Today the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards nominees were announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The announcement was made at a press conference with the Milk Carton Kids, as well as John Hiatt, Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Nikki Lane.
Kentucky's very own, Sturgill Simpson, received several nominations. His guitarist, Laur Joamets, even received a nomination in the Instrumentalist category. I have to say, Laur should be a winner in that category given his ease of playing style that keeps your toes tapping and ears listening.
Sturgill Simpson was nominated for Album of the Year for Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Artist of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Turtles All the Way Down."
The Americana Honors and Awards will take place on September 16th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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
Lee Ann Womack
Duo/Group of the Year
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
The Lone Bellow
Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year
First Aid Kit
Instrumentalist of the Year
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