2017 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Include Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, John Prine & More

2017 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees Include Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Jason Isbell, John Prine & More

The nominees for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards were announced today (May 9), and a familiar name is front and center: Sturgill Simpson.

Sturgill, who won Americana Awards in 2014 and 2015, leads the pack with three nominations in 2017, including Album, Artist and Song of the Year. Other artists with multiple nominations include the Drive-By Truckers, Rodney Crowell and Lori McKenna.

The 2017 Americana Honors & Awards show will be held September 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The ceremony is the centerpiece of AmericanaFest (Sept. 12–17) , which features more than 100 artists performing at different venues throughout Nashville. For ticket information, visit americanamusic.org.

Check out the full list of nominees.

Album of the Year
American Band – Drive-By Truckers (Produced by David Barbe)
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson (Produced by Sturgill Simpson)
Close Ties – Rodney Crowell (Produced by Kim Buie and Jordan Lehning)
Freedom Highway – Rhiannon Giddens (Produced David Bither, Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell)
The Navigator – Hurray for the Riff Raff (Produced by Paul Butler)

Artist of the Year
Jason Isbell
John Prine
Lori McKenna
Margo Price
Sturgill Simpson

Duo/Group of the Year
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Drive-By Truckers
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
The Lumineers

Emerging Artist of the Year
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Amanda Shires
Brent Cobb
Sam Outlaw

Song of the Year
“All Around You” – Sturgill Simpson (Written by Sturgill Simpson)
“It Ain’t Over Yet” – Rodney Crowell (feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White) (Written by Rodney Crowell)
“To Be Without You” – Ryan Adams (Written by Ryan Adams)
“Wreck You” – Lori McKenna (Written by Lori McKenna and Felix McTeigue)

Instrumentalist of the Year
Spencer Cullum Jr.
Jen Gunderman
Courtney Hartman
Charlie Sexton

Margo Price by Angelina Castillo/Shore Fire Media; Jason Isbell by David McClister/All Eyes Media; Lori McKenna by Becky Fluke/Sacks & Co.; John Prine by David McClister/The Press House; Sturgill Simpson by Reto Sterchi/Sacks & Co.

Daily Dose

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter