Wailin’ Wednesday: A Few Reasons To Watch the Americana Honors & Awards Tonight
The Americana Honors & Awards show will air tonight and has us reminiscing about all the darn good Americana we heard at the festival this summer thanks to the likes of Jason Isbell, Liz Longley, Marlon Williams, Shakey Graves and The Tillers.
Jason Isbell claimed an armload of awards last year and is up for another tonight: Artist of the Year. Everyone’s favourite Texan Shakey Graves is poised for a sweep with three nominations: Emerging Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Dearly Departed” and the night’s top honour, Album of the Year.
Jason Isbell and Shakey Graves on Main Stage at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Fest. Photos: Joey Senft
The Americana Honors & Awards show is a night where the Americana Music Association can recognize amazing talent the genre has to offer in one big hootenanny in Nashville. It happens at the Ryman Auditorium, otherwise known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” where the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts took place for 31 years. That energy and live off-the-dusty-floor jams helped, in no small part, form Nashville into the music mecca we know it as today. It’s where Earl Scruggs, banjo in-hand, joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys for the first time to complete the band that would shape the bluegrass sound. You can read about the compelling history of the venue here.
The Ryman Auditorium is the perfect place to honour Jason Isbell and Shakey Graves, along with other Folk Fest friends tonight, including Shovels & Rope, Lucinda Williams, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Steve Earle & the Dukes and John Hiatt. Click here for the full list of nominees and watch it tonight live on NPR.
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