and of course…God!
We talked on the show last week about The Americana Awards Nominations.
Here they are, by the way…..
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The List – Rosanne Cash
A Friend of a Friend – Dave Rawlings Machine
Downtown Church – Patty Griffin
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Ray Wylie Hubbard
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Levon Helm — tie
Steve Earle — tie
Ray Wylie Hubbard
DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Avett Brothers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
Hayes Carll — tie
SONG OF THE YEAR
“The Weary Kind” written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, performed by Ryan Bingham
“Drunken Poets Dream,” written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard, performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard
“Ruby,” written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, performed by Dave Rawlings Machine
“I and Love and You,” written and performed by The Avett Brothers.
There’s a few things in there you might well know. There’s some things that are puzzling by their absence and some…..well, let’s just say that their inclusion is a mystery to me. One thing you should probably know is the Americana Chart on Billboard is based on such small data samples as to make it almost meaningless. The term Americana, though useful, can often be misleading and slightly exclusive. We could be here all day arguing about who should be in or out. To get an idea who might be seen as ‘in” you can look at past winners here.
Here’s m suggestion folks: Let’s have some nominations of our own! Just fill in as many of the above categories yourself and we’ll see if we can make the list a little more interesting.
Talking of interesting….We are going to be joined this Friday by this young lady….
Tift Merrit will be playing some songs from her fine new album, “See You On The Moon.” Talking about being married, and telling us about the writing process that in past times has led her to the city of Paris. Don’t miss it….
Plus we’ll look forward to the visit of Willie Nelson and play some new things from The Black Keys, Band of Horses and The Acorn.
I’ll also throw forward to the final show of this series and see if you can’t give us some help with that one…now that we’ve included Mary Chapin Carpenter anything can happen!