Buddy Miller Leads Americana Award Winners
Buddy Miller was the night's biggest winner at Thursday's Americana Awards show in Nashville, taking home four trophies. Buddy, who often performs with his wife Julie, was named Artist of the Year. He and Julie also took home Duo/Group of the Year and Album of the Year for their joint project, 'Written in Chalk.' And Buddy's song, 'Chalk,' which he recorded with Patty Griffin, was named Song of the Year.
Asleep at the Wheel received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, and John Fogerty received Lifetime Achievement honors for Songwriting. Lifetime Achievement awards also went to Sam Bush in the Instrumental category and Jim Rooney for Producer/Engineer.
Justin Townes Earle, son of singer/songwriter Steve Earle, was named Emerging Artist of the Year, while producer and musician Gurf Morlix was given the Instrumentalist nod. The late Lowell George of Little Feat was presented with the President's Award, and artist manager Ken Leviton was given the Jack Emerson Award.
Jim Laurderdale hosted the show, which featured performances by Fogerty, Miller and Griffin, Rodney Crowell, The Flatlanders (Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock), Raul Malo, John Prine and Nancy Griffith.
The awards show came during the tenth anniversary of the Americana Music Association's annual convention. Highlights of the week included Rosanne Cash's keynote speech Wednesday morning and Fogerty's nearly two-hour surprise concert appearance Wednesday night. Friday, singer/songwriter Chip Taylor, who penned 'Wild Thing' for The Troggs and 'Angel of the Morning,' talks about his new book, 'Songs from a Dutch Tour.' Taylor, who is actor Jon Voight's brother, has been a professional gambler in between his work as a singer/songwriter.
The event continues through Saturday. Among the artists who will be performing Friday and Saturday include The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Annie and the Beekeepers, J.D. Souther, Holly Williams, Hot Club of Cowtown, Nanci Griffith, Mary Gauthier and Elizabeth Cook.