Americana Music Association Hands Out Awards In Nashville
Duo The Civil Wars on the red carpet.
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The 11th annual Americana Music Honors and Awards show was held Wednesday night at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
For the first time the Americana Music Association held red carpet arrivals before the yearly show.
Artists and musicians who represent the Americana genre of music attended the event as part of the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference in Nashville.
Gillian Welch won entertainer of the year. The Civil Wars won duo/group of the year and The Alabama Shakes took new/emerging artist. The north Alabama rockers were the only non-Nashville act to win Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium, though their breakthrough album "Boys and Girls" was recorded here.
Lead nominee and recent Nashville emigre Jason Isbell won song of the year for "Alabama Pines," producers Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp won album of the year for "This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark" and Welch's partner Dave Rawlings broke Buddy Miller's stranglehold on the instrumentalist of the year award.
Booker T. Jones received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award for an instrumentalist during the ceremony Wednesday night at the Ryman Auditorium.
"The accolades have been totally unexpected. I'm just humbled and honored to get all these awards this year," Jones said.
Richard Thompson was give the Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting.
The legendary Bonnie Raitt was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for performance.
"Americana was a saving grace for us, those of us you couldn't really categorize. So for them to decide to give me this award just blew me away," Raitt said.
The association handed out several awards during Wednesday's ceremony, including:
Album of the Year: This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, Various Artists