Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch Lead Nominations for Americana Music Honors and Awards

Hayes Carll, Justin Townes Earle Join Them as Artist of the Year Candidates

Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Hayes Carll and Justin Townes Earle received nominations for the Americana Music Association's artist of the year on Thursday (May 31).

Isbell and Welch are the leading nominees across all categories, with three nominations each. Alabama Shakes, Steve Earle, Dave Rawlings and Punch Brothers' Chris Thile earned two nominations each.

The nominees were revealed at a press conference in Los Angeles hosted by actor-musician John C. Reilly. Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams performed at the event.

The Americana Honors and Awards ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 12. In addition, the Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place in Nashville on Sept. 12-15.

Here is a full list of the nominations:

Artist of the Year

Hayes Carll

Justin Townes Earle

Jason Isbell

Gillian Welch

Album of the Year

Here We Rest -- Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive -- Steve Earle

The Harrow & the Harvest -- Gillian Welch

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

"Come Around" -- Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz

"I Love" -- Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin

"Waiting on the Sky to Fall" -- Written and performed by Steve Earle

Duo/Group of the Year

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Civil Wars

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Punch Brothers

Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings

Instrumentalist of the Year

Buddy Miller

Dave Rawlings

Darrell Scott

Chris Thile

Emerging Artist of the Year

Alabama Shakes


Deep Dark Woods

Robert Ellis

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