Just because I’m not in Nashville for this year’s Americana Festival, doesn’t mean I’m ignoring it. And there’s no denying the triumph of Jason Isbell‘s album Southeastern. Sure it’s one thing for it to top my list of the year’s best albums, and it’s another for Isbell to win all the big categories (Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year) at the Americana Honors & Awards show.
Other winners included the Milk Carton Kids for best duo or group, Sturgill Simpson for best emerging artist and Buddy Miller for best instrumentalist. And I don’t have have any big qualms with those choices.
Here is the full list of winners and honorees:
Album of the Year: Southeastern, Jason Isbell, Producer Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year: Jason Isbell
Duo/Group of the Year: The Milk Carton Kids
Song of the Year: “Cover Me Up,” Jason Isbell
Emerging Artist of the Year: Sturgill Simpson
Instrumentalist of the year: Buddy Miller
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Jackson Browne
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Flaco Jimenez
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Taj Mahal
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Loretta Lynn
President’s Award: Jimmie Rodgers / Award Presented to Jimmie Rodgers Museum in Meridian, MS