Americana Music Association Nominates Robert Ellis As Emerging Artist of the Year

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Houston's own globe-trekking Robert Ellis received an Emerging Artist of the Year nomination from the Americana Music Association Thursday afternoon. The ceremony was officiated by actor and musician John C. Reilly and featured performances by Ellis and a few other big names like Lucinda Williams and Shelby Lynne.

In the new artist field with Ellis are Dawes, Alabama Shakes and Deep Dark Woods. Other Texas nominees include Hayes Carll for Artist of the Year. Steve Earle's "Waiting on the Sky to Fall" was nominated for Song of the Year.

Ellis has a busy itinerary for the rest of 2012, including Free Press Summer Fest Sunday, and playing the Bonnaroo Music Festival next weekend. On June 24 he plays Central Park supporting Alabama Shakes and Diamond Rugs, before opening a few dates with Lucero again.

The biggest news is a July 15 Hyde Park opening slot for Paul Simon in London, where Simon will be presenting his 1986 album Graceland in its entirety. Fans of Ellis will know that he is a huge Simon devotee.

The Americana Honors & Awards will be at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 12, as part of the Americana Music Festival that takes place at clubs all around Music City.

Here is the full list of the AMA nominees:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Here We Rest, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Steve Earle
The Harrow & the Harvest, Gillian Welch
This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark, Various Artists


ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Gillian Welch
Hayes Carll
Jason Isbell
Justin Townes Earle


EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Alabama Shakes
Dawes
Deep Dark Woods
Robert Ellis


SONG OF THE YEAR

"Alabama Pines," Written by Jason Isbell and performed by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
"Come Around," Written and performed by Sarah Jarosz
"I Love," Written by Tom T. Hall and performed by Patty Griffin
"Waiting on the Sky to Fall," Written and performed by Steve Earle


INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR

Buddy Miller
Chris Thile
Darrell Scott
Dave Rawlings


DUO / GROUP OF THE YEAR

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Civil Wars
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Punch Brothers


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1 comments
Jason Smith
Jason Smith

This is the first I've heard that Robert Ellis is opening for Paul Simon.  That brings a tear to my eye.  So proud of this man!

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