Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier and Tift Merritt are the top nominees for the fourth annual Americana Honors & Awards, each receiving three nods from voting members of the Americana Music Association. Buddy Miller received two nominations.
Earle, Merritt and Miller are nominated for artist of the year along with John Prine.
Album of the year nominees are Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now” (E-Squared/Artemis), Gauthier’s “Mercy Now” (Lost Highway), Merritt’s “Tambourine” (Lost Highway) and Miller’s “Universal United House of Prayer” (New West).
In the song of the year category, the nominees are Earle’s “The Revolution Starts … Now,” Gauthier’s “Mercy Now,” Mark Heard’s “Worry Too Much” and Merritt’s “Good Hearted Man.”
Gauthier is also nominated in the new/emerging artist of the year category along with Hayes Carll, the Duhks, Tom Gilliam and Martha Wainwright. Instrumentalist of the year nominees are Alison Brown, Jerry Douglas, Sonny Landreth and Gurf Morlix.
The awards show will be held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 9 and broadcast live on both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio. A cable television deal is also in the works.