Thursday 20 September 2018

Country Billboard Chart News September 10, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News September 10, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (13 non-consecutive weeks) ** THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Luke Combs
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (41 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” Luke Bryan
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Love Wins” Carrie Underwood

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Eminem Earns Ninth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Kamikaze'
Eminem earned his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his surprise release Kamikaze made a debut at No.1. The set, which was released without warning on Aug. 31 via Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, earned 434,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 6, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 252,000 were in traditional album sales.
Kamikaze’s start of 434,000 units blows past the launch of Eminem’s last album, Revival, which entered at No. 1 with 267,000 units (197,000 in album sales) on the chart dated Jan. 3, 2018.
Of the 434,000 units, traditional album sales comprised 252,000, while TEA units equaled 14,000 and SEA units totaled 168,000.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) held at #1 (#15-14 Billboard 200; 4,613 sales; 66-week total 317,300) to lead for a 13th non-consecutive week.

Former 6-week non-consecutive week No.1 Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) held at No.2 (27-31 BB200; 5,028 sales; 21-week total 398,900).
Former No1 Dan + Shay with their self-titled album (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) rose 4-3 (#40-36 BB200; 1,696 sales; 11-week total 51,000).

Kane Brown with his 10 non-consecutive week No.1 SELF-TITLED rose 5-4 (#43-37 BB200; 2,742 sales; 92-week total 449,000).

Chris Stapleton with the 175-week TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) rose 6-5 (#45-41 BB200; 3,060 sales; 175-week total 2,348,300) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at No.17 (#137 non-mover BB200; 2,342 sales; 70-week total 433,200) and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 30-32 (2,215 sales; 39-week total 435,330).

Dierks Bentley with THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) rocked 21-6 (#185-50 BB200; 7,470 sales; 377% increase; 13-week total 148,770).

Brett Young with self- titled BRETT YOUNG (BMLG) held at No.7 (#53-56 BB200; 1,516 sales; 82-week total 231,700).
Former No.1 Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory/Big Machine Label Group) held at No.8 (#58-59 BB200; 1,000 sales; 52-week total 293,000).

In its third frame former No1 Cole Swindell with ALL OF IT (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) fell 3-9 (37-61 BB200; 4,960 sales; down 28%; 3-week total 50,900).

Outside the Top 10
Former No.1 Luke Bryan with WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY (Capitol Nashville | UMGN) fell 11-12 (#107-112 BB200; 2,007 sales; 39-week total 325,400).

Florida Georgia Line with their 4-track EP FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Big Machine Label Group, LLC | UK iTunes) fell 10-15 (#72-125 BB200). 

Former No.1 Keith Urban with GRAFFITI U (Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville) moved 26-16 (130 Re-Entry BB200; 4,059 sales)

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

The 37-track compilation Various - King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller (BMG | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.12 on Country Album Sales selling 2,300 copies
Released on Aug. 31 via BMG, it pays long overdue respects to one of American music’s premier entertainers and songwriters. The two-disc collection contains new renditions of Miller’s songs by Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Loretta Lynn, John Goodman and more than two dozen others, including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard on one track. Produced by Miller’s son, Dean Miller, and Colby Barnum Wright, ‘King of the Road’ offers a fresh look at the work of a creative giant who has been gone 26 years but whose genius continues to shape contemporary music in ways both overt and subtle.

‘King of the Road’ includes versions of Miller’s biggest ’60s hits, like “Chug-A-Lug” (Asleep at the Wheel ft. Huey Lewis) and “England Swings” (Lyle Lovett), and lesser-known treasures from a catalog full of gems. As with Miller’s own output, the album contains plenty of unexpected turns — country superstar Eric Church’s playful take on Robin Hood’s “Oo De Lally,” for instance, or Starr’s selection of “Hey, Would You Hold It Down?,” a song from Miller’s long-out-of-print 1979 ‘Making a Name for Myself’ album.

