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Lynn, Browne, Jimenez, Mahal honored by AMA

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – Loretta Lynn, Jackson Browne, Flaco Jiménez and Taj Mahal will receive the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony on Sept. 17 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

"These artists have not only influenced the Americana community, but the musical landscape on the whole," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "They all have been an inspiration to our community, and we are humbled they will honor us in song at the Ryman this fall."

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting goes to Lynn. She was coal miner's daughter from Johnson County, Ky. and challenged convention and sang her mind. Her songwriting was unprecedented for its candor among women in country with such songs as "The Pill," "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" and "Rated "X."

Browne will receive the "Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music" co presented with the First Amendment Center. He has worked for clean energy in the '70s or challenging U.S. foreign policy in the '80s. He was a co-founder of Musicians United for Safe Energy andnukefree.org.

Jiménez will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award as an Instrumentalist. The most accomplished and in-demand conjunto tejano accordion player of all time, San Antonio-born Jiménez has collaborated with Doug Sahm, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

The Lifetime Achievement in Performance goes to Mahal. Raised in a musical family and steeped in jazz and R&B, his take on traditional music has always had a spiritual bent. He took his stage name about 1960 and pursued folk and blues, eventually embracing its Caribbean and African roots. His first career path was as a dairy farmer in Massachusetts, but he followed his musical interests to Los Angeles in the early '60s where he formed the Rising Sons with Ry Cooder. He'd go on to work with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Ali Farka Toure and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

The 15th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will be Sept. 17-21 in Nashville, kicked off by the 13th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show on Sept. 17.

The show will be taped for air on PBS later this year.

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