Since 2002, the Americana Honors & Awards have showcased the best and brightest in rootsy Americana music. The 2013 nominees have now been announced and, as usual, the list boasts a good mix of scrappy newcomers alongside the genre's most beloved legends. Case in point: Shovels & Rope lead the pack with four nominations, followed by Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller, with three each.
In keeping, this year's nominees reflect the diverse and artistic breadth of the genre, with other notable artists including Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, The Lumineers, JD McPherson, The Milk Carton Kids, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Richard Thompson and Dwight Yoakam. Winners will be announced live at the annual Americana Honors & Awards on September 18, from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Hit play to hear some of this year's nominees.