For those of us not lucky enough to attend the 2016 Americana Music Awards, the Americana Music Association and Austin City Limits just opened a goldmine.
The 2016 Americana Music Awards were recorded live Sept. 21 at the Ryman Auditorium during Nashville’s week-long Americana Music Festival. Austin City Limits will air select performances from the program on its Nov. 19 broadcast. While you’ll have to wait until Saturday to see the dozen plus performances, Austin City Limits has already started sharing some of the highlights.
Among those highlights is Jason Isbell’s “It it Takes a Lifetime,” which won Song of the Year at the awards show. The song, featured on Isbell’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Something More Than Free, is an ode to recovery and the strength it takes to rebuild a life.
Isbell gave credit to his wife, singer songwriter Amanda Shires, for helping him edit out some initial “bad lines.” It’s hard to imagine Isbell writing a bad line. But the king and queen of Americana make an incomparable duo onstage.
See Isbell and Shires perform “If it Takes a Lifetime” below:
Other performances on the broadcast include George Strait and Jim Lauderdale’s collaboration on the Lauderdale-penned “King of Broken Hearts” and Steve Earle’s cover of the late Guy Clark’s “Desperados Waiting For a Train.”