John Prine and The War and Treaty both won big at the 2019 Americana Honors & Awards at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on September 11 — part of the Americana Music Association's annual music festival and conference, AmericanaFest.
Prine was 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." He took home both, making him the fourth Downtown writer in a row to receive the prior — with The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit winning in 2018 and Isbell's solo album Something More Than Free in 2016, followed by Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to Earth in 2017. Prine also received Artist of the Year at the last two ceremonies and was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
With their critically acclaimed album Healing Tide released last summer, husband and wife duo The War and Treaty were nominated for Duo/Group of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year — winning the latter. They also performed a "mesmerizing" a cappella rendition of their song "Love Like There's No Tomorrow."
Nashville's own Erin Rae and the U.K.'s "Queen of Country Soul” Yola received Emerging Artist of the Year nominations as well — as did Yola's 2019 Dan Auerbach-produced LP, Walk Through Fire, for Album of the Year.
Congrats to all of this year's winners and nominees from your friends at Downtown.