Lauderdale and Miller To Helm Americana Awards

2873_3d8728729f03e50b63b4e37ccefc736aThe Americana Music Association has announced that Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller will return to helm the 2009 Americana Honors & Awards Show, scheduled for Thursday, September 17 at the Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Singer/songwriter Lauderdale will host and guitarist Miller will lead the house band for the 8th annual Honors & Awards ceremony, which celebrates winners in six member-voted “best of the year” categories and bestows Lifetime Achievement Awards on several honored guests. In the last five months, The Americana Music Association has presented several cool performances including a series of shows at the Bluebird Cafe featuring A-list Americana artists including Sam Bush, Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Darrell Scott, Hal Ketchum, and the reunion of Foster and Lloyd. Unannounced special guests at those shows included the likes of JD Souther, Mary Gauthier and John Cowan. Also notable was the first recognized Americana album, Raising Sand, by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, sweeping this year’s Grammy awards show.

The list of 2009 nominees will be announced May 20 at a Membership gathering at BMI in Nashville, TN.

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