Americana Award Winners Announced; HoF to Extend Bakersfield Sound Exhibit; Stream New Blind Boys of Alabama & Patty Griffin Song

Juli Thanki | September 19th, 2013

  • The winners of last night’s Americana Awards:

Album of the Year: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Artist of the Year: Dwight Yoakam

Duo/Group of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

Song of the Year: “Birmingham,” Shovels & Rope

Emerging Artist: Shovels & Rope

Instrumentalist of the Year: Larry Campbell

Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show

Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award: Stephen Stills

Lifetime Achievement for an Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy

Lifetime Achievement for an Executive: Chris Strachwitz

Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John

Lifetime Achievement for a Songwriter: Robert Hunter

President’s Award: Hank Williams

  • Jewly Hight asks, “With bands like Shovels & Rope reaching bigger audiences, can Americana still claim its underdog status?”
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is extending the run of The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. Now the exhibit will run through December 2014. (via press release)
  • premiered “Jubilee,” a Blind Boys of Alabama song featuring guest star Patty Griffin. Jordan Lawrence (Nashville Scene) wrote a feature on the gospel group.
  • On November 5, Dean Dillon will be honored as a BMI Icon.
  • Brian Wright’s Rattle Their Chains is streaming at
  • On January 14, Rosanne Cash will release The River & The Thread on Blue Note Records.
  • Listen to “Starry Skies,” a track from Laura Cantrell’s next record, No Way There from Here, which is due out in January.
  • Rural Rhythm Records recently announced that it has exclusive distribution rights to Jim & Jesse’s Old Dominion masters. The label will release its first Jim & Jesse Old Dominion title in early 2014.
  • The new Tennessean music podcast focuses on Chris Pickering.
  • There are five Nashville-based reality shows in the works; four of them are focused on music.
  • Kenny Rogers was featured in the Nashville Scene. Here’s the music video for Rogers’ new duet with Dolly Parton, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
  • This year’s Grammy Nominations Concert will be held in L.A. on December 6.
  • Robert Hunter on collaborating with Jim Lauderdale: Jim is the only songwriter I’ve ever found who can keep up with me as far as speed goes. I work quick; he works quick. He can drop over for a couple days and we have an album written. This is almost unheard of. The man is alive with songs. It continually amazes me the way the man can write, so we’ve written a phenomenal amount of songs. We write them, put them out and I listen to them once, which is generally about as much as I can handle when anything comes out that I have anything to do with. 



  1. Jack Williams
    September 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Shovels and Rope won the Emerging Artist award as well.

    • Juli Thanki
      September 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Whoops, forgot that one. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Rick
    September 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    What, Buddy Miller didn’t win an Americana Award of some sort? Has hell finally frozen over?…(lol)

    I’m glad to hear about Jim and Jesse’s Old Dominion label masters finding a secure new home. Now if they would just re-master them the way Bear Family does.

    Hey, shouldn’t The Maddox Brothers and Rose have received that Americana Trailblazers Award since the OCMS boys are just following in their footsteps? Hmm…

    It’s good to read the Bakersfield Sound exhibit has been such a hit at the Country Music Hall of Fame! Now if they would just pack it up and move it next to Buck’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield to remain there in perpetuity after the CMHOF stint is over.

    Music City Roots Alert! Yes, I know it’s Thursday but they bumped it this week to avoid conflict with the Americana Awards Show last night. Unfortunately the MCR website has been hacked and is down right now so I don’t know who is performing! Crikey mate! Fortunately I think you can still watch and listen tonight through this link:

  3. Paul W Dennis
    September 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    We lost two legendary rockabilly singers in the last few days, both members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and both with some country hits.

    Marvin Rainwater, who’s biggest hit “Gonna Find Me A Bluebird” sold over a million copies and was a hit in several countries passed away at age 88. Marvin was one-quarter Cherokee

    Mac Curtis, former DJ at WHOO-AM in Orlando, was 75 – he had a few minor hits on Epic but was a popular attraction in Europe

    • Juli Thanki
      September 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks for the news on Mac Curtis, Paul; hadn’t heard about that one. There’s a link to news about Rainwater’s passing in this morning’s roundup, but so far haven’t been able to find any good obits. The Star Tribune did link to an old article and interview with Rainwater, though:

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