Americana Honors & Awards Recipients

The Americana Music Association (AMA) is a trade organization developed to provide professional support and to promote awareness of Americana music. Toward these ends the organization works with artists, radio stations, record labels, publishers, and others to create networking opportunities and to develop an infrastructure that will assure visibility and economic viability. Additionally, the organization works to increase brand recognition of Americana music and its artists. Beginning in 2002, the AMA hosts an annual Americana Conference and Awards Show every September in Nashville. The AMA also publishes radio airplay charts and newsletters, it conducts market research, and it disseminates information about important events in the Americana community.

Americana is music that honors and is derived from the traditions of American roots music. It is music inspired by American culture traditions which is not only represented in classic man made / roots based sounds but also through new and contemporary artists whose music is clearly inspired by these great traditions. It is a great genre, vast, like jazz which encompasses a wide range of music. Like jazz, which spans from Miles Davis to Harry Connick to the Preservation Hall, Americana's range includes artists like Gram Parsons, Soloman Burke, The Band, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Mavis Staples...

Americana Honors & Awards Recipients born or based in Texas:

Album Of The Year

2013 - Old Yellow Moon by Rodney Crowell (with Emmylou Harris) (Nonesuch)
2010 - This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark by Various artists, Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp (Icehouse Music)
2009 - Written in Chalk by Julie Miller (with Buddy Miller) (New West)
2007 - Children Running Through by Patty Griffin (ATO)
2006 - Childish Things by James McMurtry (Compadre)
2002 - Buddy & Julie Miller by Julie Miller (with Buddy Miller) (Hightone)

Song Of The Year

2010 - "The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham; appears on Crazy Heart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Various Artists (New West)
2009 - "Chalk" by Julie Miller; appears on Written in Chalk by Buddy & Julie Miller (New West)
2008 - "She Left Me for Jesus" by Hayes Carll and Brian Keane; appears on Trouble in Mind by Hayes Carll (Lost Highway)
2006 - "We Can't Make It Here" by James McMurtry; appears on Childish Things by James McMurtry (Compadre)
2005 - "Worry Too Much" by Mark Heard; appears on Universal United House Of Prayer by Buddy Miller (New West)
2004 - "Fate's Right Hand" by Rodney Crowell; appears on Fate's Right Hand by Rodney Crowell (DMZ/Epic)

Artist Of The Year

2010 - Ryan Bingham
2007 - Patty Griffin

Duo/Group Of The Year

2013 - Rodney Crowell (with Emmylou Harris)
2009 - Julie Miller with (Buddy Miller)

Instrumentalist Of The Year

2009 - Gurf Morlix

New/Emerging Artist Of The Year

2010 - Hayes Carll
2006 - The Greencards

Americana Trailblazer Award

2008 - Nanci Griffith
2007 - Lyle Lovett

First Amendment Center/Americana Music Association "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award

2013 - Stephen Stills
2004 - Steve Earle
2003 - Kris Kristofferson

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive

2008 - Terry Lickona
2002 - T Bone Burnett

Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist

2014 - Flaco Jimenez

Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance

2009 - Asleep at the Wheel
2007- Joe Ely
2006 - Alejandro Escovedo

Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting

2007 - Willie Nelson
2006 - Rodney Crowell
2005 - Guy Clark
2002 - Billy Joe Shaver

President's Award

2007 - Townes Van Zandt
2006 - Mickey Newbury
2002 - Doug Sahm