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Jackson, Mellencamp receive Americana awards

Sunday, August 8, 2010 – Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz and Brian Ahern will receive special honors from the Americana Music Association at its awards show in September.

Jackson, Mellencamp, Lewis, Leisz, and Ahern will be honored in the Performance, Songwriting, Executive, Instrumentalist, and Producer/Engineer Lifetime Achievement Award categories, respectively.

Jackson has enjoyed a career as the Queen of Rockabilly along with being a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. Mellencamp is a rootsy singer who has enjoyed much commercial success. Lewis is chairman of Chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, which includes Lost Highway imprint. The label is home to such singers as Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams. Leisz is lap and pedal steel, guitar, mandolin and bass player, who has recorded with Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Beck and more. Ahern has produced Emmylou Harris, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Anne Murray, Billy Joe Shaver, Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester and Ricky Skaggs.

The awards will be presented at the AMA's 2010 Honors and Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Thursday, Sept. 9, during the 11th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference.

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