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Americana Awards Nominees 2014


Americana Nominee robert Ellis

What is Americana? Glad you asked. Americana is the Kwanzaa of pop music.; a wholly made up sun division of country. You could define it as country rock except Luke Bryan could be defined as country rock and Americana sets itself up as the opposite of bro country.

Americana has, you know, standards. It is (self) important aand not to be mistaken for good time country post-George Jones.

Anyway, they are having an awards ceremony in Nashville in September and looking at these nominess it sure feels like one of the stupider subgenres. It’s like country music I LIKE EVEN IF IT DOESN’T SELL AS WELL AS COUNTRY MUSIC YOU LIKE. It also looks like a slamdunk for Jason isbell. Robert Ellis? Really? He should be fired just for his dress sense but he nasal vocals and overwritten and overwrought folk shouldn’t go anywhere at all. Who else, sure I saw Lake Side drive and Milk Carton Kids last year. Have I written about them since? And ugh to the Avett Brothers. And folks, here are the nominees:


Rosanne Cash

Rodney Crowell

Robert Ellis

Jason Isbell



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



The Avett Brothers

The Devil Makes Three

Hard Working Americans

Lake Street Dive

The Milk Carton Kids



“Cover Me Up”, Jason Isbell

“A Feather’s Not A Bird”, Rosanne Cash

“Ohio”, Patty Griffin

“Only Lies”, Robert Ellis



Hurray For The Riff Raff

Parker Millsap

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Sturgill Simpson

Valerie June



Larry Campbell

Fats Kaplin

Buddy Miller

Bryan Sutton

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