Sister Sadie with the 12-track Sister Sadie II (Pinecastle Records | Amazon UK - UK iTunes - made a debut at No.42.
"Sister Sadie is an inspiring musical collaboration bringing together some of the best women bluegrass music has ever claimed." - Alison Krauss

Year-To-Date Albums
10,712,000 (Physical sales 7,574,000 (down -16.4%) + Digital sales 3,149,000 (down -30.1%) which is 21% down at the same point in 2017 (13,562,000 sales) 

Year-To-Date Digital Tracks
35,412,000 down 27.0% at the same point in 2017 (48,498,000)

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be” (Warner Bros./ BMLG) paced Hot Country Songs for a record extending 41st week. The collaboration led Country Streaming Songs for a record-padding 37th frame (13 million U.S. streams, down 8 percent).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (41 weeks) ** “Meant To Be” Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line
** Airplay Gainer” No.12 “She Got The Best Of Me” Luke Combs  
** Digital Gainer ** No.20 “Speechless” Dan + Shay
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.30 “Love Wins” Carrie Underwood
** Streaming Gainer ** No.31 “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch  
Debut No.44 “Rumor” Lee Brice

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)

Luke Bryan became the ninth artist to have tallied at least 20 No.1s on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (out of nearly a thousand of artists who have appeared on the survey since its inception in January 1990) as “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” (Capitol Nashville) ascended 2-1 on the survey dated Sept. 15. The track reigned with a 6 percent gain to 44.3 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Sept. 9, according to Nielsen Music.

“I promise you there has never been, and will never be, a time when getting a song to the top of the charts gets old,” Bryan told Billboard. “I’m grateful for each one. ‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset’ is a perfect, reflective song about young summer love. I knew it was special the first time I heard it, and it’s so fun watching the fans react to it on tour.”
Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill wrote “Sunrise,” which Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens produced.
Kenny Chesney leads with 30 Country Airplay No.1s, followed by Tim McGraw (29), Alan Jackson and George Strait (26 each), Blake Shelton (25), Keith Urban (21), and Brooks & Dunn and Toby Keith (20 each).
“Sunrise” also is Bryan’s 13th Country Airplay leader in a row, extending the longest active streak among all artists (as a lead act and counting singles promoted to country radio and excluding holiday fare).
Since “Drink a Beer” led for two weeks beginning Feb. 15, 2014, none of Bryan’s lead singles have missed the pinnacle. (During that run, Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll,” featuring Bryan, peaked at No. 2 in May 2014.) Thomas Rhett owns the second-longest active No. 1s streak, with five.
“Sunrise” is the third single, and third Country Airplay No. 1, from Bryan’s album WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY, following “Light It Up,” which topped the Dec. 23, 2017-dated chart, and second single “Most People Are Good,” which led for three weeks beginning March 31. Bryan is the sixth artist with a pair of No.1s in 2018 (during which 25 songs have topped the chart), joining Aldean, Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Rhett and Brett Young.

Chris Young collected his 14th Country Airplay top 10 as “Hangin’ On” (RCA Nashville) rose 11-9. The song climbed with an 11 percent increased to 23.6 million in audience.
Young is seeking his fifth consecutive Country Airplay No. 1 (excluding a charted holiday track), following “Losing Sleep” (Feb. 10); “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill (March 18, 2017); “Think of You,” with Cassadee Pope (May 14, 2016); and “I’m Comin’ Over” (three weeks beginning Nov. 28, 2015).
All 13 of Young’s prior Country Airplay top 10s reached the top five, with nine hitting No. 1. He first ranked in the top tier with “Gettin’ You Home,” which led the Oct. 24, 2009-dated list.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week) *** “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” Luke Bryan 44.331 million audience (+2.334 million) / 8,157 radio plays (+416)
** Most Increased Audience ** No.4 “Hooked” Dylan Scott 3.013 million audience gain
** Most Added ** No.39 “Better Boat” Kenny Chesney feat. Mindy Smith 21 ADDS
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.56 “Feels Like A Party” LOCASH  
Debut No.59 “Rumor” Lee Brice

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of September 15, 2018)

Carrie Underwood with “Love Wins”, the newest taste of Underwood’s Cry Pretty album, due Sept. 14, bounded onto Hot Country Songs at No. 30. It launched as her seventh No.1 on Country Digital Song Sales (#16 New Entry Digital Songs), with 12,000 sold.
It was 15 places behind Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, which ranked at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for a fifth week, while ruling Radio Songs for a sixth frame (127.6 million, up 1 percent). It rebounded 3-1 for a sixth week atop Digital Song Sales (32,000 sales, up 15 percent), marking the band's longest-leading No.1.

