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Americana Awards 2015: Rolling Stone Country’s Best Backstage Photos

Shakey Graves, Nikki Lane, John Hiatt and the Mavericks are among the artists who posed for us before the show

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves poses in the Rolling Stone Country portrait studio at the Americana Honors and Awards.

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"This is just a continuous, massive, semi-religious experience for me," Alejandro Rose-Garcia — better known as Shakey Graves — told the audience at the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards gala Wednesday night, after winning the Association's Emerging Artist of the Year trophy. Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium was host to the show, which was indeed massive in its eclectic mix of artists who collectively define the Americana genre: American roots music that incorporates elements of country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues.

Graves was one of several of the night's performers, presenters and distinguished guests who stopped by Rolling Stone Country's makeshift portrait studio inside one of the Ryman's tiny dressing rooms. Other winners captured backstage by photographer Joseph Llanes included the Mavericks, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ricky Skaggs and Los Lobos, along with performers Nikki Lane, Jim Lauderdale, Doug Seegers and many more. Flip through Llanes' most captivating photos of the night.

Sam Outlaw

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Sam Outlaw

Los Angeles country singer Sam Outlaw poses with two of the Ryman Auditorium's most famous residents, the statue of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl.

Nikki Lane

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Nikki Lane

Nikki Lane sported traditional cowgirl garb for her sizzling performance of "Right Time" on the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards broadcast.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

After receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, East L.A. stalwarts Los Lobos validated their honor with a blistering show at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom.

Keb Mo

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Keb Mo

Following his tribute to B.B. King, Keb Mo performed "How Blue Can You Get" on the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards show.

Doug Seegers

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Doug Seegers

Seegers performed "Angie's Song" with a Buddy Miller-led backing band at the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards.

Leigh Nash

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Leigh Nash

Leigh Nash, singer for Sixpence None the Richer, releases her solo album The State I'm In this month.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie sang the poignant "Universal Soldier" after being honored with the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music award.

Esme Patterson

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Esme Patterson

Singer Esme Patterson joined Shakey Graves onstage during the Americana Awards to perform their song "Dearly Departed."

sean watkins

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Sara and Sean Watkins

The Watkins Family Hour have been on the road this summer, often teaming up with Fiona Apple.

Rihannon Giddens

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Rhiannon Giddens

Giddens proved her powerful pipes on "Waterboy" during her 2015 Americana Honors and Awards performance.

Shakey Graves

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Shakey Graves

Emerging Artist of the Year winner Shakey Graves was joined by Esme Patterson on "Dearly Departed" for his Americana Awards performance.

Ricky Skaggs

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Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White and Ry Cooder

Husband-wife duo Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White are currently on tour with fellow music legend Ry Cooder.

Jim Lauderdale

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Jim Lauderdale

The Americana icon performed "You Were Here" with the Buddy Miller-led house band at the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards ceremony.

Don Henley

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Don Henley

The rock icon, who will release a solo country album this fall, performed "Prayin' for the Rain" and received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lucinda Williams

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Lucinda Williams

The night's Album of the Year winner sang "East Side of Town" from her victorious Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone LP.

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