The Americana Music Association awards have run their annual course at the Ryman in Nashville. Someday I'm going to get there for this. Someday.
The 2013 nominees and winners (in bold) included:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Buddy and Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Cheater's Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison (Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis)
From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
O Be Joyful, Shovels and Rope
Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Milk Carton Kids
Shovels and Rope
SONG OF THE YEAR
Birmingham - Shovels and Rope
Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
North Side Gal - JD McPherson
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
(Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison)
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
(Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale)
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
(Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell)
Shovels and Rope
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
TwangNation has a good rundown on the awards show, additional winners, and a link to the webcast on NPR that I listened to after the fact. They did nice tributes to Hank Williams (yeah Holly Williams) and Old Crow Medicine Show. Best 2-1/2 hours on the internet this year.
Myself, well, I guess I am officially old. There's plenty of good new music out there this year, but not so much good enough to part with many of my hard earned pennies. I like the tried and true. As Emmylou & Rodney said, we were Americana before there was such a thing. I'm not so keen on the newbies, the hipsters with cute little names (tho I do like me a good fedora). I just prefer plain unvarnished, from-the-soul roots music.
Then again, Americana is a big tent with lots of room. As Twangnation quoted MC Jim Lauderdale's introduction: “The past matters, traditions matter, even when we explore ways to have those traditions extended and expanded.” Welcome to the party, folks. Its just getting good.