I’m always keeping my ear to the ground on so many fronts for the music I love. There are so many good music communities across the globe to give support to and The Americana Music Association is one of them. They teach me a lot about the business side of the music industry, and so much about bands I have yet to discover that I deem them a worthy asset to my website.

Each year, the festival week has town absolutely buzzing while they host all of their panels and artist showcases here in Nashville. I like to spend as much time as I can studying all of the people and subject matter they are featuring.

Last year was a huge disappointment to everybody, as the awards were all done on video because of the pandemic. The entire festival was all online and virtual, however there were still winners, and plenty to learn.

Last year’s winners are all included on this video here and also in this article here are the announcements for this year’s 2021 honors and awards nominees . This one is pretty much inclusive of many of the artists I cover on this website, however there are always quite a few artists I don’t know yet, or need to study further.

After all, that is pretty much why I built and started this website, I wanted to study the music and all of the derivatives of many genres, and become a better fan and a great writer. I truly look forward to covering this event even more in the future so keep tuning into the website.

Here Are Our 2021 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

What a group! We’re proud to present these much-deserved nominations for our 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards. Is your favorite artist nominated this year? Check it out below!

And the nominees are …

Album of the Year:

“Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions),” Sturgill Simpson, Produced by David Ferguson & Sturgill Simpson

“J.T.,” Steve Earle & The Dukes, Produced by Steve Earle

“The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers,” Valerie June, Produced by Valerie June, Ben Rice & Jack Splash

“Reunions,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb

“World On The Ground,” Sarah Jarosz, Produced by John Leventhal

Artist of the Year:

Brandi Carlile
Kathleen Edwards Jason Isbell Margo PriceBilly Strings

Duo/Group of the Year:

Black Pumas

The Highwomen

Our Native Daughters

The War and Treaty

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Emerging Act of the Year:

Charley Crockett

Amythyst Kiah

Joy Oladokun

Allison Russell


Instrumentalist of the Year:

Megan Coleman

Robbie Crowell

Ray Jacildo

Philip Towns

Kristin Weber

Song of the Year:

“Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, Written by Amythyst Kiah

“Call Me A Fool,” Valerie June ft. Carla Thomas, Written by Valerie June

“Dreamsicle,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell

“I Remember Everything,” John Prine, Written by Pat McLaughlin & John Prine

“Long Violent History,” Tyler Childers, Written by Tyler Childers

Congratulations to all! Find out who will win at the 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 22 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Ticketing information will be announced on June 10, so mark your calendars, folks
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