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Bingham wins two AMA awards

Friday, September 10, 2010 – Ryan Bingham won two awards Thursday at the 9th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards at the Ryman in Nashville.

The Weary Kind, the theme from film "Crazy Heart" earned 2010 Song of the Year honors. The song was co-written by Bingham and T Bone Burnett. Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott presented the award. Bingham's later returned to the stage to accept the Artist of the Year award from presenters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Courtyard Hounds.

Rosanne Cash latest release, "The List," received Album of the Year honors. The disc features 12 interpretations of songs pulled from a list of country standards Cash's father in 1973. 2010 Spirit of Americana Free Speech in Music Award honoree Mary Chapin Carpenter and First Amendment Center President and CEO Ken Paulson presented the award.

The Avett Brothers walked away with a Duo/Group of the Year win, presented by John Oates and Mary Gauthier, while humorous singer Hayes Carll was crowned New/Emerging Artist of the Year by past winners the Avett Brothers and Grace Potter. Buddy Miller earned another Instrumentalist of the Year title, presented by Robert Plant and Gibson Guitar President Dave Berryman.

2010 Americana Lifetime Achievement Awards were also presented to Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern.

Jack White presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Performance to Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer member. Jackson also performed at the event.

Rosanne Cash bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting on Mellencamp. Mellencamp then turned in a soulful performance of Save Some Time to Dream.

Lucinda Williams honored Luke Lewis with the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Executive. The chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville, Lewis' commitment to the label's Lost Highway imprint and other Universal subsets has created a home for Americana greats.

Sam Bush stepped in to present the Lifetime Achievement Award for an Instrumentalist to Greg Leisz, the lap and pedal steel, guitar, mandolin and bass player who has enriched recordings by Lucinda Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and Beck.

Emmylou Harris led the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Producer/Engineer honoring Brian Ahern, whose work as a producer includes seminal albums for Harris, as well as acclaimed output from Marty Robbins, George Jones, Anne Murray, Billy Joe Shaver, Rodney Crowell, Jesse Winchester and Ricky Skaggs.

Live performances were turned in by Sarah Jarosz, Corb Lund, Minton Sparks featuring Miller and Don Was, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Joe Pug, Harris featuring Crowell, Bingham, Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Avett Brothers, and Jim Lauderdale.

Plant ended the evening with a surprise 30-minute set.

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