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Joe Ely receives Americana Music Association honor

Thursday, July 19, 2007 – Joe Ely will receive the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing from the Americana Music Association, the group announced Thursday.

"Ely's live shows have become legendary, and throughout his genre -crossing career, he has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Los Super Seven, and James McMurtry, The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark," said AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly in announcing the award from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium where the group was recognizing Levon Helm of The Band.

"Four years ago Levon received the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing, but due to personal health reasons was unable to come to Nashville, said Hilly. "How honored are we that the man many people call the godfather of the Americana Roots Music movement is honoring us with his performance here tonight."

The presentation to Ely, who released two albums already this year, will be made Nov. 1 at the Ryman Auditorium during the 6th Annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards Show as part of the AMA's annual conference in Nashville.

The AMA also will present the Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Producer/Engineer, Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, The Presidents Award and the Jack Emerson Executive Award. Recipients in these categories will be announced between now and October.

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