Previous week No1 Florida Georgia Line with their new track “Sittin’ Pretty’ fell off the top 25 while FGL’s former No.1 (9th non-consecutive weeks atop the chart) “Simple” (BMLG) held at No.2 (#18 non-mover Digital Songs) as former 22 non-consecutive week No1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) fell 6-9 (#46-49 Digital Songs).

Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert with “Drowns The Whiskey” (Macon | Broken Bow) held at No.3 (#27-29 Digital Songs).
Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Tequila” (Warner Bros. | WAR) rose 5-4 (#38-32 Digital Songs) as their 11-week single “Speechless” advanced 16-10.
Brett Young with “Mercy” (BMLG) fell 4-5 (#32-38 Digital Songs).
Mitchell Tenpenny with “Drunk Me” pushed 7-6 (#49-45 Digital Songs).
Luke Combs with “She Got The Best Of Me” advanced 9-7 (#46 New Entry Digital Songs) as his single “Beautiful Crazy” fell 10-13.
Luke Bryan with “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” held at No.8 (#47 Re-Entry Digital Songs; 7,000 sales; down 3%).

Outside the Top 10
Kane Brown with “Lose It” climbed 15-11.
Eric Church with “Desperate Man” held at No.12 in his 8th frame.
Thomas Rhett with “Life Changes” fell 13-14 in his 16th frame.
Kenny Chesney with “Get Along” fell 11-15 in his 21st week.

Walker Hayes with his throwback track “90’s Country” entered Country Digital Song Sales at No.22 (4,000 sold). The tune’s lyrics playfully pay tribute to 1990s smashes by Garth Brooks, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood and others.

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

September 10, 2018

Congrats to Luke Bryan, Royce Risser, Bobby Young, David Friedman and the Capitol promotion staff on landing No.1 with “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” which moved 2-1.
 The song is the third consecutive chart-topper from WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY. Songwriters are Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill.

Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” (Capitol) moved 2-1 logging 8,954 radio spins (+537), 56.044 million audience impressions with 28979 Total Points from 158 tracking stations (158 ADDS) for the tracking week September 2 to September 8, 2018 and published chart September 10, 2018.

Kudos to Lee Adams and the Broken Bow crew for notching 39 adds on Jason Aldean’s Girl Like You”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
JASON ALDEAN/Girl Like You (Broken Bow)     39         39        
CODY JOHNSON/On My Way To You (CoJo/WMN)       28         57        
JON LANGSTON/When It Comes To Loving You (EMI Nashville) 23         26        
CHASE RICE/Eyes On You (Broken Bow)          17         73        
MICHAEL RAY/One That Got Away (Atlantic/WEA)         14         98        
SETH ENNIS f/LBT/Call Your Mama (Arista)       14         17        
RILEY GREEN/There Was This Girl (BMLGR)     13         124      
DIERKS BENTLEY f/BROS. OSBORNE/Burning Man (Capitol)    11         143      
KENNY CHESNEY f/M. SMITH/Better Boat (Blue Chair/Warner Bros./WEA)        11         93        
DAN + SHAY/Speechless (Warner Bros./WAR)   10         104      
LOCASH/Feels Like A Party (Wheelhouse)          10         53        
AUSTIN BURKE/Whole Lot In Love (Awal/in2une)           9          10        
KEITH URBAN/Never Comin Down (Capitol)       9          77        
D. BRADBERY & T. Rhett/Goodbye Summer (Valory/BMLGR)     5          71        
RUNAWAY JUNE/Buy My Own Drinks (Wheelhouse)      5          49        
TENILLE ARTS/I Hate This (Reviver)      3          21        
THOMAS RHETT/Sixteen (Valory)         2          7         
CHRIS LANE/I Don't Know About You (Big Loud) 1         1         
CHRIS STAPLETON/Tennessee Whiskey (Mercury)       1          14        
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Colorado (BMLGR)    1          3         
LUKE COMBS/Beautiful Crazy (River House/Columbia)   1          4         
LUKE COMBS/Houston, We Got A Problem (River House/Columbia)       1          1         
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 1          83        
RACHEL WAMMACK/Damage (RCA)     1          40

