NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday’s Americana Honors & Awards.
Five of six winners are based in Nashville, further cementing the city’s growing reputation as a roots music destination.
Welch won artist of the year, and Rawlings broke Buddy Miller’s stranglehold on the instrumentalist of the year category. And The Civil Wars won duo/group of the year.
The only non-Nashville act to win was the Shakes, which took home the new/emerging artist award.
Lead nominee Jason Isbell won song of the year for Alabama Pines.
Producers Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp won album of the year for This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark.
Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. Jones and Richard Thompson were honored with lifetime achievement awards.