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September 12, 2010 // 20 Comments

September has a lot of album releases that I’m really enjoying or looking forward to. In fact, it’s the most lucrative month for music for my taste in quite some time.

Last Tuesday (September 7), Rounder Records released The SteelDrivers’ second album, Reckless (which is pretty spectacular, by the way) and this week, they will be releasing Robert Plant’s follow up to his 2007 collaborative album with Alison Krauss, which was also released on Rounder. From the streaming preview that can be heard on NPR’s website until release day, the album is a wonderfully rootsy project helmed by Plant and Buddy Miller and includes guitar work from Darrell Scott. October will finally see the release of Joe Diffie’s bluegrass album, which is also to be released on the label.

Americana Music Association Awards & Honors

September 19, 2008 // 0 Comments

The Americana Music Association handed out its yearly awards and honors Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The evening, which is a part of a four-day festival and conference, was hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featured an All-Star Band led by Buddy Miller. The following were the nominees, with the big winners of the evening in bold: Album of the Year: Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll Raising Sand, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant Just Us Kids, James McMurtry Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm Duo/Group of the Year: Alison Krauss & Robert Plant Drive By Truckers Kane Welch Kaplin The Avett Brothers Artist of the Year: Steve Earle Levon Helm Jim Lauderdale James McMurtry Instrumentalist of the Year: Buddy Miller Chris Thile Gurf Morlix Sam Bush New Emerging Artist of the Year: Justin Townes Earle Mike Farris Ryan Bingham The SteelDrivers Song of the Year: “Broken,” Tift Merritt (written Read More