2015 Americana Awards nominations revealed

Jason Isbell
Artist of the Year nominee, Jason Isbell

Lucinda Williams, Sturgill Simpson and Shakey Graves lead the nominations for this year’s Americana Honors and Awards.

The musicians have three nominations each across the award categories, featuring among a host of other notable stars from the world of country and roots music.

This year’s 14th annual award ceremony will take place on the 16th of September at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and is scheduled in the middle of this year’s Americana Festival and Conference. The conference features more than 200 artists performing around Music City including Leanne Womack, Patty Griffin and Los Lobos.

The complete list of nominations for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards is as follows:

Album of the Year
And the War Came – Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone – Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music – Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
The Way I’m Livin’ -Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
Tomorrow Is My Turn – Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett

Artist of the Year
Rhiannon Giddens
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Lucinda Williams
Lee Ann Womack

Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Lone Bellow
The Mavericks
Punch Brothers
Shovels & Rope

Emerging Artist of the Year
First Aid Kit
Nikki Lane
Doug Seegers
Shakey Graves

Instrumentalist of the Year
Hubby Jenkins
Laur Joamets
Greg Leisz
John Leventhal
Stuart Mathis

Song of the Year
“Dearly Departed” — Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme’ Patterson
“East Side of Town” — Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams
“Terms of My Surrender” — John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt
“Turtles All the Way Down” — Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
“You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had” — Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle

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