2016 Americana Awards To Air On PBS November 19

Broadcast will feature performances from Jason Isbell, Alison Krauss, George Strait, Steve Earle, Bob Weir and others

Americana Music Awards 2016
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The 2016 Americana Honors & Awards will air on PBS November 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

The star-studded show, which was held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 21, features performances and collaborations from some of the finest in American roots music.

Jason Isbell, who took home the show’s Album and Song of the Year honors, performs the Something More Than Free cut “If It Takes A Lifetime” alongside his wife Amanda Shires and the 400 Unit. Duo/Group of the Year winners Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform “Bring It On Home to Memphis” from The Traveling Kind, and Emerging Artist Award-winner Margo Price performs “Tennessee Song” from her acclaimed debut Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.

The night was also filled with tributes to some of the genre’s late icons. Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir, who was the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree for Performance, covered Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried,” with Steve Earle and Alison Krauss following with tributes to Guy Clark and Ralph Stanley, respectively.

Additionally, the night featured performances from Americana and country A-listers including George Strait, Bonnie Raitt and Dwight Yoakam. Younger artists such as the Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Parker Millsap also performed.

The evening, which was hosted by Jim Lauderdale, featured a house band led by Buddy Miller that included producer Dave Cobb, Stuart Duncan, Fred Eltringham, Steve Fishell, Matt Rollings, Chris Wood and gospel quartet the McCrary Sisters.

The special, which will air as a tie-in to the Austin City Limits program, is billed as ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 and will be available online for a limited time afterwards.

For our coverage of the 2016 Americana Honors & Awards, click here.