Americana Music Assn. names lifetime honorees

Wanda The Nashville-based Americana Music Assn. has named some familiar faces as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

The 2010 crew includes the inimitable Wanda Jackson (pictured at right in all her ’50s glory), the groundbreaking female rockabilly and country singer, still going strong at 72; the pride of Indiana, John Mellencamp, heartland rocker and Farm Aid organizer; Luke Lewis, chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville and founder of the company’s Lost Highway imprint; super sideman Greg Leisz, the gifted Los Angeles pedal steel and six-string guitarist who has worked with Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Dave Alvin and many others; and producer Brian Ahern, who has helmed seminal releases by Emmylou Harris (his former missus), George Jones, Rodney Crowell and others.

The AMA will recognize the honorees on Sept. 9 at its Honors & Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Music City.

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