2011 Americana Lifetime Achievement Recipients Revealed
The Americana Music Association is gearing up for their annual conference and awards ceremony next month in Nashville, during which they'll add a quintet of names to those honored with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall and Bob Harris will be this year's recipients during the special Honors and Awards show, held October 13 at the Ryman Auditorium. Williams, who will also perform during the evening's festivities, is being honored for her accomplishments in songwriting. Allman will be recognized for his achievements as a performer, while Douglas is being acknowledged for his instrumental abilities. Hall, who is an award-winning producer known for helping create the distinctive Muscle Shoals musical sound, will receive the Association's Jack Emerson Award, and Harris, known for his legendary career as a journalist and BBC radio host, will receive the Trail Blazer Award.
The star-studded event already has a confirmed guest list that includes Jim Lauderdale (who will host), Justin Townes Earle, the Secret Sisters, Robert Plant and Band of Joy, Elizabeth Cook and several others.
The awards ceremony is part of the four-day Americana Music Festival and Conference, which is held in various venues around Music City. More than 100 performers will take the stage, including John Oates, Matraca Berg, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robinson, Connie Smith.
Robert Plant and Elizabeth Cook lead this year's list of nominees, with three nods each. Tickets for this year's Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Ceremony are on sale now and can be purchased here.