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September 11th, 2019

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September 11th, 2019

2019 Americana Music Awards Winners and Recap –

September 11th, 2019

2019 Americana Music Award Winners:

  • Instrumentalist of the Year – Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers)
  • Emerging Act of the Year – The War and Treaty
  • Song of the Year – “Summer’s End,” John Prine, (by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine)
  • Duo/Group of the Year – “I’m With Her”
  • Artist of the Year- Brandi Carlile
  • Album of the Year – The Tree of Forgiveness – John Prine
  • Lifetime President’s Award – Felice & Boudleaux Bryant
  • Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting – Elvis Costello
  • Lifetime Legacy of Americana Award – Rhiannon Giddens & Frank Johnson
  • Lifetime Achievement for Performance – Delbert McClinton
  • Lifetime Trailblazer Award- Maria Muldaur
  • Lifetime Inspiration Award – Mavis Staples
  • (see all nominees and winners below)

The 18th Annual Americana Music Awards transpired Wednesday night (9-11) at the Country Music Mother Church, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, with lots of love spread out among a diverse list of winners, but John Prine emerging as the biggest winner walking away with both Album of the Year for Tree of Forgiveness, and Song of the Year for “Summer’s End.” When he won for Song of the Year, Prine joked that he had the speech already written for when he lost at the Grammy Awards.

The show opened with the supergroup Our Native Daughters consisting of Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell opening the show, setting the stage for the underlying theme of the 2019 presentation: Diversity. With all four Artist of the Year nominees being women (Brandi Carlie, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves, and Mavis Staples), the Americana Music Awards offered a stark contrast to those award shows representing the artists of Music Row.

Hosted by the Milk Carton Kids for the second year, Jim Lauderdale came out during the opening monologue to do the ceremonial torch exchange as the award’s original and long time host. It was the moment some expected last year, but didn’t happen. Lauderdale gave the Milk Carton Kids Manuel Couture coats. Later the Milk Carton Kids told the best joke of the evening, saying they were forming a supergroup called “Hymen.” “It’s not just a band, it’s a movement,” they said.

Performers included Jade Bird, J.S. Ondara with Andrew Bird, Mumford & Sons singing around a single mic with the Mike Carton Kids, Erin Rae, Mark Erelli, Joe Henry with Rodney Crowell, The War and Treaty performing a capella, Ruston Kelly singing “Mockingbird,” Duo/Goup winner I’m With Her, and Lori McKenna performed the Saving Country Music 2018 Song of the Year “People Get Old.” The greatest performance of the night arguably went to Yola, who received a huge standing ovation for “Faraway Look.” The show ended with Mavis Staples leading a host of artists singing “I’ll Fly Away.”

Multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards were handed out as well. Fellow Texan Jack Ingram was an appropriate person to introduce and honor Delbert McClinton, who walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. McClinton told the story of seeing John F. Kennedy just an hour before he was assassinated, and how most all of the labeled he’d recorded for were now out of business. After the award, McClinton performed his signature song, “Two More Bottles of Wine.”

Rhiannon Giddens received the inaugural Legacy of Americana Award along with former slave and fellow musician, “Fiddler” Frank Johnson. Giddens was the one to both give and receive Frank Johnson’s award, not just for him, but for all of the “unnamed by musicians that are an inextricable part” of today’s music that never received their due in life. She then performed “Wayfaring Stranger” on banjo with Francesco Turrisi on accordion. She actually performed the song twice due to technical issues so the later broadcast would have a flawless version.

The Lifetime Presidents Award went to songwriters Felice & Boudleaux Bryant. Already Country Music Hall of Famers, they were honored for their incredible gifts to the American songbook, most notably through the Everly Brothers. Their children were in attendance to see the award. The Milk Carton Kids made for the perfect act to pay tribute to them with their ability to perform the close harmonies indicitive of the Everly Breothers.

The War and Treaty won Emerging Act of the Year, which they fittingly received on September 11th, 2019. Michael Trotter of the duo served two tours of duty in Iraq after 9/11, and still suffers from PTSD. His wife Tanya dedicated their win to every soldier, especially the ones who suffer from PTSD like her husband.