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly Issue 618 - September 10, 2018  - Magazine View

For the very latest up to the minute Mediabase Chart (Past 7 Days) go here -

Billboard Boxscores (Selective Country concerts)

Rank Artist: #1
Event Venue City/State: Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Charli XCX U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis
Dates: Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018 Gross Sales: $10,242,024 Attend: 98,774/ 98,774
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/2 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group

Rank Artist: #2
Event Venue City/State: Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Charli XCX Nissan Stadium Nashville
Dates: Aug. 25, 2018 Gross Sales: $9,007,179 Attend: 56,112/ 56,112
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $499.50, $49.50
Promoters: Messina Touring Group                         

Rank Artist: #9
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain Air Canada Centre Toronto
Dates: July 6-7, 2018 Gross Sales: $2,068,550 Attend: 28,360/ 29,233
Shows/ Sellouts: 2/1 ** (873 unsold tickets) Prices: $152.17, $45.62
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #16
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain Talking Stick Resort Arena Phoenix, Ariz.
Dates: July 30, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,177,835 Attend: 12,822/ 12,822
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $149.95, $29.95
Promoters: Live Nation 

Rank Artist: #17
Event Venue City/State: Shania Twain TD Garden Boston
Dates: July 11, 2018 Gross Sales: $1,169,606 Attend: 12,818/ 12,818
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $159.95, $39.95
Promoters: Live Nation
Rank Artist: #31
Event Venue City/State: Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini Bridgestone Arena Nashville
Dates: Aug. 24, 2018 Gross Sales: $959,181 Attend: 15,630/ 15,630
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $89.50, $35
Promoters: AEG                                                        

Rank Artist: #45
Event Venue City/State: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Russell Dickerson Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, N.H.
Dates: July 27, 2018 Gross Sales: $550,555 Attend: 7,588/ 7,558
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/1 ** SOLD OUT ** Prices: $100, $40
Promoters: Meadowbrook/Live Nation
Rank Artist: #50
Event Venue City/State: Sugarland Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, Conn.
Dates: Aug. 30, 2018 Gross Sales: $484,097 Attend: 6,034/ 6,508
Shows/ Sellouts: 1/0 (474 unsold tickets) Prices: $90.50, $70.50, $50.50
Promoters: in-house
Latest Billboard Boxscore Chart

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Singer-Songwriter Erin Enderlin releases new single “These Boots”


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 14, 2018)
Country singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin has released her latest single “These Boots.”
The single was premiered last week during Erin’s fourth appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. You can watch an acoustic performance of the song here:

The digital version of the single was premiered exclusively with Roughstock. “These Boots” can be streamed or downloaded here.

"I suppose all songs that you write have a piece of your heart in them, but ‘These Boots’ is extra special to me,” said Enderlin. “This last year has been a really pivotal year for me, a lot of milestones, and through it all I wore this one pair of boots. It hit me how they were a witness to it all and literally going step for step with me. ‘These Boots’ encompasses all of that journey and those feelings. I'm really proud to share it with everyone." 

Erin Enderlin pictured with WSM-AM's Bill Cody

“These Boots” was added to WSM’s Route 650 show and Erin appeared on WSM Nashville Today (Sept 15 at 5 p.m.)
You can listen to WSM’s live broadcast here.
You can find “These Boots” along with Erin’s other music on Apple MusicSpotify, and Amazon Music.

