Cash, Isbell and Ellis Lead Americana Nominations
Here’s a twist for the Americana Music Association—a former married couple going toe-to-toe for the organization’s coveted Artist of the Year honor.
Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell, the royal couple of country music in the early ‘80s, both earned Artist of the Year nominations in the Americana Honors and Awards program, the annual awards presentation recognizing the year's achievements in roots music.
Nominations for the 12th Americana Honors and Awards were announced today. The awards show is the marquee event of the Americana Music Association, the roots-music nonprofit whose mission, according to the AMA, is to “advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.”
Cash and Crowell will square off for Artist of the Year with fellow-nominees Jason Isbell and Robert Ellis.
Cash was also nominated for song (“A Feather’s Not a Bird”) and album (“The River and the Thread”) of the year, tying for most overall nominations with Ellis and Isbell, who both also earned nods in those categories.
The Americana Honors and Awards will be presented September 17, as part of the Americana Music Festival, taking place September 17 to 21 in Nashville.
For a peak at Cash and Crowell in the early '80s, check out the above clip of the couple performing "Seven Year Ache."
Here’s a full list of the 2014 AHA nominees:
Album of the Year
Build Me Up From Bones, Sarah Jarosz
The Lights From The Chemical Plant, Robert Ellis
The River And The Thread, Rosanne Cash
Southeastern, Jason Isbell
Artist of the Year
Duo/Group of the Year
The Avett Brothers
The Devil Makes Three
Hard Working Americans
Lake Street Dive
The Milk Carton Kids
Song of the Year
"Cover Me Up", Jason Isbell
"A Feather's Not A Bird", Rosanne Cash
"Ohio", Patty Griffin
"Only Lies", Robert Ellis
Emerging Act of the Year
Hurray For The Riff Raff
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Instrumentalist of the Year