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    AMA award nominations

    The award show's not due until Sept 16th, at the Ryman, but the nominations were announced this afternoon, at an event at the Country Music Hall of Fame, hosted by the Milk Carton Kids, and featuring performances by some of the nominees.

    These are the nominations:

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    And The War Came Shakey Graves; Produced by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Chris Boosahda
    Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone Lucinda Williams; Produced by Lucinda Williams, Tom Overby and Greg Leisz
    Metamodern Sounds In Country Music Sturgill Simpson; Produced by Dave Cobb
    The Way I'm Livin' Lee Ann Womack; Produced by Frank Liddell
    Tomorrow Is My Turn Rhiannon Giddens; Produced by T-Bone Burnett


    ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Rhiannon Giddens
    Jason Isbell
    Sturgill Simpson
    Lucinda Williams
    Lee Ann Womack


    DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
    The Lone Bellow
    The Mavericks
    Punch Brothers
    Shovels & Rope


    EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    First Aid Kit
    Houndmouth
    Nikki Lane
    Doug Seegers
    Shakey Graves


    INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
    Hubby Jenkins
    Laur Joamets
    Greg Leisz
    John Leventhal
    Stuart Mathis


    SONG OF THE YEAR
    "Dearly Departed" Shakey Graves; Written by Alejandro Rose-Garcia and Esme' Patterson
    "East Side Of Town" Lucinda Williams; Written by Lucinda Williams
    "Terms Of My Surrender" John Hiatt; Written by John Hiatt
    "Turtles All The Way Down" Sturgill Simpson; Written by Sturgill Simpson
    "You're The Best Lover That I Ever Had" Steve Earle & the Dukes; Written by Steve Earle


    The first nominated song, "Dearly Departed" is a duet by the two songwriters ("Shakey Graves" is the stage name used by Texas singer, Alejandro Rose-Garcia). It seems quite strongly influenced by Indie Pop, and shows the mixed genre feel that is increasingly popular in both Mainstream and Progressive Roots music. It has, in fact, had crossover play on VH1, as well as CMT.

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    Lucinda Williams is a veteran of this sub-genre, and likely to have substantial support among the voting members. The nominated song combines a bleak, moody theme with socially engaged lyrics and some driving guitar and percussion music


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    John Hiatt is another long time stalwart of this format, and his style echoes Mainstream jazz singing


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    Sturgill Simpson has been mentioned several times on the board. Like Shakey Graves he represents the newer wave of singer songwriters, and his "MetaModern Sounds in Country and Western Music" has been attractingv a lot of critical attention. This is the nominated song:


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    The fifth nominated song takes us back to the long time favourites of this format, with Steve Earle - and this more traditionally inspired song would be my pick out of the SOTY nominations. Eleanor Whitmore (who is half of the Mastersons duo, with her husband who plays lead guitar) plays a great shimmering fiddle line on this song!



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