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Allison Russell wins Americana Award for debut album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Russell gained album of the year for her debut solo document “Outside Child,” whereas bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings gained artist of the year on the Americana Honors and Awards.

Russell, whose starkly stunning album touches on abuse she suffered as a toddler and her survival, mentioned she heard widespread themes of neighborhood, household, unity and belonging in lots of the speeches on Wednesday evening through the award present in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I feel so honored to be part of this community, to be in a creative communion with my producer Dan Knobler,” she mentioned.

Allison Russell and Brandi Carlile carry out onstage for the twenty first Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
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In a tearful speech, she thanked her pals, household and fellow nominees and mentioned that after spending her early years in foster care, she discovered her household in music. “Music saved me, music saves me every day,” Russell mentioned.

Hosted by the duo The Milk Carton Kids, the annual awards present held on the Ryman Auditorium celebrated the oft-misunderstood style that mixes nation, gospel, rock, people, roots and blues. In addition to the winners, this year’s present gave out lifetime achievement awards to Don Williams, the light large of nation music, singer-actor Chris Isaak and pioneering duo the Indigo Girls.

Billy Strings was not capable of settle for in particular person, so the award for artist of the year was accepted by dobro and metal guitar participant Jerry Douglas. Sierra Ferrell gained for rising artist of the year.

Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett perform for the 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett carry out for the twenty first Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Six-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile gained track of the year for “Right On Time,” which she wrote along with her bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth and producer Dave Cobb.

“I really love the chill and challenge that I get every time I sing this song,” Carlile mentioned.

Multi-instrumentalist Larissa Maestro gained instrumentalist of the year and talked about different artists of colour who had been nominated in that class in earlier years and opened the door for her.

“I didn’t see people who looked like me for a lot of years,” she mentioned. “This is really really exciting.”

Husband and spouse duo War and Treaty, made up of Tanya and Michael Trotter, gained over the viewers with their soulful duet “That’s How Love is Made,” and later gained duo/group of the year.

“Our road has been long, it’s been hard, but it’s been worth it,” mentioned Tanya Trotter. “If you want to know what Americana music is, it’s the sound of family,” added Michael Trotter.

Russell, who’s from Montreal, teamed up with Carlile for a efficiency in English and French of her track “You’re Not Alone.”

Another lifetime honoree was Al Bell, a music govt, document promoter and label proprietor who helped flip Memphis label Stax Records right into a powerhouse, pushing the careers of artists like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Sisters. He wrote the hit “I’ll Take You There,” for the Staple Sisters and later went to work at Motown Records with Berry Gordy.

“I feel the spirit,” Bell advised the group. “I don’t have the words in my grasp to express how I feel right now and how Americana music is making me feel.”

He famous that widespread music has at all times been influenced by Black music, however he mentioned that streaming and new technology threatens to get rid of that music.

Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter of The War sing together at the 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter of The War sing collectively on the twenty first Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“We have to come together to save our authentic music and art that comes from our culture,” he mentioned.

Singer and actor Chris Isaak acquired a efficiency lifetime achievement award and was launched by nation singer and actor Lyle Lovett, who known as him “a remarkable artist and remarkable human being.”

“If you don’t have a great band, it’s no fun,” Isaak mentioned, who praised his band throughout his acceptance speech.

Lovett, who has been out on tour this year with Isaak, then launched right into a humorous love track for his tourmate as Isaak watched from facet stage.

Buddy Miller accepts an award for the 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards on September 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
Buddy Miller accepts an award for the twenty first Annual Americana Honors & Awards on September 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Folk duo Indigo Girls got the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award for their longtime advocacy for LGBTQ rights, girls’s well being, environmentalism and voting for their decades-long career.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers spoke of being influenced by different girls and activists in music, together with Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and mentioned that their work as outspoken advocates is simply as essential right now.

“It is going to take years to undo the racism and homophobia that is woven into the fabric of this country,” mentioned Ray.

Brandi Carlile smiles to the crowd at the 21st Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
Brandi Carlile smiles to the group on the twenty first Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 14, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Fairfield Four, a concord singing group that originated within the Twenties on the Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, was honored with the Legacy of Americana Award for preserving conventional Black a cappella gospel music. The Grammy successful gospel group is greatest identified for its efficiency within the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou” they usually carried out “Rock My Soul” through the awards present. Prior to their efficiency, the present held a second of silence for Dr. Paul T. Kwami, who was the longtime musical director of the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. Kwami died in Nashville on Saturday on the age of 70.

Gospel group The McCrary Sisters, who’re common backup singers for the Americana Honors and Awards present, additionally honored their sister, Deborah, who died in June, with a stirring efficiency of “Amazing Grace” that had the viewers within the Ryman Auditorium up on their ft. To shut out the present, the McCrary Sisters led the viewers in a toe-tapping model of “I’ll Take You There,” as award winners Russell and Ferrell danced and sang backup.

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