Allison Russell gained each artist of the yr and album of the yr on the 2022 Worldwide Folks Music Awards, which have been introduced Wednesday (Might 18), the opening evening of the thirty fourth annual Folk Alliance International Convention in Kansas Metropolis, Mo.
Russell took album of the yr for her first solo album, Outdoors Little one, which has been an awards magnet in current months. Final November, it was nominated for a Grammy for finest Americana album. On Saturday, it gained a Juno Award in Russell’s native Canada for modern roots album of the yr. On Monday, it grew to become an Americana Honors & Awards nominee for album of the yr.
Crys Matthews’ “Changemakers” garnered tune of the yr honors. Matthews carried out on the present, as did fellow nominees John Smith and Diana Jones. The present opened with a tune by gospel artist Isaac Cates & Ordained.
Accordionist Flaco Jiménez, the late songwriter and interpreter Nanci Griffith, and Denver-based people music heart Swallow Hill Music have been this yr’s recipients of the Elaine Weissman lifetime achievement awards. The awards are introduced annually to honor the cultural influence of legendary people music figures.
Jason Mraz, recognized for his consideration to conservation, human rights and LGBTQIA+ points, acquired The Folks’s Voice Award, which is introduced to a person who “unabashedly embraces social and political commentary of their inventive work and public careers.” Previous recipients embrace Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ani DiFranco and Bruce Cockburn.
On receiving the award, Mraz mentioned, “I used to be a little bit shy at first, considering I’m too younger for this award, that I haven’t accomplished or mentioned sufficient. Then I spotted these ideas and emotions by no means go away, that nagging thought that I haven’t accomplished sufficient. However it’s that nagging thought that’s a sign that we nonetheless have power to offer and need to and can.”
Mali Obomsawin, a Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist, member of the band Lula Wiles and journalist, acquired the Rising Tide Award. The award was launched in 2021 to rejoice a brand new technology (beneath age 30) artist who conjures up others by embodying the values and beliefs of the folks neighborhood.
The 2022 recipients of the Spirit of Folks Awards included musician, educator and documentary producer Eugene Rodriguez of Los Cenzontles; composer, producer, performing artist and Louisiana Pink Sizzling Information vice chairman and head of A&R Lilli Lewis; NPR Tiny Desk contest winner, musician and incapacity rights activist Gaelynn Lea; Canadian Stay Music Affiliation president & CEO Erin Benjamin; Bolivian-American multi-instrumentalist, composer and instrument maker Amado Espinoza; and Sound Diplomacy founder Shain Shapiro. These awards are introduced to honor individuals and organizations actively concerned within the promotion and preservation of people music.
Colorado-based Planet Bluegrass acquired the Clearwater Award, which is introduced to a competition that prioritizes environmental stewardship and demonstrates public management in sustainable occasion manufacturing.
Angela Web page and Dr. Johnathan Øverby have been inducted into the Folks DJ Corridor of Fame, which was established to acknowledge radio DJs who’ve made excellent contributions to the preservation, promotion and presentation of people music. Web page has hosted Folks Plus because the early Nineties on hydro-powered WJFF 90.5 FM Radio Catskill in Jeffersonville, N.Y. Dr. Øverby is a DJ and Wisconsin Public Radio host and a famous ethnomusicologist and scholar.
Folks Alliance Worldwide was based in 1989. Its greater than 3,000 members represent a worldwide neighborhood of artists, brokers, managers, labels, publicists, arts directors, venues, festivals and live performance sequence presenters.
Folks Alliance Worldwide produces the world’s largest convention for the folks music business, the Folks Alliance Worldwide Convention; the International Folk Music Awards; an artist-in-residence program; the Folks ExChange market improvement program; the Ethno USA gathering (on behalf of JM Worldwide); neighborhood outreach; and a Most interesting Folks live performance sequence.
Folks Alliance Worldwide defines people broadly as “the music of the individuals” (reflective of any neighborhood they’re from), and applications a various array of sub genres together with Appalachian, Americana, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, international roots, hip-hop, old-time, singer-songwriter, spoken phrase, conventional, zydeco, and numerous fusions.
Listed below are the winners in key classes:
Artist of the yr
The Longest Johns
WINNER: Allison Russell
John Francis Flynn
Album of the yr
They’re Calling Me Dwelling, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi
Cautious + Unusual, Amythyst Kiah
Un Canto por México, Vol. 2, Natalia Lafourcade
WINNER: Outdoors Little one, Allison Russell
The Fray, John Smith
Music of the yr
“On Strong Floor,” Reggie Harris
“Painted Blue,” Sarah Jarosz
“We Consider You,” Diana Jones
“Name Me A Idiot,” Valerie June
WINNER: “Changemakers,” Crys Matthews