When the Americana Music Association convenes in Nashville on Sept. 12-15 for its annual conference, it'll be met by another incredible year of festival performances and showcases. While the daytime panels and discussions reflect the organization's dedication to its mission, the nighttime showcases, parties and concerts are what will make the passion of the genre so difficult to ignore. This year, the AMA welcomes legends — Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Booker T. Jones, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt — as well as a slew of fresh young talent. That pool includes rising stars like Sara Watkins, Eilen Jewell, Corb Lund and Kasey Chambers, as well as AMA newbies like Brandi Carlile, The Dunwells, John Fullbright and many more.
If all those names — and the enormous talent that comes with them — haven't turned you on to the glory of Americana music quite yet, check out this mix of music by this year's AMA award nominees, presenters and showcase artists.
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Artists In This Mix
Alabama Shakes • Amanda Shires • Bearfoot • Bonnie Raitt • Booker T. Jones • Brandi Carlile • Buddy Miller • Carolina Chocolate Drops • The Carper Family • Chris Thile & Michael Daves • The Civil Wars • Corb Lund • Darrell Scott • Dawes • The Deep Dark Woods • The Dunwells • Eilen Jewell • Gillian Welch • Gretchen Peters • Hayes Carll • Humming House • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit • Jill Andrews • Jim Lauderdale • John Fullbright • Justin Townes Earle • Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson • John Hiatt • Luther Dickinson • Mary Gauthier • Patty Griffin • Paul Thorn • Punch Brothers • Richard Thompson • Robert Ellis • Rodney Crowell • Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside • Sara Watkins • Sarah Jarosz • Shovels & Rope • Steep Canyon Rangers • Steve Earle • The Trishas
THE 2012 AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION HONORS AND AWARDS NOMINEES
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
Artist of the Year
Justin Townes Earle
Emerging Artist of the Year
The Deep Dark Woods
Song of the Year
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, "Alabama Pines"
Sarah Jarosz, "Come Around"
Patty Griffin, "I Love" (Written by Tom T. Hall)
Steve Earle, "Waitin' on the Sky"
Instrumentalist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Civil Wars
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit