Americana Awards Nominees Announced; Dehlia Low Members Form New Band; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 13th, 2014

  • The nominees for the 2014 Americana Honors & Awards were named yesterday (check our Facebook page later today for Barry Mazor’s exclusive photos from yesterday’s announcement shindig):

Album of the Year: Sarah Jarosz Build Me Up from Bones, Robert Ellis The Lights from the Chemical Plant, Rosanne Cash The River and the Thread, Jason Isbell Southeastern

Artist of the Year: Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis, Jason Isbell

Duo/Group of the Year: Avett Brothers, The Devil Makes Three, Lake Street Dive, Milk Carton Kids, Hard Working Americans

Song of the Year: Jason Isbell – “Cover Me Up,” Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not a Bird,” Patty Griffin – “Ohio,” Robert Ellis – “Only Lies”

Emerging Act of the Year: Hurray for the Riff Raff, Parker Millsap, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Valerie June, Sturgill Simpson

Instrumentalist of the Year: Larry Campbell, Fats Kaplin, Buddy Miller, Bryan Sutton

  • The radio show Country Fried Rock hosted John Howie, Jr. 
  • Today’s mandatory reading (besides Karlie’s review of Sturgill Simpson’s new record): Turk Pipkin’s Esquire article on Kris Kristofferson.
  • Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s is worsening, reports Cindy Watts of The Tennessean. Campbell’s wife says that he “can’t even tune a guitar now,” although he does find joy in playing a few licks “here and there.”
  • Shorpy.com posted a photo of Johnny Cash that was shot  in 1968 for Look magazine.
  • Dolly Parton’s new record includes a revamped version of Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands on Me.” Parton recently discussed this choice with Entertainment Weekly.
  • Members of Dehlia Low have formed the band Tellico. Sign up for the group’s mailing list and get some free music.
  • Later this month, Miranda Lambert’s vintage Airstream will visit L.A., Denver, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Philly, offering select fans a preview of Lambert’s new album, Platinum.
  • Lambert will perform at the CMT Music Awards in June along with Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, and Florida Georgia Line.
  • Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen play some damn fine bluegrass music and occasionally rescue truckers.
  • Rolling Stone shadowed Hunter Hayes during his record-setting string of concerts.
  • Jason Isbell and John Paul White contributed vocals to Candi Staton’s “I Ain’t Easy to Love.” Listen here.
  • When Neil Young was on The Tonight Show, he performed a version of “Crazy” in Jack White’s Third Man Records recording booth; the song was immediately pressed to vinyl. Check it out.
  • Claudia Perry of The Chicago Tribune reviewed Nickel Creek’s Windy City tour stop.
  • This week’s album releases:

Dolly Parton Blue Smoke

Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Radney Foster Everything I Should Have Said

Hellbound Glory LV

Matt Woods – With Love from Brushy Mountain

Candi Staton Life Happens

Steven Padilla Good at Goodbye

Brett Newski American Folk Armageddon

Melissa Payne High and Dry

Kathleen Grace No Place to Fall

Jonny Burke – Jonny Burke

Hannah Aldridge Razor Wire

Collin Herring Some Knives

The Civil Wars Live at Eddie’s Attic

Rascal Flatts Rewind

Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt – For Keeps

Dave Van Ronk – Live in Monterey

  1. Both Kinds of Music
    May 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I feel bad for anyone releasing an album today who’s not Sturgill Simpson. Even Dolly!

  2. Jack
    May 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Sturgill Simpson rocks.

    That is all.

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