Playlist: 2017 Americana Music Awards Nominees

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Country music has become a broad genre encompassing everything from pop to bluegrass. It is easy to forget the roots of country– the story telling and back country musicianship that laid the foundation for bigger pop names. American roots music is not as big as most country music, but the soul of the music is powerful.


The Americana Music Association recently released their list of nominees for the 2017 Americana Music Awards. The list honors names both big and small, celebrating excellence in roots songwriting and folk musicianship. We put together a playlist of this year’s nominees. Each nomination translates to a song on the list. You probably won’t know all the names on the playlist, but will certainly find something new worth listening to.


Americana Music Awards Nominees:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • AMERICAN BAND Drive-By Truckers, Produced by David Barbe
  • CLOSE TIES Rodney Crowell, Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Leaning
  • FREEDOM HIGHWAY Rhiannon Giddens, Produced by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell
  • THE NAVIGATOR Hurray for the Riff Raff, Produced by Paul Butler
  • A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH Sturgill Simpson, Produced by Sturgill Simpson

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • JASON ISBELL
  • JOHN PRINE
  • LORI MCKENNA
  • MARGO PRICE
  • STURGILL SIMPSON

DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY
  • DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
  • MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES
  • THE LUMINEERS

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • AARON LEE TASJAN
  • AMANDA SHIRES
  • BRENT COBB
  • SAM OUTLAW

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “ALL AROUND YOU” Sturgill Simpson, Written by Sturgill Simpson
  • “IT AIN’T OVER YET” Rodney Crowell feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White, Written by Rodney Crowell
  • “TO BE WITHOUT YOU” Ryan Adams, Written by Ryan Adams
  • “WRECK YOU” Lori McKenna, Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

  • SPENCER CULLUM, JR.
  • JEN GUNDERMAN
  • COURTNEY HARTMAN
  • CHARLIE SEXTON