Artistry Wins During 9th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards
NASHVILLE, September 9, 2010 – It was grit instead of glam, authenticity in place of artifice tonight during the Americana Music Association’s 9th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony. Staged in Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, the event celebrated a year’s worth of soul-searching, torch-lighting roots music. Jim Lauderdale served inimitably again as master of ceremonies, while Buddy Miller led a top-flight house band.
The theme from film Crazy Heart earned 2010 Song of the Year honors: Co-written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, “The Weary Kind” also took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe earlier this year. Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott presented the award. Bingham’s big night became explosive as the relative newcomer returned to the stage to accept the Artist of the Year award from presenters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Courtyard Hounds.
The multi-talented Rosanne Cash also enjoyed a memorable evening, as The List received Album of the Year. The acclaimed project is a definitive bridge between contemporary and classic: the disc features 12 interpretations of songs pulled from a famous list of country standards Cash’s legendary father gave her in 1973. 2010 Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award honoree Mary Chapin Carpenter and First Amendment Center President & CEO Ken Paulson presented the award.
Backwoods virtuosos the Avett Brothers walked away with a Duo/Group of the Year win, presented by John Oates and Mary Gauthier, while wry charmer Hayes Carll was crowned New/Emerging Artist of the Year by past winners the Avett Brothers and Grace Potter. Perennial favorite Buddy Miller earned another Instrumentalist of the Year title, presented by the peerless Robert Plant and Gibson Guitar Corp. President Dave Berryman.
2010 Americana Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern.
Jack White presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Performance to Wanda Jackson, the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer member, whose growling glamour reshaped the role of women in both rock and roll and country. Wanda celebrated the honor with a charged performance.
Rosanne Cash bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting on John Mellencamp, whose songs have influentially combined the blue collar sweat of rock and roll and the humble grit of honky tonk. Mellencamp then thrilled the audience with a soulful performance of “Save Some Time to Dream.”
Lucinda Williams took the stage to honor Luke Lewis with the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Executive. The Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, Lewis’ visionary commitment to the label’s Lost Highway imprint and other Universal subsets has created a home for numerous Americana greats.
Sam Bush stepped in to present the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Instrumentalist to Greg Leisz, the go-to lap and pedal steel, guitar, mandolin and bass virtuoso who has enriched recordings by Lucinda Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Beck and more.
Emmylou Harris led the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Producer/Engineer honoring Brian Ahern, whose work as a producer includes seminal albums for Harris, as well as acclaimed output from Marty Robbins, George Jones, Anne Murray, Billy Joe Shaver, Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester and Ricky Skaggs.
An unbridled celebration of gutsy roots sounds, the evening was stacked with fiery live performances by Sarah Jarosz, Corb Lund, Minton Sparks featuring Buddy Miller and Don Was, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Pug, Emmylou Harris featuring Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Avett Brothers, and Jim Lauderdale.
A surprise served as the quintessential Americana finale: Robert Plant ignited the audience with a transcendent half-hour power set.
2010 Americana Honors and Awards recipients
SESAC Congratulates Our Winners In the Americana Music Association’s 9th Annual Honors & Awards!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: "THE LIST" ROSANNE CASH
ARTIST OF THE YEAR: RYAN BINGHAM
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: BUDDY MILLER
NEW / EMERGING ARTIST: HAYES CARLL
SONG OF THE YEAR: “The Weary Kind” by Ryan Bingham
(Written by Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett)
DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR: THE AVETT BROTHERS
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: LUKE LEWIS
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: GREG LEISZ
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance: WANDA JACKSON
Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer: BRIAN AHERN
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: JOHN MELLENCAMP
The Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony is the bejeweled cornerstone of the Americana Music Conference and Festival. Slated for Wednesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 11, the 9th Annual Americana Festival and Conference offers daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. The event brings more than 100 stacked musical showcases to key venues throughout Nashville.
About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the advocacy of Americana music and to promote public awareness of the genre to support the creative and economic viability of professionals in this field. Dedicated to building and promoting the Americana genre and the individuals who participate in that industry, the Americana Music Association works closely with artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, festivals, agents, publishers and more to help organize and build the infrastructure necessary for the Americana genre to achieve success both creatively and financially.