The Americana Music Association has announced the 2012 nominees for the Americana Honors & Awards. The announcement took place in Los Angeles and featured performances by special guests Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne and Robert Ellis with the Americana All-Star band. They honored Americana icons Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson with a rendition of ”Will the Circle Be Unbroken” as the last performance.
Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch lead this year’s nominees. Jason is up for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year while Gillian is nominated for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year.
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 12th as part of the Americana Music Festival held September 12-15. Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards and Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band.
AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS 2012 Nominees:
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
Justin Townes Earle
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Deep Dark Woods
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
DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit