Dixie Chicks Earn Americana Music Nomination

Other Contenders Include Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart and Neil Young

They’re not ready to make nice with country radio, but the Dixie Chicks appear to have an ally in the Americana Music Association. The trio’s “Not Ready to Make Nice” received a nomination from the Nashville-based organization for song of the year on Thursday (June 15).

The Chicks are currently on tour in London — in fact, the date of the AMA nominations coincides with the Chicks’ concert at the same venue where singer Natalie Maines made her infamous remark about President Bush in 2003. And many of their fellow nominees — Rodney Crowell, James McMurtry and Neil Young among them — have not been shy about criticizing the current administration, either.

Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, McMurtry and Young are nominated for artist of the year. Stuart is also up for album of the year, along with Crowell’s The Outsider, McMurtry’s Childish Things and Delbert McClinton’s Cost of Living.

In the song category, which is presented to the songwriter, the Chicks are joined by Cash’s “Black Cadillac,” Crowell’s “Don’t Get Me Started” and McMurtry’s “We Can’t Make It Here.” The Chicks co-wrote “Not Ready to Make Nice” with Dan Wilson.

In a new category for 2006, the nominees for duo/group of the year are: Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell; Drive-By Truckers; Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch and Fats Kaplin; and Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. The new/emerging artist contenders are the Greencards, James Hunter, RobinElla and Uncle Earl. Instrumentalist nominees are Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton and Kenny Vaughn.

The trophies for the Americana Honors & Awards will be distributed Sept. 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Jim Lauderdale will host the event, and the house band will be led by Buddy Miller.

The nominees were announced by Steve Earle and Allison Moorer during a press conference at BMI’s offices on Music Row.