Singer Jason Isbell was the toast of the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (17Sep14), walking away with a trio of top prizes. Isbell took home the honours for Song of the Year for Cover Me Up, Album of the Year for Southeastern and Artist of the Year.
The Milk Carton Kids were named Duo or Group of the Year, while Sturgill Simpson was unveiled as Emerging Artist of the Year and Buddy Miller earned the Instrumentalist of the Year title.
Meanwhile, lifetime achievement accolades were presented to Loretta Lynn (Songwriting), Flaco Jimenez (Instrumentalist) and Taj Mahal (Performance), the President's Award went to Jimmie Rodgers and Jackson Browne received the Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music honour.
The ceremony also featured a surprise performance from former couple Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, who reunited for a rendition of their 2013 collaboration Ohio. The pair split last year (13).
Johnny Cash's I Walk The Line has topped a new Rolling Stone magazine poll of the Greatest Country Songs of All Time. The 1956 tune tops Patsy Cline's 1961 classic Crazy and Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.
George Jones' He Stopped Loving Her Today and Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) by Jimmie Rodgers round out the top five.
Meanwhile, the modern country stars are represented by Taylor Swift, who just makes the top 25 at 24 with Mean.
The top 10 is:
1. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
2. Crazy by Patsy Cline
3. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
4. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
5. Blue Yodel No. 9 (Standin' on the Corner) by Jimmie Rodgers
6. Stand by Your Man by Tammy Wynette
7. You Don't Know Me by Ray Charles
8. Mama Tried by Merle Haggard
9. Jolene by Dolly Parton
10. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings.