Last week I registered for the Americana Music Awards next September in Nashville. I am very excited to be returning to Nashville a third time and the new experience of sitting in on this event.
Honoring the best music in the previous twelve months and recognising lifetime achievements, the events spans four days and includes an Awards ceremony, conferences and performance showcases, with plenty of side gigs, all in the setting of one of the great music cities in the world.
This year’s Americana award winners were:
Album of the Year
This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark – Various artists
Song of the Year
“Alabama Pines” – Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
The Civil Wars
Instrumentalist of the Year
Emerging Artist of the Year
Lifetime Achievement for Performance
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist
Booker T. Jones
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive
So we will be staying a week in Nashville – so much to do there besides the Awards and related events. Such as revisiting the Ryman Auditorium (a place where music meets religion?), the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ol Opry, the Station Inn, Ernest Tubb’s record store and even Broadway. Plus I am keen to explore the famous Bluebird Cafe and anywhere else new where great music is playing.
The joints on Broadway are a bit tacky yes (not as bad as NewOrleans’ Bourbon Street) but there’s still some interesting sights and music trinkets like this stubby holder gem I picked up on my last visit.
Now to work out other parts of the trip!
Thanks to Sandra for helping me over the line on the Nashville registration.