AMA Announces 2008 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

The Americana Music Association has announced the nominees for the organization’s 2008 Honors and Awards ceremony, slated for September 18 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Esteemed roots music innovators Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn read the list of awards candidates to a crowd of industry executives, artists and tastemakers gathered in BMI’s Music Row lobby.

Selected by members of the Americana Music Association, the 2008 nominees reflect the genre’s penchant for harboring exciting roots artists capable of career longevity and enthralling reinvention. The nominees’ eligibility is based on work released between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008.

The 2008 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Nominees include:

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant: Raising Sand 
Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind
James McMurtry: Just Us Kids
Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer
Steve Earle
Levon Helm
Jim Lauderdale
James McMurtry
Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Gurf Morlix
Sam Bush
Justin Townes Earle
Mike Farris
Ryan Bingham
The Steeldrivers
“Broken” – Tift Merritt
“Cheney’s Toy” – James McMurtry
“Gone Gone Gone” – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
“Poor Old Dirt Farmer” – Levon Helm
“She Left Me for Jesus” – Hayes Carll
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Drive-By Truckers
Kane Welch Kaplin
The Avett Brothers

“The artists housed under the Americana umbrella truly create today’s most critically acclaimed, socially relevant and culturally profound music,” said AMA executive director Jed Hilly. “The nominees represent the elite of the elite, and we could not be more proud to work with and for such provocative creators.”

The winners will be announced September 18 at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 7th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards Show. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the Honors & Awards ceremony will also recognize iconic troubadour John Hiatt with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting and Jason and the Scorchers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Performance. Additional honorees and performers will be announced in the coming months.

Slated for Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, the 9th Annual Americana Festival and Conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center. Each evening brings more than 80 stacked Americana showcases to key venues throughout Nashville. Approximately 2,000 industry executives, artists and fans are expected this year.

A limited number of Americana Honors and Awards pre-sale tickets are now available through the AMA office for $45; call 615.386.6936 to purchase tickets and obtain more information. Showcase wristbands granting admission to all three evenings of invigorating live music showcases are also now available for only $35 via and will be attainable at Nashville music retailers and other locations in early August. Conference registration includes access to all panels and presentations, the trade show, select meals, invitations to all sanctioned parties, a conference program guide, goody bag, a ticket to the Honors & Awards ceremony, showcase wristband and more. Registration through June 17 is only $300 for AMA members and $400 for non-members. On June 18, registration becomes $350 and $450, respectively.

The two-hour Americana Music Association Honors and Awards event will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio, and rebroadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and BBC2 Radio.

The Renaissance is the official hotel of the Americana Music Conference. Conference registrants may receive a discounted room rate by clicking here and entering the special discount code: amaamaa.

Major sponsors include ASCAP, BMI, echo, First Amendment Center, GAC, The Gibson Foundation, Lost Highway Records, Proper Music Group, Rounder Records, SESAC, Sugar Hill Records and Vanguard Records.