Oh, what a night!

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 19 2015

Category: Uncategorized


I have to admit it, I have, and have had for years, a musical crush on Lucinda Williams.  This woman ROCKS!  I can’t say she’s blessed with the purest of singing voices, but she’s a brilliant lyricist.  Her music has a soul, is full of meaning, and elicits emotion from its listener.  Wednesday night, at the Americana Music and Awards Show, in Nashville at the famed Ryman Auditorium, her latest effort was rewarded with the Album of the Year Award.  “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” is terrific, to be sure, but it was a bit of a surprise that she won.  Actually, the bigger surprise was who didn’t win…anything!

I felt like Jason Isbell being shut out, and leaving empty handed, was the biggest surprise of the night.  His latest album, “Something More Than Free” was widely considered the record to beat, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see it garner some talk of a Grammy nomination.  Isbell has been in the biz for years, most notably as a former member of The Drive-By Truckers.  But this album is taking his solo career to new heights, and its well-deserved attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Lucinda, and this new album of hers is a terrific, but Jason Isbell leaving these awards with zilch is a real shock.

Here’s a run down of some of the winners from this past Wednesday:

Album of the Year: “Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone” – Lucinda Williams

Artist of the Year: Sturgill Simpson

Song of the Year: “Turtles All The Way Down” – Sturgill Simpson

Emerging Artist of the Year: Shakey Graves

Duo/Group of the Year: The Mavericks

Presidents Award: B.B. King (posthumously)

Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Don Henley

Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Ricky Skaggs

Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Los Lobos

In addition to the awards handed out, and various performances by those artists, I read that Keb’ Mo’ played on stage with “Lucille” propped next to him in honor of B.B. King’s award.  Love me some Keb’ Mo’ too now that I mention him. Wow!  What a line-up that was!  I believe an edited version of the awards show will air on Austin City Limits (PBS) later this year.  Set the DVR!!!

In honor of these awards, and the lack thereof for Mr. Isbell, my songs of he day are:

“Protection” by Lucinda Williams

“Turtles All The Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson

“How Blue Can You Get” by B.B. King

“More Than One Way Home” by Keb’ Mo’

“Saint Behind The Glass” by Los Lobos

“Tear My Steel House Down” by Gillian Welch

“All Night Long”  by The Mavericks

“Highway 40 Blues” by Ricky Skaggs

“24 Frames” by Jason Isbell

“The Life You Chose” by Jason Isbell

3 comments on “Oh, what a night!”

  1. Just went to utube and checked her out….wow she’s all over the place with her looks….the video I was watching “protection” she looks nothing like the hot bombshell in the car…but I really like her voice….some of her old stuff she reminds me of Joan Baez….but the closer to 2015 she changes….I like her thanks never heard of her before this…..

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