Rosanne Cash, Robert Ellis, Jason Isbell top Americana nominees

Jason Isbell, above, ties Rosanne Cash and Robert Ellis with three nominations apiece for the 2014 Americana Music Assn. Awards.
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Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell and Robert Ellis lead the nominations with three apiece for the 2014 Americana Music Assn. Awards, each collecting nods for artist, album and song of the year.

The three are joined by Rodney Crowell among artist of the year nominees, while Sarah Jarosz’s “Build Me Up From Bones” album is alongside Cash’s “The River and the Thread,” Isbell’s “Southeastern” and Ellis’ “The Lights From the Chemical Plant” for the top album honor.

Ellis’ song “Only Lies” vies with Isbell’s “Cover Me Up,” Cash’s “A Feather’s Not a Bird” and Patty Griffin’s “Ohio,” in the song of the year category.

Duo/group of the year nominees are the Avett Brothers, the Devil Makes Three, Hard Working Americans, Lake Street Drive and the Milk Carton Kids. Nominees for emerging act are Hurray for the Riff Raff, Parker Millsap, S. Paul & the Broken Bones, Strugill Simpson and Valerie June.


Rounding out the nominations are instrumentalist nods for Larry Campbell, Fats Kaplin, Buddy Miller and Bryan Sutton.

Miller will lead a house band also including Kaplin, Ry Cooder, Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer and the McRary Sisters at the awards ceremony, which is scheduled for Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. Highlights from the event will air in the fall on a date to be announced as part of “Austin City Limits” on “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014.”