Krauss, Plant, Helm and McMurtry Lead Americana Nominations

Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, Levon Helm and James McMurtry each earned three nominations for the Americana Honors and Awards taking place Sept. 18 at the Ryman Auditorium. The nominees were announced Wednesday (June 11) during an event at BMI’s offices on Nashville’s Music Row. Krauss and Plant’s duo project, Raising Sand, is nominated for album of the year alongside Hayes Carll’s Trouble in Mind, Helm’s Dirt Farmer and McMurtry’s Just Us Kids. Artist of the year nominees are Steve Earle, Jim Lauderdale, Helm and McMurtry. Duo-group nominees are the Avett Brothers, Drive By Truckers, Kane Welch Kaplin, and Krauss and Plant. Song of the year nominees are Tift Merritt’s “Broken.” Carll’s “She Left Me for Jesus,” Helm’s “Poor Old Dirt Farmer,” Krauss and Plant’s “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” and McMurtry’s “Cheney’s Toy.” New emerging artist nominees are Ryan Bingham, Justin Townes Earle, Mike Farris and the SteelDrivers. Instrumentalist of the year nominees are Sam Bush, Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix and Chris Thile. The awards are presented by the Americana Music Association.