Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone by Lucinda Williams won the coveted Album of The Year at the Americana Music Awards & Honors last night in Nashville, TN. Williams and her husband/co-producer Tom Overby accepted the award, having already played ‘East Side of Town,’ from the acclaimed double album. The title of the album came froma poem by Williams’ father, poet Miller Williams, who passed away on January 1 this year.
The Album of The Year award capped a star-studded night in which young Americana stars such as Sturgill Simpson (Artist of the Year and Song of The Year) and Shakey Graves (Emerging Artist of The Year) shared honours with veterans such as The Mavericks (Group of The Year) and John Leventhal (Instrumentalist). Simpson was not present to accept his awards due to touring commitments.
The Lifetime Achievement Awards also recognised other veterans: Los Lobos (Performance), Don Henley (Trailblazer), Ricky Scaggs (Instrumentalist), Buffy St Marie and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings (Songwriting). The President’s Award went to the late BB King who was industed by Keb Mo’ who also sang King’s ‘Been Downhearted’ with King’s guitar Lucille placed on the stage.
The evening, which ran for what must be a record three and a half hours, featured other performances from The Fairfield Four & The McCrary Sisters with Robert Randolph (‘Rock My Soul’), Leanne Womack, Don Henley (I’m Praying For Rain’), Shakey Graves & Esme Patterson, Buffy St Marie (‘Universal Soldier’), John Hiatt (‘Long Time Coming’ with Ry Cooder on guitar), Doug Seegers (‘Angie’s Song’), Nikki Lane (‘The Right Time’), Rhiannon Giddens, The Lone Bellow, The Mavericks, Ricky Scaggs (with Ry Cooder on banjo and Sharon White for ‘Gloryland’), Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot (Hank Williams’ ‘Cold, Cold Heart’), Jason Isbell (‘Something More Than Free’), Los Lobos (‘How Will the Wolf Survive’) and host Jim Lauderdale. The evening closed with an ensemble rendition of Los Lobos’ ‘One Time One Night.’
The awards will be broadcast on PBS in the USA later this year and also on CMT in Australia.
Album of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)
Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
Artist of the Year
Emerging Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
Song of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Songwriter)
‘Turtles All the Way Down’ – Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
Instrumentalist of the Year
President’s Award: BB King
Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Don Henley
Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Ricky Skaggs
Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Los Lobos.
Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Buffy Sainte-Marie