Americana Music Award Nominees Announced

Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, and Margo Price lead the nominees. Several New York State appearances are scheduled.

On May 15 in Nashville, The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for its 17th annual Honors & Awards. The winners of each category will be announced during the Americana Honors & Awards show on September 12, 2018 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The celebrated program is the hallmark event of AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs from September 11-16, 2018

The nominees are:

Album of the Year:
All American Made, Margo Price, Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang
By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile, Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings
The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb
Rifles & Rosary Beads, Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard

Artist of the Year:
Brandi Carlile
Jason Isbell
Margo Price
John Prine

Duo/Group of the Year:
I’m With Her
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Emerging Act of the Year:
Courtney Marie Andrews
Tyler Childers
Anderson East
Lilly Hiatt

Song of the Year:
“A Little Pain,” Margo Price, Written by Margo Price
“All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack, Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam
Wright
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell
“The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth

Instrumentalist of the Year:
Daniel Donato – Guitar
Brittany Haas – Fiddle
Jerry Pentecost – Drums
Molly Tuttle – Guitar

Additionally, the Americana Music Association annually honors distinguished members of the music community with six member-voted awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards, which will be announced leading up to Americana music’s biggest night.

Now almost twenty years old, the prestigious ceremony has honored pioneers and emerging artists, while presenting many memorable moments, including Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash’s last live performance together, and performances and collaborations from such diverse artists as by Van Morrison, Bob Weir, George Strait, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, The Avett Brothers, Solomon Burke, Rosanne Cash, Civil Wars, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, Robert Plant and more.

More information can be found here.

Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile reviews by NYS Music can be seen here and here.

Upcoming New York State appearances by AMA nominees include:

Margo Price, Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, June 2, Governor’s Ball Music Fest, NYC, June 3, CMAC, Canandaigua, July 26

Brandi Carlile, CMAC, Canandaigua, July 20, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, July 26

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, CMAC, Canandaigua, July 20, Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, on September 29

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, on June 5, ; Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, on June 9, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, on September 23,

I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan) Caramoor, Katonah, NY July 7, SOLD OUT

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, July 21, SOLD OUT, and July 23, SPAC, September 23

Anderson East, Mountain Jam, Hunter, June 16

Molly Tuttle, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY, July 20