Presenters included Dan Auerbach introducing Yola, Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle, Bonnie Raitt who emerged from backstage to roaring applause to dole out the Lifetime Trailblazer Award to Maria Muldaur. Shawn Colvin and Ketch Secor, Brandi Carlile, Freedom Rider Ernest (Rip) Patton presenting the Lifetime Inspiration Award to Mavis Staples, and T Bone Burnett giving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting to Elvis Costello. “They discovered I was English and I’ll have to give it back,” Costello said in his acceptance speech.

The Americana Music Awards were streamed and broadcast live through multiple outlets. For those that missed it, the presentation will be rebroadcast in a more produced version on PBS at a future date.

Instrumentalist of the Year

  • Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers) – WINNER
  • Eamon McLoughlin
  • Chris Powell
  • Michael Rinne

Emerging Act of the Year

  • Jade Bird
  • J.S. Ondara
  • Erin Rae
  • The War and Treaty – WINNER
  • Yola

Song of the Year

  • “By Degrees,” Mark Erelli, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell and Josh Ritter, written by Mark Erelli
  • “Mockingbird,” Ruston Kelly, written by Ruston Kelly
  • “People Get Old,” Lori McKenna, written by Lori McKenna
  • “Summer’s End,” John Prine, written by Pat McLaughlin and John Prine

Duo/Group of the Year

  • I’m With Her – WINNER
  • Our Native Daughters
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The War and Treaty

Album of the Year

  • To the Sunset, Amanda Shires, produced by Dave Cobb
  • The Tree, Lori McKenna, produced by Dave Cobb
  • The Tree of Forgiveness, John Prine, produced by Dave Cobb – WINNER
  • Walk Through Fire, Yola, produced by Dan Auerbach
Big winner John Prine with “Summer’s End” co-songwriter Pat McLaughlin
Yola gave the performance of the night with “Faraway Look”
Artist of the Year Brandi Carlile performing “Evangeline” with a string section.
Duo/Group Winner I’m With Her
Rhiannon Giddens receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award


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September 11th, 2019

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September 11th, 2019

What wartime ‘munitionettes’ can teach us about burnout – BBC News

September 11th, 2019

The 2015 analysis of this data showed that as hours worked increased, output also increased, but only to a point. Output per hour peaked at about 40 hours of work per week and then fell.

Study author Dr John H Pencavel, a professor in the economics department at Stanford University, suggests there’s a sweet spot in the number of hours people work per week. “After a point (a point that probably varies across workers and across their tasks), one more hour of work delivers more output (or better performance) if the worker has already worked 30 hours a week than if the worker has already worked 40 hours a week,” he says via email.

Pencavel discusses the same munitions workers in his book Diminishing Returns at Work: The Consequences of Long Working Hours. There he explains that the workers typically put in more than 50 hours of work per week, and sometimes as many as 72. Pencavel’s number-crunching shows that the weeks when output was highest were not the same weeks when the hours were longest.

This means that, at a certain point, throwing more hours at the problem doesn’t help – and only runs up the operational costs.

Taking time off

It’s not just about working hours: days off are also important when it comes to productivity. Munitions workers often worked many days in a row without rest. Saturday work was still common then, and Sundays were reinstituted as workdays because of the war.

Occasionally, however, munitionettes got to take a Sunday off. The HMWC collected data covering both these conditions and realised that a work week without a day of rest doesn’t benefit anyone. Output does not increase, and workers are unhappy.


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September 11th, 2019

Is The RCMP Investigating Justin Trudeau’s Office Over SNC-Lavalin Affair? – HuffPost Canada

September 11th, 2019


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Jody Wilson-Raybould in Ottawa on Dec. 15, 2015.

OTTAWA — “Clearly the RCMP are taking this seriously enough to start investigating individuals in the Prime Minister’s Office.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was eager to talk about the latest development in the ongoing saga of SNC-Lavalin as he prepared to board his campaign plane Wednesday, an issue that threatens to haunt Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau ahead of the Oct. 21 election.

The Globe and Mail published a story late the night before the election was called, saying the RCMP has been looking into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin affair, and that the federal police force was not granted access to any more materials than ethics commissioner Mario Dion had received as he conducted his own examination.

