Americana Music Association Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees

(L-R): Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall, and Bob Harris

The Americana Music Association will honor Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall, and Bob Harris with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Association’s Honors & Awards show Thurs., Oct. 13, 2011 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Lifetime Achievement for Songwriter—Songstress Lucinda Williams continues to make musical inroads as an artist, performer and celebrated tunesmith with her roots-grounded sound, influencing countless others along the way.

Lifetime Achievement for Performer—Living legend Gregg Allman has captivated audiences since his early days with The Allman Brothers Band, and continues to lead the charge of genre-melding Southern-bred rockers.

Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist—Dobro master Jerry Douglas is equally revered for his solo work, session playing, and as a longtime member of Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Lifetime Achievement for Executive (Jack Emerson Award)—Rick Hall fostered the seminal Muscle Shoals through his groundbreaking production work at FAME Studios, recording Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Etta James, The Osmonds, and Bobbie Gentry.

Trailblazer Award—Bob Harris is a celebrated radio host and journalist who advocates exceptional artistry via shows on the BBC and other outlets.

The Honors & Awards is the capstone event of the Americana Music Association’s Festival and Conference presented by Nissan, running October 12-15 in Nashville. Jim Lauderdale will again serve as master of ceremonies for the Honors & Awards, while Buddy Miller will lead an all-star house band. Among the other artists attending are Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Hayes Carll, The Civil Wars, Elizabeth Cook, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Secret Sisters, and more to be announced.

A limited number of awards show tickets, $35 and $65, are available through the Ryman Box Office or ryman.com.

Full Festival & Conference registration includes access to all panels and presentations, the revamped exhibit hall, invitations to all sanctioned parties, a ticket to the Honors and Awards Show, and priority admission to the evening performances. Registration is currently $350 for AMA members and $450 for non-members at americanamusic.org.

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