Friday, October 14, 2011
Buddy Miller Leads 2011 Americana Music Association Award Winners
Five Lifetime Achievement Award honorees highlighted the evening as well. The five stand out as some of the most innovative and inspirational leaders in the Americana genre.
Lucinda Williams received the Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. A three-time Grammy winner, Williams was named "America's best songwriter" by Time magazine in 2002. Albums such as Car Wheels on a Gravel Road received almost unanimous critical acclaim, and earned the reclusive Williams legendary status rare for musicians her age.
Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas was distinguished as an outstanding instrumentalist for his solo work and collaboration with Alison Krauss and Union Station. He has won 12 Grammy Awards, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was named the Artist in Residence for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gregg Allman received tonight's honor for performance. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Allman Brothers Band founder is known for his powerful voice, for his work on Hammond B3 Organ, and for composing much of the Allman Brothers Band's material alongside Dickey Betts.
As owner of the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., Rick Hall has recorded some of the most significant musicians in American history, including Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, Wilson Pickett and Etta James. He was presenteded with the Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for an Executive.
The Trailblazer Award is for "Whispering" Bob Harris, who has been widely acknowledged for his long-running rock, country and folk program on BBC Radio 2, culminating in his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for his services to music broadcasting. Harris also helped found Time Out magazine and pioneer the BBC's digital station BBC6.
THE 2011 AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION WINNERS:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Buddy Miller
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Band of Joy, Robert Plant
NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Mumford & Sons
DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Winner: The Avett Brothers
SONG OF THE YEAR
Winner: Justin Townes Earle, "Harlem River Blues"
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Buddy Miller