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Yesterday in Nashville, the Americana Music Association announced the nominees for the 2008 Honors and Awards ceremony, to be held on September 18 at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Several PopMatters perenial favorites appear with deserved nominations including Mike Farris for New Emerging Artist of the Year and the Avett Brothers for Duo/Group of the Year. This year’s featival and conference will take place from September 17 through the 20th.


Without further ado, here’s the full slate of nominees…


ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant: Raising Sand
Hayes Carll: Trouble in Mind
James McMurtry: Just Us Kids
Levon Helm: Dirt Farmer


ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Steve Earle
Levon Helm
Jim Lauderdale
James McMurtry


INSTUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Gurf Morlix
Sam Bush


NEW EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Justin Townes Earle
Mike Farris
Ryan Bingham
The Steeldrivers


SONG OF THE YEAR
“Broken”: Tift Merritt
“Cheney’s Toy”: James McMurtry
“Gone Gone Gone”: Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
“Poor Old Dirt Farmer”: Levon Helm
“She Left Me for Jesus”: Hayes Carll


DUO/GROUP OF THE YEAR
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Drive By Truckers
Kane Welch Kaplin
The Avett Brothers


[PopMatters 2007 coverage of the Americana Music Festival]
[Americana Music Association]


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(Left to right): BMI’s Jody Williams, Honorable Mayor Karl Dean, Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck, with the AMA’s Danna Strong and Jed Hilly


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