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NEW & FAMILIAR FACES AT AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS

Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, The Mavericks, Lee Ann Womack and Don Henley were among the representatives of the old guard at the 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. They mixed it up with more recently minted roots-music luminaries Shakey Graves, Sturgill Simpson, Houndmouth, Jason Isbell, Nikki Lane, The Lone Bellow and Rhiannon Giddens,  

The show, hosted by Jim Lauderdale, featured an all-star house band led by Buddy Miller and including Dominic Davis, Chad Cromwell, the McCrary Sisters and Little Feat’s Bill Payne.

Our own Holly Gleason was at the Ryman and offers her takes in an adjacent story.

Here’s the list of winners:

Album of the Year
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams; produced by Lucinda, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz

Artist of the Year
Sturgill Simpson

Duo Group of the Year
The Mavericks

Song of the Year
"Turtles All The Way Down" Written by Sturgill Simpson

Emerging Artist of the Year
Shakey Graves

Instrumentalist of the Year
John Leventhal

Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer
Don Henley

The Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist
Ricky Skaggs

Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance
Los Lobos

President's Award
BB King

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