Downtown Writers Up for Seven Americana Awards

John Prine, The War and Treaty, Yola, and Erin Rae have received multiple nominations at the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards — including two for Album of the Year and three for best Emerging Artist.

Prine is up for two awards: Album of the Year, for his acclaimed LP The Tree of Forgiveness, and Song of the Year — for its moving single, "Summer's End." The Americana legend received Artist of the Year at the last two ceremonies and was recently named to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this June.

Husband and wife duo The War and Treaty are nominated for Duo/Group of the Year, as well as Emerging Artist of the Year. Their album Healing Tide was released in August to critical acclaim.

Bristol, England's self-described "Queen of Country Soul,” Yola has made a significant mark on the music industry with her Dan Auerbach-produced LP, Walk Through Fire — up for Album of the Year. She has received a nomination for Emerging Artist as well.

Also nominated for Emerging Artist at this year's ceremony is Nashville's own hometown hero Erin Rae.

Downtown writers have taken home the Album of the Year award for the past three years, with The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit winning in 2018 and Isbell's solo album Something More Than Free two years prior — as well as Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth in 2017.

We congratulate all of the nominees and wish them good luck at the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards, taking place in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on September 11 — part of the Americana Music Association's annual music festival and conference, AmericanaFest.