McMurtry, Cash, Crowell, Stuart Among Top Americana Nominees

This appeared on - June 16, 2006

James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors and Awards, announced June 15 in Nashville. McMurtry earned three nominations for album, artist and song of the year.

Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell and Marty Stuart each earned two nominations. Cash and Crowell were separately nominated for both for artist and song of the year and Stuart got nods for artist and album of the year, the latter for his Soul’s Chapel set (Superlatone/Universal South).

The nominees were announced by recording artists Steve Earle and Allison Moorer at a reception hosted by BMI. Other nominees include the Dixie Chicks, Delbert McClinton and Neil Young.

The Americana Honors and Awards show is set for September 22 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. It will be hosted once again by artist Jim Lauderdale and will again feature an all-star house band led by Buddy Miller.

The show will air on both Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio, as well as on BBC Radio 2 and Voice of America around the world.

Following is a complete list of nominees.

Artist Of The Year
Rosanne Cash
James McMurtry
Marty Stuart
Neil Young

Album Of The Year
“Childish Things,” James McMurtry (Compadre)
“Cost Of Living,” Delbert McClinton (New West)
“Souls' Chapel,” Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives (Superlatone/Universal South)
“The Outsider,” Rodney Crowell (Columbia)

Duo/Group Of The Year
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell
The Drive-By Truckers
Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez

Instrumentalist Of The Year
Jerry Douglas
Tim O'Brien
Bryan Sutton
Kenny Vaughan

New/Emerging Artist Of The Year
The Greencards
James Hunter
Uncle Earl

Song Of The Year (presented to songwriter)
"Black Cadillac," Rosanne Cash; appears on “Black Cadillac” by Rosanne Cash (Capitol)
"Don't Get Me Started," Rodney Crowell; appears on “The Outsider” by Rodney Crowell (Columbia)
"Not Ready To Make Nice," Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson; appears on “Taking The Long Way” by the Dixie Chicks (Open Wide/Columbia)
"We Can't Make It Here," James McMurtry; appears on “Childish Things” by James McMurtry (Compadre)

By Phyllis Stark

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