Bruce Warren

Bruce Warren is assistant general manager for programming of WXPN in Philadelphia. Besides serving as executive producer of World Café, Warren also contributes to Paste magazine and writes for two blogs: Some Velvet Blog and WXPN's All About The Music Blog.

Since 2002, the Americana Music Association has held its annual Americana Honors & Awards show, which celebrates the music and musicians whose work is heard in various roots-music styles, including roots-rock, country, folk, bluegrass, alt-country, blues and R&B. Over the years, the ceremony has become a singular event in the genre, with honors given to the new — Sturgill Simpson, Alabama Shakes, Shovels & Rope — as well as to legends such as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Ry Cooder, Loretta Lynn and John Prine.

In 2014, after years as a chart-topping country star, Lee Ann Womack released The Way I'm Livin' on an independent label. Having parted ways with MCA Nashville in 2012, Womack's move to Sugar Hill Records signaled a musical transition. Critically hailed as one of her best albums, it reflected a more rootsy and traditionalist approach to music-making, and sounded more like new-school Americana than old-school Nashville country.

"Will The Wolf Survive" has been one of Los Lobos' most enduring and beloved songs since its release on the band's 1984 album, How Will The Wolf Survive? Produced by T-Bone Burnett and Steve Berlin, it was a pivotal release for Los Lobos. Not only did it showcase each member's excellent musicianship and ability to incorporate various genres — including R&B, rock, blues and traditional Mexican music — but it also established them as songwriters who boldly take on topics like immigration.

At the 2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards, held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in September, singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams received the Album Of The Year award for Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone. After introducing Williams as "our dear, dear friend," Jim Lauderdale brought her out to perform "East Side Of Town" from that album.

In 2014, Rhiannon Giddens, the fiddler and frontwoman for the Carolina Chocolate Drops, collaborated with Elvis Costello, Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons as part of producer T-Bone Burnett's The New Basement Tapes project. This year, she released her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on which she puts her own breathtaking mark on songs by Patsy Cline, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone and others.

Singer-songwriter Shakey Graves walked away with the Emerging Artist Of The Year Award at the 2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in September. The Austin musician, a handful of records into his career, released And The War Came in October 2014.

At the 2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony, held in September at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch received the Songwriting Lifetime Achievement Award. As recent guests on World Cafe, Rawlings and Welch huddled around one microphone to perform songs from Nashville Obsolete, the new album by Dave Rawlings Machine.

When Jim Lauderdale introduced The Mavericks' performance at the Americana Music Association's 2015 Honors & Awards show, he described the band as "challenging musical boundaries ever since they first came together in Miami in 1989."

A frequent winner at the Americana Music Association's Honors & Awards ceremonies, singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Buddy Miller led this year's awards-show house band. His supporting players included Chad Cromwell, Fats Kaplin, Dominic Davis, Ian Fitchuk, Don Was, the McCrary Sisters and Little Feat founding member Bill Payne.

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