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Buddy, Julie Miller win big at Americana awards

Thursday, September 17, 2009 – It was a big night for Buddy and Julie Miller at the Americana Music Association annual awards show Thursday in Nashville, winning four awards. Miller won the final award of the evening - Artist of the Year. The couple took home album of the year for "Written in Chalk," song of the year for Chalk and duo or group of the year.

Justin Townes Earle won the emerging artist of the year award over Band of Heathens, Belleville Outfit and Sarah Borges.

Guitarist Gurf Morlix received the Instrumentalist of the Year award early in the evening, taking it over Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.

John Fogerty received a Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting.

John Cowan and Darrell Scott presented a Lifetime Instrumental Award to Sam Bush.

Ken Leviton was awarded the Jack Emerson Award by Emmylou Harris.

Asleep at the Wheel took home the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance.

The evening also featured a slew of musical performances including Garden Party and Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Fogerty and Written in Chalk by with Patty Griffin helping out. The show closed with Little Feat's Dixie Chicken with Jim Lauderdale, Jason Isbell, Bush, Harris and Earle among those on stage.

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