In you didn’t have the good fortune to get to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival, you missed out on many things including the Wednesday night’s Award show.
I just wanted to salute the winners that night:
Album of the Year: Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell, Produced by Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Group/Duo of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: “24 Frames” Jason Isbell; Written by Jason Isbell
Emerging Artist of the Year: Margo Price
Instrumentalist of the Year: Sara Watkins
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music
Association and the First Amendment Center: Billy Bragg
President’s Award: Woody Guthrie
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Shawn Colvin
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: William Bell
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Bob Weir
Lifetime Achievement Award, WagonMaster: Jim Lauderdale
Give a listen to Isbell performing the Song of the Year with his wife, the equally talented Amanda Shires.
Lauderdale also marked his 14th year serving as master of ceremonies for this show, which also offers “in memorium” tributes to Americana titans Merle Haggard, Allen Toussaint, Ralph Stanley and Guy Clark.
This week also the passing of the preeminent songwriter J.D. Loudermilk. Loudermilk wrote such classics as “Tobacco Road” and “Indian Reservation” and had his songs covered by everyone from David Lee Roth to Solomon Burke, the Flying Burrito Brothers to the Everly Brothers.
Here’s a version of “Tobacco Road” by Eric Burdon and the Animals from a German TV appearance in 1967.