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Erin Enderlin Tour Dates
Sept. 15 - Nashville, Tenn. - Bluebird Café (Americana Fest)
Sept. 20 - Little Rock, Ark. - Presbyterian Village
Sept. 28 - Leipers Fork, Tenn. - The Leipers Fork Distillery (The Still House Sessions)
Oct. 1 - Nashville, Tenn. - 3rd & Lindsley (Big Stage Nashville)
Oct. 10 - Franklin, Tenn. - Jamison Theater in The Factory (The Huff Project Benefit)
Oct. 13 - Nashville, Tenn. - Country Music Hall of Fame
Oct. 27 - Nashville, Tenn. - 3rd & Lindsley (Backstage Nashville)
Nov. 5 - Nashville, Tenn. - Winners (Whiskey Jam)
Nov. 14 - Nashville, Tenn. - Tin Roof Nashville (615 Spotlight)

About Erin Enderlin
When Erin Enderlin writes a song, more is born than melody and rhyme. Women and men leap from her music, as fully formed and real as we are, all blood and sweat, living, loving, killing, and dying. Produced by Jamey Johnson and featuring Chris Stapleton, Ricky Skaggs, Jon Randall, and more, Enderlin’s highly-anticipated sophomore album Whiskeytown Crier puts all the sad souls she’s become known for singing and writing about in the same tiny, fictional city. The result is unprecedented: a concept album devoted to women’s experiences in small town, America. An in-demand songwriter, she penned Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church,” Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” and others for Luke Bryan, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Joey + Rory, and many more.  She was named to CMT's Next Women of Country class of 2018, and her critically acclaimed 2011 solo debut and 2017’s Whiskeytown Crier have positioned her as one of county music’s brightest torch bearers. Visit for more.

Monday 17 September 2018

17th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards! 
See below for the complete list of winners and honorees for this evening's Honors & Awards show. 

Album of the Year: “The Nashville Sound,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, produced by Dave Cobb
Artist of the Year: John Prine
Song of the Year: “If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, written by Jason Isbell
Duo/Group of the Year: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Emerging Artist of the Year: Tyler Childers
Instrumentalist of the Year: Molly Tuttle
“Spirit of Americana” Free Speech Award, presented in partnership with the First Amendment Center: Rosanne Cash
Americana Trailblazer Award: k.d. lang
Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist: Buddy Guy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance: Irma Thomas
Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Cris Williamson and Judy Dlugacz of Olivia Records

                                       Photo: Getty Images for the Americana Music Association®

How can I watch this year's show?
CMT is set to broadcast a special featuring performance highlights on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 PM CST; followed by a special broadcast of the television series Austin City Limits on PBS in February 2019. 

Compass Records congratulates Molly Tuttle for winning the “Instrumentalist of the Year” Award at the 2018 Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.  Renowned for her virtuosic flatpicking and clawhammer guitar playing, the 25-year-old has already made musical history as the first woman ever to win the International Bluegrass Music Association's “Guitar Player of the Year” award following the release of her debut EP, RISE. She also won Song of the Year at the 2018 International Folk Music Awards show at Folk Alliance for “You Didn’t Call My Name” which is also featured on RISE.

A full list of categories, winners and nominees for the Americana Music Association’s® 17th annual Honors & Awards is below: 

Album of the Year: 
ALL AMERICAN MADE, Margo Price, Produced by Jeremy Ivey, Alex Munoz, Margo Price and Matt Ross-Spang 
BY THE WAY, I FORGIVE YOU, Brandi Carlile, Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings 
THE NASHVILLE SOUND, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb 
RIFLES & ROSARY BEADS, Mary Gauthier, Produced by Neilson Hubbard 

Artist of the Year:
Brandi Carlile 
Jason Isbell 
Margo Price 
John Prine 

Duo/Group of the Year: 
I’m With Her 
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit 
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real 
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats 

Emerging Act of the Year: 
Courtney Marie Andrews 
Tyler Childers 
Anderson East 
Lilly Hiatt 

Song of the Year: 
A Little Pain,” Margo Price, Written by Margo Price 
All The Trouble,” Lee Ann Womack, Written by Waylon Payne, Lee Ann Womack and Adam 
If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell 
The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Written by Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth 

Instrumentalist of the Year: 
Daniel Donato 
Brittany Haas 
Jerry Pentecost 
Molly Tuttle 

Lifetime Achievement for Performance, Irma Thomas!
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The 19th annual AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11-16, 2018. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium. For information on how to purchase a conference registration, please visit

About the Americana Music Association®:
The Americana Music Association® is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including AMERICANAFEST®: The Americana Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. The Americana Music Association® receives enormous support from the Tennessee Department of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Lagunitas Brewing Company, RAM, Mountain Valley Water, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC.