Buddy Miller is king of the world at Americana awards
Buddy Miller was the big winner at the Americana Music Association awards last night, taking the prizes for best artist and best instrumentalist, while the album he played on and co-produced, The Band of Joy, took the album of the year award for Robert Plant.
It was Miller’s second award for best artist, and fourth as best instrumentalist. In previous years he has also won the award for song, album and group/duo of the year. He also acted as bandmaster for the awards show in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
"I love this awards show, but I think we should change the name to The Buddys," joked Emmylou Harris, who performed the opening song of the night with Alison Krauss.
Mumford & Sons, the British folk-influenced band that is taking the world by storm, won the award for new or emerging artist of the year, but they missed out on the group/duo award, which went to the Avett Brothers for the third time.
Former emerging artist recipient Justin Townes Earle was honoured for song of the year for the title track to his latest album, Harlem River Blues.
There were no awards for Elizabeth Cook, despite her three nominations.
Among the recipients of the previously-announced lifetime achievement awards was broadcaster Bob Harris, who has almost single-handedly brought Americana to the attention of the British public.
“I never dreamed it would come to this,” Harris said on his show a few hours before the awards. “But with Whistle Test we were supporting left-field country almost from day one. And I was extremely fortunate that Radio 2 asked me to do this programme in 1999.”
Also honoured were Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman – who made it to the show despite a recent stay in hospital – Jerry Douglas and producer Rick Hall.