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 collection of BMI legends and new voices, including Earle, Candi Staton, the Civil Wars, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Amos Lee, the Secret Sisters, and more.
Lucinda Williams received the organization’s lifetime achievement award in the elite songwriter category. Dobro master Jerry Douglas was a lifetime achievement honoree in the instrumentalist field, while the incomparable Gregg Allman accepted the lifetime achievement honor in the performer category.
“I was born in this town,” Allman told a rapt audience. “It’s good to be back.”
For more about the Americana Music Association Honors & Awards and the organization, visit americanamusic.org.