September 29th, 2016
Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
The 2016 Americana Awards show at the Ryman was a true tribute to the music of America. It honored those who have passed on, it honored those still here whose lifetime of music making made them a place among the honorees, and it recognized those rising stars continuing the tradition of making music, Americana Style. Bob Weir, Dwight Yoakam, John McEuen,The Nitty Gritty Dirtband, William Bell, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Buddy Miller, Steve Fishell and more contributed to the night's success.
Just a few of the high lights are included here........ Bob Weir performed “Mama Tried” to honor Merle Haggard with Buddy Miller, Steve Fishell, and the All Star band.
The presenters included Jim Lauderdale, Bonnie Raitt, Larry Campbell/Theresa Williams, Bruce Hornsby, John Prine, George Strait...
Dwight Yoakam was one of those who performed.......
Others included Bonnie Raitt, William Bell, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Emmy Lou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price, Timothy B. Schmit, and many more.
Bruce Hornsby made a moving presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award to Bob Weir. In his acceptance speech Bob paid homage to the musical roots of Americana.....”You take musical traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain a little bit, a little bit from France, and blend them together with a rich variety of African musical traditions, and stir it up. You let it simmer for 200 to 300 years and see what happens. This could only happen in a new land. Physically, culturally, and spiritually. That place was and is America.”
George Strait, who has relied on Jim's songwriting talents so much, presented Jim Lauderdale with the “WagonMaster” award. The only other one ever had gone to Porter Wagoner. This recognized how Jim has been a true leader in promoting “Americana” music. Then George and Jim performed one of Jim's best songs, “King of the Broken Hearts”.
The grand finale was John McEuen, the Nitty Gritty Dirtband” performing the Carter Family Classic, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” with the help of many of the show's participants. A fitting song to close a show celebrating “Americana” music.