Shovels + Rope, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller top Americana Awards Nominees

Each autumn, the Americana Music Association (AMA) gathers in Nashville for a conference and festival to celebrate the incredible music which has been made in the past year. The event kicks off with an awards show aimed at recognizing the artists and albums that have most stirred the Americana community. When all this goes down this year, newcomer husband and wife duo Shovels + Rope will lead the field with four nominations, followed by legends Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller with three each. 

Indeed, the 2013 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference is scheduled for September 18-22, with the awards ceremony being held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, Sep. 18. Jim Lauderdale will once again host the awards show, while Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star house band.   

This afternoon, during a ceremony and concert in Los Angeles, the AMA paid tribute to the late George Jones as Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale (fresh from their AMA-nominated duo album) led a band featuring Fats Kaplin, Brian Owings, and Jay Weaver. This was followed by performances from Lisa Marie Presley with T Bone Burnett, Elizabeth Cook, and Emerging Artist of the Year nominees the Milk Carton Kids.

Without further ado, here is the full list of the 2013 Americana Music Award nominees (followed by a press release): 

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

Buddy Miller
Dwight Yoakam
Emmylou Harris
Richard Thompson

JD McPherson
John Fullbright
Milk Carton Kids
Shovels and Rope

Birmingham - Shovels & Rope
Good Things Happen to Bad People - Richard Thompson
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
North Side Gal - JD McPherson

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
Shovels & Rope

Doug Lancio
Greg Leisz
Jay Bellerose
Larry Campbell
Mike Bub

From a press release: 

(Nashville, TN) - May 14, 2013 – The Americana Music Association announced nominees today for the 2013 Honors & Awards in Los Angeles at the Grammy Museum®. The ceremony featured performances by now nominated artists Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Cook and The Milk Carton Kids. The program was broadcast live on AXS TV, who will present a special encore presentation of the event later this evening at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

Shovels & Rope, with four nominations, followed by Emmylou Harris and Miller, with three each, lead the
nominee slate while many other notable artists were recognized including: Rodney Crowell, John Fullbright,
Lauderdale, The Lumineers, JD McPherson, the aforementioned Milk Carton Kids, Bruce Robison & Kelly

Willis, Richard Thompson, and Dwight Yoakam. Winners will be announced live at the annual Americana Honors and Awards, presented by Nissan, on September 18th Live on AXS TV from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

Today’s celebration in Los Angeles kicked off with an Americana tribute to George Jones featuring Buddy Miller
and Jim Lauderdale leading their all-star band comprised of Fats Kaplin, Brian Owings and Jay Weaver. The music
continued with performances by Lisa Marie Presley with special guest T Bone Burnett, Elizabeth Cook and the Milk Carton Kids.

Burnett, who produced Americana masterpieces ranging from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to the Americana and Grammy award winning “Raising Sand” by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, spoke to the Clive Davis Theatre audience about the genre that honors the roots of American music that has grown to prominence in recent years.

This year, the nominees reflect the diverse and artistic breadth of the genre; where legends and the next generation of stars share the stage.

The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, returns to the historically cool Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on September 18, 2013 (as part of the Americana Music Festival - September 18-22, 2013 at venues throughout Music City). The iconic Jim Lauderdale will once again host the Honors & Awards, while the phenomenal Buddy Miller will lead the All-Star Band. Described by Paste Magazine as “…the world's best awards show…,” the Americana Honors & Awards have featured once-in-a-lifetime moments, unforgettable performances and legendary collaborations. Tickets for the Honors & Awards show come with the purchase of Americana Music Festival & Conference Registrations.

About the Americana Music Association            
The Americana Music Association is a not for profit professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music.

photo by Carol C

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Comment by Karen Johnson on May 14, 2013 at 12:37pm

i was so mad that i couldn't be there today... so thanks much for the great post, Kim...

Comment by Brendan Cooke on May 14, 2013 at 2:08pm

Let me say firstly that I think the AMA do a grand job but lists are there to be discussed and debated so here's my two penny worth. Old Yellow Moon up for album of the year? Really? Now don't get me wrong I'm a massive Emmylou and Rodney Crowell fan ,indeed I saw them in concert this week and mighty fine gig it was too but the album( good though it is), creatively, in my opinion does not match up to, say Iris Dement's Sing The Delta, Chuck Prophet's Temple Beautiful, Anais Mitchell's Young Man In America or Gretchen Peters' Hello Cruel World et al, none of which have been nominated. A rather conservative and dare I say lazy choice. Having said that I applaud the John Fullbright and Shovels and Rope nominations.


Comment by Jereme Wheeler on May 14, 2013 at 6:34pm

Just out of curiosity, if the awards aren't until Septemeber, why would they already make the nominations when it's still four months away?

Comment by Hal Bogerd on May 14, 2013 at 7:05pm

I love Richard Thompson but "artist of the year" and "song of the year" smell like a career achievement awards to me.

Comment by Jack Williams on May 16, 2013 at 6:45am

@Brendan:  I agree with you on the Emmylou/Rodney album and would say the same applies to the Buddy and Jim album.  They're both excellent albums, but I think of them as the country/roots music equivalent of comfort food.    I'm a little surprised that Iris Dement wasn't nominated.  Chuck's album was released too early (Feb 2012) to be considered for this year, but then again it wasn't nominated last year.   Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out  of the World Alive was, though.  That one felt like an automatic to me as I thought it was a good but not great album.  Now, if Steve gets nominated next year for The Low Highway, that would be a different story.

@Hal: They gave RT a career achievement award last year, which maybe opened the door for future AMA consideration for him.  Or maybe the fact that Electric was produced by Buddy Miller helped him.   I think Electric is his best album in over a decade and it seems to be getting a lot of positive attention in the roots music world.

Comment by Hal Bogerd on May 16, 2013 at 9:34am


I forgot that it was produced by Buddy Miller so I'll go with that theory.

It is a good album. I am a huge fan and actually bought the deluxe edition (which I rarely do) but I just don't hear "album of the year" and certainly not  "song of the year". 


Comment by Brendan Cooke on May 16, 2013 at 9:40am

Brilliant description ,Jack..."comfort food". Totally agree! I didn't want my post to sound like I was dissing the album because I like it but just think there are more deserving for album of the year. Electric will be up there in my best of 2013 albums as like you I think it I one of the best Richard Thompson releases in the past 10 years. However I would prefer them to nominate albums from the previous year than the current one as it avoids confusion (well it does for me!).

BTW great to see Doug Lancio get a nomination!

Comment by Dennis Kiel on May 17, 2013 at 6:26am

Kudos on the Doug Lancio nomination...

Comment by Tony Brown on May 19, 2013 at 4:30pm

Good to see the nod for Greg Leisz as well (how do you pronounce that?). The list contains many of my favourite performers, but a high proportion have been bringing us joy for 30-40 years, or more. Does this reflect a triumph for the oldies, or a limited flow of new talent? Or both?

Comment by Dennis Kiel on May 20, 2013 at 5:42am

I also agree with you about Greg Leisz--he seems to be everywhere...


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