John Fogerty will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the Americana Music Association’s 8th Annual Honors and Awards Thursday, Sept. 17. Including his solo work and his time in the iconic band Creedence Clearwater Revival, Forgerty’s musical career extends over four decades and has distinctly shaped American roots music. The musical hybrid of rockabilly, R&B, and classic country that he forged in the 1960s was well ahead of its time, and gave rise to classic songs like “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop The Rain,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Looking Out My Back Door” and many more. Fogerty’s latest album, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, was released in August and features him taking on some of his favorite songs like John Prine’s “Paradise” and Buck Owens’ “I Don’t Care.” As the 2009 honoree, Fogerty joins a list that includes John Hiatt, Willie Nelson, Rodney Crowell, Guy Clark, Cowboy Jack Clement, John Prine and Billy Joe Shaver.
The Americana Honors & Awards will take place 7pm Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium. Jim Lauderdale returns as the show host and Buddy Miller will again lead the all-star house band. Fogerty is the latest artist confirmed to appear, and he joins an impressive guest list that includes Asleep at the Wheel, Jerry Douglas, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Raul Malo, The Belleville Outfit, Reckless Kelly, John Prine, Sara Borges & the Broken Singles, Sam Bush, Justin Townes Earle, The Flatlanders, The Gourds, and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. The Americana Festival and Conference runs Sept. 16-19 at the Nashville Convention Center.