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Dave Rawlings leads Americana Honors & Awards nominees

Dave Rawlings is nominated for four trophies at the Americana Music Association’s 2010Honors & Awards, as announced by Emmylou Harris and Todd Snider Wednesday morning at the W.O. Smith School of Music.

Rawlings’ graceful guitar work and harmony vocals have long been a central element inGillian Welch’s sound. For his debut as Dave Rawlings Machine, he enlisted the aid of Welch and Nashville string band Old Crow Medicine Show, and he recorded at historic RCA Studio B and Woodland Sound Studios.

The resulting nine-song set, A Friend Of A Friend, is up for album of the year at the AMA’s show, set to take place Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Ryman Auditorium. Rawlings also received nods in the top instrumentalist and song of the year (for “Ruby,” written with Welch) categories, and Dave Rawlings Machine is up for duo/group of the year as well.

Rosanne Cash’s The List, an album inspired by a list of essential country songs given her by father Johnny Cash, is a top album nominee, as is Ray Wylie Hubbard’s cumbersomely titledA. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) and Patty Griffin’s Downtown Church, recorded in the sanctuary at Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church.

Griffin also received an artist of the year nomination, along with Hubbard, Levon HelmSteve Earle and Ryan Bingham. Griffin’s producer, Buddy Miller, received a nomination in the instrumentalist category, which also features Nashvillians Will Kimbrough and Sam Bush.

The Avett Brothers, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Band of Heathens are in the duo/group running with the Dave Rawlings Machine, while the new & emerging artist category groups Bingham with Sarah JaroszHayes CarllCorb Lund and Joe Pug.

Bingham’s “The Weary Kind,” written with T Bone Burnett and featured in the film Crazy Heart, is a top song nominee along with “Ruby,” Carll and Hubbard’s “Drunken Poet’s Dream” and The Avett Brothers’ “I and Love and You.”

The awards show takes place in the midst of the 11th annual Americana Festival and Conference, slated for Sept. 8–11 and based at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown hotel. The festival includes more than 100 music showcases at numerous Nashville venues.

“Very quietly, Americana has become the fastest rising music category today,” 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 2010 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards nominees

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
The List, by Rosanne Cash
A Friend of a Friend, by Dave Rawlings Machine
Downtown Church, by Patty Griffin
A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C), by Ray Wylie Hubbard

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ryan Bingham
Patty Griffin
Levon Helm — tie
Steve Earle — tie
Ray Wylie Hubbard

DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Avett Brothers
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Band of Heathens
Dave Rawlings Machine

INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
Buddy Miller
Dave Rawlings
Will Kimbrough
Sam Bush

NEW & EMERGING ARTIST
Sarah Jarosz
Ryan Bingham
Hayes Carll — tie
Corb Lund
Joe Pug

SONG OF THE YEAR
“The Weary Kind,” written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett, performed by Ryan Bingham
“Drunken Poets Dream,” written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard, performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard
“Ruby,” written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch, performed by Dave Rawlings Machine
“I and Love and You,” written and performed by The Avett Brothers

Courtesy of The Tennesseean.

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