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Nominees Announced For Americana Awards

01:01 PM Thursday 5/21/09 | |

Buddy Miller and Justin Townes Earle dominate the list of nominees for the 8th annual Americana Honors and Awards Show, scheduled for September 17 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

  • Buddy Miller

    Show at Nashville's Mercy Lounge, which was part of the Americana Music Association Conference.
    September 23, 2004

    (AP Photo)


In yesterday’s announcement presented by Sam Bush and Belleville Outfit’s Phoebe Hunt, Miller led the list with five nominations while Earle received three noms. Alejandro Escovedo, The Flatlanders and Australia’s favorite husband-and-wife music duo – Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson – each received two nominations.

Here’s how the big categories break down.

Album of the Year

Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo.
Written in Chalk by Buddy & Julie Miller.
Jason Isbell & The 40 Unit (self-titled).
Midnight At The Movies by Justin Townes Earle.

Artist of the Year

Alejandro Escovedo
Buddy Miller
Justin Townes Earle
Raul Malo

Song of the Year

“Chalk,” written by Julie Miller, performed by Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin.
“Country Love” by The Gourds.
“Homeland Refugee” by Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, performed by The Flatlanders.
“Rattlin’ Bones” by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
“Sex and Gasoline” by Rodney Crowell.

Duo Group of the Year

Buddy & Julie Miller
The Flatlanders
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Reckless Kelly

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller
Gurf Morlix
Jerry Douglas
Sam Bush

New & Emerging Artist

Band of Heathens
The Belleville Outfit
Justin Townes Earle
Sarah Borges

“The artists housed under the Americana umbrella create today’s most critically acclaimed, socially relevant and culturally profound music,” said Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly. “The nominees represent the elite of the elite, and we are proud to work with and for such provocative creators.”

Please click here for more information on the Americana Honors and Awards show.