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This year’s Americana Music Association Music Festival and Conference took place in Nashville, Tennessee from September 8 - 11th. The festival included 4 nights of performances by rising stars and veteran Americana artists in five downtown clubs around the city.

Folk Alley was there to capture the gala AMA Honors & Award Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium, featuring Jim Lauderdale and an all-star band led by Buddy Miller. You can listen to the show in its entirety in the player below.

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 The List, by Rosanne Cash - winner
 A Friend of a Friend, by Dave Rawlings Machine
 Downtown Church, by Patty Griffin
 A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no c), by Ray Wylie Hubbard

 Ryan Bingham - winner
 Patty Griffin
 Levon Helm  
 Steve Earle  
 Ray Wylie Hubbard

 The Avett Brothers - winner
 Carolina Chocolate Drops
 Band of Heathens
 Dave Rawlings Machine

 Buddy Miller - winner 
 Dave Rawlings
 Will Kimbrough
 Sam Bush

 Sarah Jarosz
 Ryan Bingham
 Hayes Carll - winner
 Corb Lund 
 Joe Pug 

 "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)"
 Written by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett-performed by Ryan Bingham - winner
 "Drunken Poets Dream"
 Written by Hayes Carll and Ray Wylie Hubbard performed by Ray Wylie Hubbard
 Written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch-performed by Dave Rawlings Machine
 "I and Love and You"
 Written and performed The Avett Brothers
The 2010 Americana Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are:

Wanda Jackson, Performance: the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, whose growling glamour reshaped the role of women in both rock and roll and country;

John Mellencamp, Songwriting: whose songs have influentially combined the blue collar sweat of rock and roll and the humble grit of honky tonk;

Luke Lewis, Executive: Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, whose visionary commitment to the label's Lost Highway imprint has created a home for numerous Americana greats;

Greg Leisz, Instrumentalist: the go-to lap and pedal steel, guitar, mandolin and bass virtuoso who has enriched recordings by Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and more;

Brian Ahern, Producer/Engineer: whose work as a producer includes seminal albums by Emmylou Harris, as well as output from Marty Robbins, George Jones, Anne Murray, Billy Joe Shaver, Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester and Ricky Skaggs.

The nominees, winners and honorees will be celebrated September 9, 2010 at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the 9th Annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller. 

 Each year the Americana Music Association honors distinguished members of the music community with six member voted annual awards and with Lifetime Achievement Awards.  The Honors & Awards are attended by 2000+ artists, music loving fans and entertainment industry executives in one of America's musical shrines, the historic Ryman Auditorium.  

The Honors & Awards have featured many amazing moments over the years including Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash's last live performance together, as well as show-stopping appearances by John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, Solomon Burke, Old Crow Medicine Show, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, the Avett Brothers, Mavis Staples, Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Levon Helm, and so many more.  The event has earned a reputation for the coolest and best live music awards show around.
Getting ready for broadcast
On the air
John Mellencamp's Award
The Ryman Auditorium

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nice photos !

Posted by Stephen Bourque on October 24, 2010

I first saw the Avett Brothers at DelFest 2010 and they are well deserving of DUO GROUP OF THE YEAR!!!

Posted by Jim Andrews on September 10, 2010

It's very gratifying to see this 'Americana' music getting it's recognition and due!! All world class artists!!

Posted by Terry Rogers on September 10, 2010

Thanks for streaming this event. Am thrilled that Rosanne Cash won for "Album of the Year."

Posted by Patti Petow on September 10, 2010

Great show! Thanks for streaming it.

Posted by Jeff Biby on September 09, 2010

Congratz to Hayes!!!

Posted by Joshua Brown on September 09, 2010

This is awesome - I so love Emmylou...

Posted by Teresa Reinhardt on September 09, 2010

LOVE the Carolina Chocolate Drops!!

Posted by Jack Straw on September 09, 2010

ty folkalley this is GREAT

Posted by Davr Lowe on September 09, 2010

Great performance by Lucinda. Shades of Janis.

Posted by Jeff Biby on September 09, 2010

Ray Wylie was robbed

Posted by Coolhand on September 09, 2010

Looking forward to this!

Posted by Joe Bloggs13 on September 09, 2010

This is great! Thanks Folk Alley for presenting this very under appreciated genre.

Posted by Cedra & Eric Spragett on September 07, 2010

We can't seem to listen to this, are we missing something? What a drag.

Posted by Cedra & Eric Spragett on September 04, 2010

Shortly before I married my second wife, Genevieve Gerrior--whose father was Hank Snow's childhood friend and first fiddle player--shared Infamous Angel with me and I have enjoyed her music since. In fact I took my favorites on the road with me while I was still an over-the-road truck driver. She kept me awake at nights as I turned her up and sang along with her songs that most people could relate to! One of my favorites is "The Way I should Be" and "My Town" and "Infamous Angel." These songs really bring you home to the reality of how life really is. Her music brought me out of a slump and I started taking my guitar with me on the road and during my free time I would stop at rest stops and find a quiet place to sing my own folk and folk-rock songs. Iris, if you have the time please give them a listen and let me know what you think, okay? The words of my songs remind a lot of people of Leonard Cohen, more than anyone else. I used to perform a lot of Neil Diamond and Neil Young songs and some of my gospel songs that I have performed in church remind people of Neil Young. I don't hear that myself but if it's true I guess I'll need to change my songs as I don't want to step into someone's light that's shown so bright for years. Iris, as I continue to peruse through your site, I am hoping to find an outlet to purchase all your CDs or be able to purchase your songs and download them. Thanks again for being so real in this crazy music business. It's the writers and singers such as you that keeps us involved in the artist who create "the real music" and not by a bunch of CEOs. Thank you, Marv Donovan

Posted by Marvin Patton on July 14, 2009

I love Iris to death. In fact, I dedicated my undergraduate creative writing thesis to her, and I remember wanting to go to this concert, but couldn't because it was literally the weekend before I had to defend said thesis and I had too much work. I really wanted to go and somehow find a way to let her know how much her music had influenced me as I was writing the novel I was using as my project. It's nice to finally, two years later, get to hear the show. What's the deal with this concert, though? The music's great, of course, but what's up with the requests for alcohol and the inappropriate yelling? Was the Beachland on crack that night? But again, I love Iris and am glad to have this recording :-)

Posted by Kori Frazier on March 03, 2009