Americana Music Award Winners Announced; Bearfoot Undergoes Lineup Changes; Stream New Dwight Yoakam Song

Juli Thanki | September 13th, 2012

  • Here are the winners of last night’s Americana Music Awards and Honors:

Instrumentalist of the Year: Dave Rawlings

Album of the Year: This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark; produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp

Song Of The Year Award :  “Alabama Pines;” Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Emerging Artist of the Year:  Alabama Shakes

Artist of the Year: Gillian Welch

Duo/group of the Year: The Civil Wars

Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Bonnie Raitt

Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: Booker T. Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting:  Richard Thompson

Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Dennis Lord

  •  Johnny Perez, drummer for the Sir Douglas Quintet and owner of Topanga Skyline Studio, passed away on Tuesday from complications of cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Glen Campbell’s tour returned to his home state of Arkansas.
  • Dan Milliken interviewed Punch Brothers for CMT Edge.
  • Nora Jane Struthers and P.J. George have left Bearfoot to work on Struthers’ new solo project; her replacement is the excellent Megan McCormick.
  • Mountain Home Music pays tribute to Doyle Lawson, one of this year’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductees, with this video.
  • Josh Grider sang the national anthem at yesterday’s Rangers game.
  • USA Today featured an article on The 78 Project, which recently launched a Kickstarter to help fund a documentary about the project.
  • Wade Hayes recorded a new song about his recent cancer battle; “Is It Already Time” is currently available on Amazon.
  • CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock will air September 17 on ABC. No word yet on the broadcast date or existence of Country’s Night to Country.
  • Listen to a cut from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale’s upcoming duets record, due in indie record stores November 23, with a worldwide release slated for December 11.
  • Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” spent a third week atop Billboard’s Hot 100, the longest reign for a country song on the Hot 100 since Kenny Rogers’ “Lady,” which was Number One for six weeks in 1980.
  • Jedd Beaudoin’s new PopMatters column is all about insurgent country bands from the Midwest, including Uncle Tupelo and Split Lip Rayfield.
  • On September 23, the Travelin’ McCourys will play a free show in Nashville’s Cumberland Park following the Tennessee Titans game.
  • Buddy Guy is among the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Robert Plant will also receive honors as part of Led Zeppelin.
  • On September 29, Jessi Colter with Waymore’s Blues Band and Jamey Johnson will play a benefit concert for pancreatic cancer research.
  1. timeo
    September 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    So Richard Thompson won a lifetime Americana achievement award…sometimes I think that genre needs to find a different name for itself

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    September 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t follow that Timeo? Why does Thompson winning indicate that?

  3. Jon
    September 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I’m guessing it’s because he’s not American…

  4. Rick
    September 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    As much as I liked Nora Jane Struthers with Bearfoot, I like her more with her own band. I’m excited to hear about her forming a new band and look forward to her next album when it finally gets made. Now she just needs a simpatico songwriting partner to be the Lennon to her McCartney…

    Gosh, no Americana award for Buddy Miller?! Has the earth tilted further on its axis or something? Does this have anything to do with the Mayan calendar? I’m truly perplexed…(lol)

    Best country music blog comment of the week award goes to Juli for: ” No word yet on the broadcast date or existence of Country’s Night to Country.” It kind of says it all.

    I was going to purchase the new album from The Time Jumpers until Tuesday night’s Opry performance reminded me Vince Gill is now a band member. Vince on western swing style guitar is awesome, I just don’t care for his singing voice. Guess I’ll have to cherry pick the songs fronted by Dawn Sears at Amazon. Oh well.

    PS – The Aussie artist Music City Roots show isn’t until next week as MCR didn’t want to compete with the Americana Festival and awards show. DOH! I need to pay closer attention to the show dates on MCR’s calendar. Tsk tsk.

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    September 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I’m guessing it’s because he’s not American…

    Just like Corb Lund, Robert Plant, Mumford and Sons and Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.

  6. Barry Mazor
    September 14, 2012 at 9:27 am

    If it is a working genre, and it is, it looks at what it can rightly include as much as exclude. The Americana scene in the UK, incidentally, is strong, vital, and sometimes better understood than it is (at least in media) here. No one seems to have problems with the term there. Saw Mr. Thompson at the Station Inn last night..where we found ourselves sitting with Nashville songwriting ace Gary Nicholson, who, like me, is an admirer, and has been at dozens of Thompson shows over the years. Between the songwriting chops and the ever amazing guitar skills, and his own interconnecting of British roots music, American (rarely seen him do a show that doesn’t bring in some Hank Williams, cajun music, Chuck Berry, etc.) and whatever he has in mind, I heard no objections to that award within organized Americana whatsoever–just standing ovations.

  7. Jeremy Dylan
    September 15, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I couldn’t agree with that more.

  8. Jack Williams
    September 15, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I went on the Cayamo 2011 cruise and one of the great meories was seeing Richard Thompson with Buddy Miller in the audience right below me. One time, I saw Buddy shaking his head in wonderment with a great big smile on his face. At the end of the show, Richard called up Buddy and they played Keep Your Distance, which Buddy and Julie covered on their 2000 release. Heavenly.

  9. Barry Mazor
    September 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

    This may already be known here but Buddy has produced Richard’s oncoming CD..

  10. Jack Williams
    September 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    As I recall, RT’s new one will feature a “power trio” band configuration and the idea sprung out of his bringing a just a drummer and bass player with him on Cayamo 2012 (Didn’t go to that one. If only I became a parent 20 years earlier). Recorded at Buddy’s house, I believe.

    I saw RT a couple of nights before the AMA’s at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. I try never to miss him when he comes through town.

  11. Arlene
    September 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    So according to a prolific poster on this board, has Lee Ann Womack jeopardized both her good standing as a country artist and her future success on the country music sales charts by appearing on the Americana Music Honors and Awards show?…

    I’m very curious to hear the forthcoming Richard Thompson album produced by Buddy Miller.

  12. Barry Mazor
    September 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I’ll report, before long, on last night’s Americana showcase in which Buddy Miller and Lee Ann Womack performed classic country duets of the 50s to 70s by audience request. Quite something.

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