Tanya Tucker, Nathaniel Rateliff, John Prine and Brandi Carlile, both with and without the Highwomen, are among the nominees for the Americana Music Association’s 19th Annual Americana Honours & Awards. The ceremony is due to take place on 16 September at the hallowed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The Association is constantly monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19.
Rateliff’s solo release And It’s Still Alright — described by Rolling Stone as “the heartening sound of music pulling him through his pain” — is shortlisted for Album of the Year. It’s alongside Tucker’s remarkable, double Grammy-winning comeback set While I’m Livin’, which was co-produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile.
The self-titled set by the Highwomen, featuring Carlile with Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, is also an Album of the Year nominee, along with Tyler Childers’ Country Squire and Brittany Howard’s Jaime. Tucker, Carlile and Howard are also on the shortlist for Artist of the Year, as are British talent Yola and, posthumously, Prine.
Duo/Group of the Year is between Black Pumas, Drive-By Truckers, The Highwomen, Buddy & Julie Miller and Our Native Daughters. Black Pumas are also on the Emerging Act of the Year shortlist with Katie Pruitt, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Strings and Kelsey Waldon. Instrumentalist of the Year nomineees are Ellen Angelico, Annie Clements, Brittany Haas, Zachariah Hickman and Rich Hinman.
Finally, Song of the Year nominations go to Rateliff’s ‘And It’s Still Alright’ title track; Tucker’s ‘Bring My Flowers Now,’ co-written by the artist with Carlile, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth; The Highwomen’s ‘Crowded Table,’ another Carlile co-write, with bandmate Hemby and Lori McKenna; Sellers’ ‘My Love Will Not Change,’ featuring Steve Earle and written by Billy Burnette and Shawn Camp; Howard’s self-composed ‘Stay High’ and Drive-By Truckers’ ‘Thoughts and Prayers,’ written by the band’s Patterson Hood.