Nominees for this year's Jammy Awards have been announced. Honoring artists who "live and thrive in the live music environment," the ceremony will grant Frank Zappa a lifetime achievement award. Past recipients have included Buddy Guy and Steve Winwood.
In addition to the achievement award, there are several other categories being contended for by some pretty solid bands---new and old alike:
Tour of the Year:
Allman Brothers Band/Moe.
Big Summer Classic
Benevento Russo Duo with Mike Gordon
Trio! (Bela Fleck, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty)
Live Album of the Year:
Gomez - Out West
Mars Volta - Scab Dates
Matisyahu - Live at Stubbs
New Monsoon - Live at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Widespread Panic - Live At Myrtle Beach
Wilco - Kicking Television
Studio Album of the Year:
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cold Roses
Benevento Russo Duo - Best Reason To Buy The Sun
Brothers Past - This Feeling's Called Goodbye
Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon - Sixty Six Steps
My Morning Jacket - Z
North Mississippi Allstars - Electric Blue Watermelon
For the rest of the awards categories click here.