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Nashville, TN—Six years after winning the American Music Association (AMA) Award for Instrumentalist of the Year, Will Kimbrough has been nominated on the 2010 ballot for the same honor, along with Sam Bush, Buddy Miller and Dave Rawlings. The Awards ceremony, in its 9th year, will take place September 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The nomination for Kimbrough, announced today, confirms him once again as one of Nashville’s most sought after musicians. He has worked on stage and in studio with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, The Jayhawks, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Kim Richey, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, and many others.
Of course, this news follows the release of one of Kimbrough’s most critically acclaimed albums to date, Wings (February 23/Daphne Records). Wings continues to be a presence on the American Radio Charts, generating over 3000 spins to date, and has also racked up some fine reviews. “It Ain’t Cool,” a co-write from Wings with another Nashville standout, Todd Snider, was the NPR Song of the Day on May 3. Kimbrough also shares his talents while gaining new fans and connecting with them via his series of new video shorts, Will Kimbrough’s “Lick of the Day,” released every Wednesday on YouTube, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Kimbrough leaves for Europe next week for a debut DADDY tour, his band project with Tommy Womack. Kimbrough will tour some more in support of Wings in the U.S. later this summer (and will of course attend the Americana Music Conference in September). For more information on the AMA Conference, please visit www.americanamusic.org.