AMER­I­CANA MU­SIC AWARDS 2018

FOLK SINGER-SONG­WRITER JOHN PRINE WON ARTIST OF THE YEAR FOR THE SEC­OND TIME IN A ROW AT THE AMER­I­CANA MU­SIC HON­ORS AND AWARDS WHILE JA­SON IS­BELL TOOK HOME THREE AWARDS, IN­CLUD­ING AL­BUM OF THE YEAR

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Folk singer-song­writer John Prine won artist of the year for the sec­ond time in a row at the Amer­i­cana Mu­sic Hon­ors and Awards on Sept. 12, while Ja­son Is bell took home three awards, in­clud­ing al­bum of the year.

Con­sid­ered a leader of the amer­i­cana genre, pri ne re­leased “Tree of For­give­ness” this year, his irst

col­lec­tion of new ma­te­rial in 13 years. He owns his own record la­bel in Nashville and mails his records straight to fans.

“I want to thank all of you, all of you that bought the record, and all of you that didn’t buy the record,” Prine, 71, said. “We’ll get you sooner or later.”

Is­bell, the lead­ing nom­i­nee, won for song of the year for “If We Were Vam­pires,” and as a duo/group for his band, the 400 Unit.

He was con­sid­ered a favourite to win most of the cat­e­gories he was nom­i­nated in thanks to his Grammy-win­ning record, “The Nashville Sound.” In his ac­cep­tance speeches, he cred­ited his band­mates and his wife, Amanda Shires, who plays id­dle in the

band and sings with him.

Is­bell joked that Shires was chastis­ing him for wast­ing his time watch­ing TV be­fore he went to write “If We Were Vam­pires,” a song about their re­la­tion­ship. “This song al­most did not hap­pen for me,” he said. “I have to thank my wife Amanda. Be­yond be­ing the in­spi­ra­tion for the song as she of­ten is, she was also the mo­ti­va­tion for the song.”

The band also per­formed “White Man’s World,” a song he wrote af­ter Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion. Is­bell was the sole male nom­i­nee go­ing up against Brandi Carlile, Mary Gau­thier and Margo Price for al­bum of the year, and also faced Carlile, Price and Lee Ann Wo­mack in the song of the year cat­e­gory.

De­spite the wealth of fe­male nom­i­nees this year, the only woman to win an award was blue­grass banjo player Molly Tut­tle for

in­stru­men­tal­ist of the year.

Tyler Childers was named emerg­ing artist of the year, but the Ken­tucky-bred singer, whose de­but al­bum was called “Pur­ga­tory,” said he pre­ferred to be called a coun­try singer rather than an Amer­i­cana artist. “As a man who iden­ti­ies as coun­try mu­sic

singer, I feel Amer­i­cana ... is a dis­trac­tion of the is­sues that we are fac­ing on a big­ger level as coun­try mu­sic singers,” Childers said. “It kind of feels like pur­ga­tory.”

Soul singer ir ma thomas, blues man buddy guy and k.d. Lang all re­ceived life­time achieve­ment hon­ors, while while Rosanne Cash re­ceived the “Spirit of Amer­i­cana” Free Speech award.

Cash, daugh­ter of coun­try icon Johnny Cash, earned sev­eral stand­ing ova­tions dur­ing her speech and per­for­mance in which she called for equal pay for women and stronger gun con­trol.

“I be­lieve that a sin­gle child’s life is greater, more pre­cious and more de­serv­ing of the pro­tec­tion of this na­tion and the adults in this room than the right to own a per­sonal arse­nal of mil­i­tary style weapons,” Cash said.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 25-year an­niver­sary of her al­bum “In­genue” Lang talked about her love of coun­try singers like Patsy Cline as she ac­cepted the award on the stage of the famed Mother Church of Coun­try Mu­sic, the Ry­man Au­di­to­rium.

“I am so hon­oured to be in this tem­ple of great mu­sic,” Lang said. “The trail­blaz­ers have re­ally left their sweat on this stage.”

Thomas sang her clas­sic, “Time Is On My Side,” and joked that she felt too young to be re­ceiv­ing a life­time achieve­ment award. “And at 77, I am only 14,” Thomas said.

Guy ac­cepted his life­time achieve­ment award, while ac­knowl­edg­ing the blues is rarely played on ra­dio any­more. But he said while watch­ing the per­form­ers dur­ing the show, he was in­spired.

“If you think you’re too old to learn, you bet­ter stay at home,” Guy said.

Also hon­oured with life­time achieve­ment hon­ours were Judy Dlu­gacz and Cris Wil­liamson, founders be­hind Olivia Records, an all-fe­male record la­bel that started in the 1970s.

Singer and song­writer k.d. lang ac­cepts the trail­blazer award Rosanne Cash ac­cepts the Spirit of Amer­i­cana Free Speech in Mu­sic award Margo Price Ja­son Is­bell and the 400 Unit per­form dur­ing the Amer­i­cana Hon­ors and Awards show in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Margo Price per­forms Amanda Shires

Brandi Carlile per­forms dur­ing the show John Prine ac­cepts the artist of the year award Tyler Childers ac­cepts the emerg­ing artist of the year award

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