Watch: A timeline of the SNC-Lavalin affair. Story continues below.

Dion’s report, released last month, concluded Trudeau had contravened the Conflict of Interest Act when he tried to pressure former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould into intervening to head off criminal proceedings on corruption charges against the Montreal engineering giant.

“Clearly the RCMP are taking this seriously enough to start investigating individuals in the Prime Minister’s Office,” Scheer said Wednesday.

Is the RCMP really investigating people in the PMO? During an election campaign?

The RCMP has never said it is investigating the Liberal government — or, as Scheer claimed, people in the PMO — in relation to the SNC-Lavalin affair.

No member of staff has been contacted and no materials have been requested.Joe Pickerill, Liberal Party campaign spokesman

The most the national police force said, when everyone was looking for a reaction to the report from the ethics commissioner, was that it was “examining this matter carefully with all available information″ and would follow up if need be.

Now that an election campaign is officially underway, the RCMP is saying even less.

“Unfortunately, we are not in a position to confirm anything in that regard at this time,” said Stephanie Dumoulin, a spokeswoman for the RCMP National Division, which deals with cases that are considered sensitive for political and other reasons.

It’s all semantics, really, but until the cops show up at your door, who knows what the hell is going on?Chris Mathers, security consultant and former RCMP officer

The Liberal campaign flatly denied anyone in the PMO has been called up by the RCMP.

“No member of staff has been contacted and no materials have been requested,” Joe Pickerill, a Liberal campaign spokesman, said in an email when asked to respond to the statement by Scheer. The response applies to both current and former staffers, he elaborated.

Later on Wednesday, the Liberal campaign added the RCMP has not contacted Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau or Justice Minister David Lametti, who succeeded Wilson-Raybould in a January cabinet shuffle.

Trudeau has defended himself by insisting he was acting in the best interests of Canadians.


Conservative leader Andrew Scheer wavs tot he crowd as he and his wife Jill board the campaign bus following a campaign rally in Trois-Rivieres, Que. on Sept. 11, 2019. 

The Conservative campaign, meanwhile, said Scheer was basing his statement on the information in the story.

“The story refers to ‘investigators,’” said spokesman Simon Jefferies.

“Investigators investigate things,” he said in an email. “The Trudeau Liberals are playing ridiculous word games.”

One of the problems is that “investigation” can mean different things to different people — even the police.

Natalie Wright, spokeswoman for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said there is no one standard across the country.

“Once the police receive an inquiry or a complaint, there may be a number of levels before it becomes an official investigation,” said Wright.

Chris Mathers, a former RCMP officer who is now a security consultant, said the police could be gathering evidence and reviewing public information before their work reaches the level of an official investigation, which he acknowledged can be a nebulous term.

“It’s all semantics, really, but until the cops show up at your door, who knows what the hell is going on?” he said.

No evidence of investigation

Semantics aside, there is no evidence to date the RCMP has begun investigating individuals in the PMO, which is what Scheer said was happening.

The only person to have gone on the record about having been contacted by the RCMP over how the Liberals handled SNC-Lavalin is Wilson-Raybould. She confirmed the RCMP contacted her about the issue in the spring.

Wilson-Raybould told the Globe and Mail Wednesday she had been interviewed by RCMP officers earlier this week and has had other telephone conversations with the police since Dion’s report came out.

The timing of the spring contact with the RCMP also suggests no official investigation was underway.

The Conflict of Interest Act requires the federal ethics commissioner to immediately suspend his own examination if he learns the police have launched an investigation into the same issue, or if related charges have been laid.

The ethics commissioner must allow that process to run its course before he can resume his own probe.

A whole lot of baloney?

That never happened, as Dion began his investigation the day after the Globe and Mail published its first story on the allegations and kept going until he published his report six months later.

It is clear that Scheer is trying to suggest that where there is smoke, there is fire.

Still, that does not mean it was accurate for him to say what he did with such certainty.

For those reasons, Scheer’s assertion that the RCMP has started investigating people in the PMO contains “a lot of baloney” — it is mostly inaccurate, but contains an element of truth.

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