Who Will Win the Americana Grammy (plus a Paul Kelly give-away!)

With the Grammy Awards scheduled to take place on Sunday 10 February, this seems a good time to see who the Twangville community would like to see win the Americana Award. To sweeten the pot, everyone who comments will be eligible to win a special prize package.

So who do you think should win? Post a comment with the nominee that you think deserves the honor and you could win a special prize package (see details below).

The nominees are:

  • The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers
  • From The Ground Up, John Fullbright
  • The Lumineers, The Lumineers
  • Babel, Mumford & Sons
  • Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Paul KellyLongtime Twangville readers will know that I am a big fan of Paul Kelly (see exhibits A and B). Over a nearly 40 year career, Kelly has amassed an impressive discography. Regardless of the genre that he tackles – from rock to folk and from pop to bluegrass – Kelly is a master craftsman who fills his songs with memorable melodies and insightful lyrics.

Why am I sharing this with you? Two reasons. First, Kelly gets my write-in vote for the sheer caliber of his catalog.

Second, to celebrate Kelly’s latest release, we’re giving away a special nine, yes 9, cd prize package. The collection includes Kelly’s lastest stand-out, Spring and Fall, plus other releases from throughout his career.

Whether you’re new to Kelly and looking to explore his impressive catalog or a long-time fan looking to round out your collection, this will be one to enjoy.

To be eligible for this give-away, post a comment with the nominee that you think deserves the 2013 Americana Grammy Award (selected from the list above). A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Saturday, 9 February 2013 at midnight ET.**


**By participating in Twangville contests you agree to allow Twangville to post the winner’s name and city on our web site. We pass along the winning addresses to the record company or appropriate party for fulfillment. Twangville will not use your address for any other reason. Contest open to US and Canadian residents.

Paul Kelly photo credit: Leon Morris.


About the author:  Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.


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  • dalern63

    The Lumineers, The Lumineers

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.polus Dave Polus

    Great question! These are all strong entries, though I had to purchase John Fullbright today just to give him a fair chance (I’d purchased all the other ones previously).

    My gut told me The Avett Brothers deserve it, and today my ears confirmed it. The Carpenter wins…

  • Charlie Conner

    My guess is Mumford & Sons, but don’t count out Bonnie Raitt. Remember who is voting here…unfortunately the majority of voters only recognize big names (remember Jethro Tull’s win in the Metal category?)

  • Arlene

    My choice would be John Fullbright but I’d be somewhat surprised if it didn’t go to Bonnie Raitt (voters love her) or Mumford & Sons (voters often seem to be influenced by sales).

  • Lua

    I think it’s a great group of nominees – but my top favorite is John Fullbright!! His album is addictive, so full of great music and lyrics. I think all these are pretty fine choices, though, so I won’t be unhappy with whoever is picked.

  • Green Corn Revival

    John Fullbright, hands down. #okiesunited

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.ripple Jack Ripple

    The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers.. I would flip to have this awesome Paul Kelly collection!!

  • baker_at_large

    It’s a toss up between Fullbright and the Lumineers. I wouldn’t count out Bonnie…since the Grammy Academy loves her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffery-Baker/100000216365584 Jeffery Baker

    I’d vote for John Fulbright and Paul Kelly.

  • http://twitter.com/ptchurch Peter Church

    Bonnie Raitt. Slipstream.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.shine.1 Kathleen Shine

    The Lumineers, The Lumineers

  • Melissa Hunsicker

    Who should? Fullbright or the Avetts (yay!). Who will? Mumford or Lumineers (yawn).

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.larsen.9 Darren Larsen

    I’d have to go with The Avett Brothers but share the concerns the voters will pick Bonnie Raitt simply by knowing her name better.

  • Lecie51

    If he never wrote another song, John Fullbright should win for “Gawd Above.”

  • Tom Osborne

    Twangville congratulates Charlie Conner of Broken Arrow, OK, the winner of the Paul Kelly prize package. Thanks to the generosity of our friends at 1888 Media, two runners-up — Lua Wells of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Peter Church of West Simsbury, CT — will be receiving a special sampler from Kelly’s A-Z Recordings.