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May 21, 2009
Raul nominated for Americana Music Association Artist of the Year!
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 8th ANNUAL AMERICANA HONORS & AWARDS SHOW

Show Slated for Thursday, September 17 at Legendary Ryman Auditorium

NASHVILLE, May 20, 2009 – The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the trade organization’s 2009 Honors and Awards ceremony today at its annual celebration at BMI's Nashville offices.  The show, in it's 8th year, will be held September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.   Legendary mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush, joined by rising star Phoebe Hunt from the Belleville Outfit, read the list of award candidates to a crowd of industry executives, artists and tastemakers.

Buddy Miller received five nominations, Justin Townes Earle received three and Alejandro Escovedo, The Flatlanders, and Australia’s Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson each received two nominations.

Selected by members of the Americana Music Association, the 2009 nominees reflect the genre’s affection for innovative and inspiring artistry. The nominees’ eligibility is based on work released between June 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009.

The winners will be announced September 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 8th Annual Americana Music Association’s Honors and Awards Show. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the Honors & Awards ceremony will also recognize Lifetime Achievements and bestow awards in Performance, Songwriting and the unique Spirit of Americana Award honoring Free Speech in Music. Additional honorees and performers will be announced in the coming months.
 
“The artists housed under the Americana umbrella truly create today’s most critically acclaimed, socially relevant and culturally profound music,” said AMA executive director Jed Hilly. “The nominees represent the elite of the elite, and we could not be more proud to work with and for such provocative creators.”
 
The 2009 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Nominees are:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Real Animal, by Alejandro Escovedo
Written in Chalk, by Buddy & Julie Miller
Jason Isbell & The 40 Unit, by Jason Isbell & The 40 Unit
Midnight At The Movies, by Justin Townes Earle

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Alejandro Escovedo
Buddy Miller
Justin Townes Earle
Raul Malo

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller 
Gurf Morlix
Jerry Douglas
Sam Bush

NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
Band of Heathens
Belleville Outfit
Justin Townes Earle
Sarah Borges

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Chalk,” written by Julie Miller, performed by Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin
“Country Love” by the Gourds
“Homeland Refugee,” by Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, performed by the Flatlanders
“Rattlin’ Bones” by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, performed by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
“Sex And Gasoline,” by Rodney Crowell, performed by Rodney Crowell 

DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR
Buddy & Julie Miller
Flatlanders
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Reckless Kelly



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