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Write On: Amanda Shires

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From MusicWorld, posted 10.25.13 Amanda Shires doesn’t shy away from the dark. Instead, she fearlessly and beautifully explores it in her songwriting, finding comfort in the universal emotions we all feel, and the universal discoveries we make when we come out of the darkness and into the light. “I like exploring the darker things,”… Read more...


BMI Songwriters Take Majority of Americana Honors & Awards Nods

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From News, posted 6.21.12 BMI’s roots music torch-bearers earned the majority of the nominations for the 2012 Americana Honors & Awards, unveiled recently by BMI songwriter and actor John C. Reilly. BMI greats Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne also performed at the nominee announcement event, which was held in Los Angeles. Jason Isbell and… Read more...


Justin Townes Earle Tops Americana Music Association Honors & Awards

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From News, posted 10.14.11 Justin Townes Earle’s haunting “Harlem River Blues” earned Song of the Year at the 12th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards, held Thursday, October 13 at the Ryman Auditorium. One of Nashville’s favorite nights of celebration and music each year, the ceremony featured live performances from an expertly curated… Read more...


BMI Cozies Up to SoundLand 2011

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From News, posted 9.27.11 BMI partnered with Billy Reid and Ground Control Touring to present a Southern-bred showcase on Friday, September 23 at the Cannery Ballroom during SoundLand 2011 in Nashville. Headliner Justin Townes Earle brought his provocative Tennessee-rambler songs; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit fired off their Muscle Shoals-steeped swamp rock; Houston… Read more...


Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis & Shelly Colvin Play SoundLand 2011

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From News, posted 9.12.11 BMI will partner with Billy Reid and Ground Control Touring to present a Southern-bred showcase on Friday, September 23 at the Cannery Ballroom (One Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203) during SoundLand 2011 in Nashville. Headliner Justin Townes Earle will bring his provocative Tennessee-rambler songs; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit… Read more...


Civil Wars, Justin Townes Earle Lead BMI Nods for Americana Music Association Honors

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From News, posted 5.24.11 The Americana Music Association announced nominees for the organization’s 2011 Honors & Awards ceremony on Monday, May 23 at the Gibson/Baldwin Showroom in New York City. Esteemed BMI singer/songwriter and past award-winner Rosanne Cash revealed the elite list, while the reception was buoyed by strong live performances by roots music… Read more...


Justin Townes Earle’s Dust Bowl Revival

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From MusicWorld, posted 12.25.09 Justin Townes Earle’s dad, Steve Earle, pushed the musical envelope in the mid-’80s by spiking his country with rock muscle. Now the younger Earle is doing it by unplugging and turning the clock back more than half a century, making honky-tonk, ragtime and blues seem like the most dynamic music… Read more...


Justin Townes Earle, John Fogerty Honored at Americana Music Association Ceremony

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From News, posted 9.24.09 Justin Townes Earle capped off his year with the Americana Music Association’s Best New & Emerging Artist of the Year honor at the organization’s 8th Annual Honors and Awards show, held Thursday, September 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. His win comes as no surprise: Earle’s sophomore release, Midnight… Read more...


Justin Townes Earle Leads BMI Nominees for 2009 AMA Honors and Awards

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From News, posted 5.21.09 Roots music enthusiasts, industry executives, and artists gathered on BMI’s Music Row rooftop Wednesday, May 20 as mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush and the Belleville Outfit’s Phoebe Hunt announced the nominees for the 2009 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards. Justin Townes Earle received three nods, including album of the year… Read more...


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