Billy Strings Wins Americana Music Association’s “Artist of the Year” Award
Needless to say, Michigan artists were well represented when the material was handed out last week at the prestigious Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville.
Guitarist Billy Strings took home ‘Artist of the Year’ – passing big stars Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Allison Russell and Yola – while Michael and Tanya Trotter of The War and Treaty were named ‘Duo/Band the year”. “
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Ionia County native William Apostol, aka Billy Strings, cut his teeth in northern Michigan eight years ago with Traverse City mandolinist Don Julin. But he’s since risen to fame, topping the national bluegrass charts with his studio albums, selling out shows across the country and winning prestigious awards.
The 29-year-old phenom took home the top honors of the night at the Americana Music Association awards ceremony.
“I just want to say thank you so much to these people and everyone who voted for us,” the musician wrote on Facebook after the show, while on tour with Willie Nelson and his band. “I don’t do this for the awards, but it’s nice to be recognized by your peers sometimes.”
The guitarist, who moved from Michigan to Nashville several years ago, said he was just honored to be mentioned in “the same breath” as “all these amazing musicians we call our community”. … It’s an honor to be part of this community and I’m just gonna keep my head down and keep playing.
The latest award comes after the guitarist won his first Grammy Award for ‘Best Bluegrass Album of the Year’ in 2021 and snagged honors as ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Guitar Player of the Year’. year” of the International Bluegrass Music Association.
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But they weren’t the only Michigan-born band to win a major award from the Americana Music Association. Albion duo The War and Treaty were named “Duo/Group of the Year”, winning nominees Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Los Lobos, The Mavericks and Big Thief.
“We were honored and touched to accept the Duo of the Year award,” Michael and Tanya Trotter posted on Facebook afterwards. “We will never forget that.”
The duo, winners of the Emerging Artist Award a few years ago, also earned a standing ovation from the audience at the awards ceremony for their performance of their song, “That’s How Love IsMade”.