt
"Turtles All The Way Down" - Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
"You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had" - Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle
Instrumentalist of the Year
Jenkins is a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. Joamets, who is from Estonia, is Simpson's guitarist. Leisz is a songwriter and producer, who has played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Williams. Leventhal is a producer, who works with his wife Rosanne Cash. Mathis is a member of The Wallflowers and played guitar on Williams' "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone" last year. He also has played on albums from Pistol Annies, Lisa Marie Presley, LeAnn Rimes and Chris Isaak.
2014 Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year winners the Milk Carton Kids hosted the event and revealed the nominees of the six categories. The Milk Carton Kids, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn and John Hiatt played preceding the naming of the nominees. Nikki Lane closed out the one-hour program with a full band performance of "Right Time."
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, will return to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, on Sept. 16, as part of the AmericanaFest from Sept. 15-20.
More news for Americana Music Association
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment
Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment.
Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies
Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time
Elsewhere in the news
Currently at the CST blogs
When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical bar that we... »»»
The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America and abroad, he has had success... »»»
Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison,... »»»
The band name may suggest Appalachia and in some respects their sound does, but Lil Smokies hail from Montana, and deliver "Tornillo," their third release, which is named for the town where the studio for this release, Sonic Ranch, is located. »»»
Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but "Nightfall" plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. »»»
Hawktail features some of the finest players of a generation in traditional American acoustic music. The product of their collaboration, "Formations," is a testament to the musical milieu in which they create. »»»
Fully Loaded: God's Country
Blake Shelton has been openly critical of the traditional album format. "Fully Loaded: God's Country" is his fourth greatest hits album and third in the "Loaded" series. In an effort to release music more often, he packages five new songs »»»
Hollywood may be pushing a broadminded agenda where there are more genders than one can even count, but in Jason Aldean's world, there are only two: tough guys, and the women that love them. There's no confusion »»»
Lady Antebellum may lean a little too closely to pop music for many tastes, but it's hard to argue with the trio's song choices. And its latest collection is filled with many memorable songs. The single "What If I Never Get Over You," »»»