Sturgill Simpson leads 2017 Americana Music Award nominations – The Tennessean
Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” was named best country album during the Grammys’ pre-telecast ceremony on Sunday â and it was a moment that put the Nashville musician’s career arc into perspective.
On Tuesday, the Americana Music Association revealed the nominees for the 2017 Americana Honors and Awards.Â
Sturgill Simpson, just a few months removed from his Best Country Album Grammy for âA Sailorâs Guide to Earth,â is nominated in three categories, the most of any artist this year: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for âAll Around You.â
Margo Price â 2016âs Emerging Artist â is up for Artist of the Year as well; Jason Isbell, John Prine and Lori McKenna (who also got a Song of the Year nod for âWreck Youâ) round out the category.
Southern rockers The Drive-By Truckers and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell also were nominated for two awards each.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be announced in the coming months.Â
The 2017 Americana Honors and Awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 13. The awards show is the centerpiece of the Americana Music Festival and Conference (Sept. 12-17), six days of music, seminars and other events centered on American roots music. Conference registrations and festival wristbands can be purchased through americanamusic.org.Â
2017 Americana Music Honors and Awards Nominations
Album of the Year
âAmerican Band,â Drive-By Truckers, Produced by David Barbe
âA Sailorâs Guide to Earth,â Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson
âClose Ties,â Rodney Crowell, Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning
âFreedom Highway,â Rhiannon Giddens, Produced David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
âThe Navigator,â Hurray for the Riff Raff, Produced by Paul Butler
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Emerging Artist of the Year
Song of the Year
âAll Around You,â Sturgill Simpson, Written by Sturgill Simpson
âIt Ainât Over Yet,â Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White), Written by Rodney Crowell
âTo Be Without You,â Ryan Adams, Written by Ryan Adams
âWreck You,â Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue
Instrumentalist of the Year
Spencer Cullum, Jr.