The Americana Music Association® celebrated distinguished members of its community at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 12, 2018. A generation-bridging group of musical innovators including John Prine, Rosanne Cash, Irma Thomas, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tyler Childers and more turned in memorable performances.
For nearly two decades, the Americana Honors & Awards program has provided a unique platform for commemorating the best and brightest musicians in the Americana music scene while showcasing once-in-a-lifetime performances. This year was no different – Americana powerhouse Brandi Carlile championed individuality with her anthemic “The Joke” and k.d. lang effortlessly crooned her signature, “Trail of Broken Hearts.” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Buddy Guy reminded the world of why he’s the godfather of Chicago blues with a scorching rendition of “Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues.”
Harmony-laced trio I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan) and game-changing newcomers like Courtney Marie Andrews, Margo Price and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats left it all on the famed Ryman stage, while serving as a testament to the radiant future of this beautiful art form encompassing folk, country, blues, soul, rock and roots music.
“I am continually humbled to experience the caliber of talent that gathers under one roof for one incredibly special night of the year,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “I have nothing but absolute reverence for every single one of these musicians and am looking forward to witnessing more of their evidently fruitful careers for years to come.”
Americana music’s most awarded singer-songwriter and producer Buddy Miller returned as reigning musical director with an Americana All-Star Band featuring Don Was, Jerry Pentecost, Joe Pisapia, Ian Fitchuk, Lillie Mae, Joshua Grange, Jim Hoke and the incredible McCrary Sisters backing many of the night’s performers.