Americana Award Nominees were announced today.
The ceremony’s not until September so these albums will hardly seem fresh by that point*, but a good crop nevertheless. Good year to be a duo.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Buddy & Jim, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Cheaters Game, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
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 & Rope
Good Things Happen to Bad People – Richard Thompson
Ho Hey – The Lumineers
North Side Gal – JD McPherson
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Shovels & Rope
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
*Seems the whole shebang could use more tightening. Maybe a ceremony twice a year with 4-week voting time and the awards a couple weeks later. I mean, O Be Joyful came out in July 2012. That’s ancient history in these times. And to call them emerging is kinda offbase. Emerging to whom, I would ask.