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Lomax receives CMA honor

Monday, November 15, 2010 – John Lomax III, owner of Roots Music Exporters, received the 2010 Jo Walker-Meador International Award during last week's Country Music Association festivities.

"It's a huge honor and a real thrill to be recognized after a lot of miles and a lot of nights away from home," said Lomax. "I love taking country music all around the world. It's a common language. I've been to countries where no one spoke English, but they spoke country music."

The Jo Walker-Meador International Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual or company in advocating and supporting country's marketing development in territories outside the U.S. It was named in honor of former CMA Executive Director (1959-1991) and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jo Walker-Meador.

While primarily engaged in exporting, Lomax is also an internationally known music journalist whose work has been published on four continents. He currently writes a regular column for Country Update in Australia and Country Music People in England. He has authored three books, including Nashville Music City USA, and penned numerous entries in the upcoming revised edition of the CMF/Oxford U Press Encyclopaedia of Country Music. He was A&R consultant for Demon/Edsel Records (UK) from 1996-2000, and is an experienced artist manager whose past clients have included The Cactus Brothers, Kasey Chambers, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt. Lomax established Roots Music Exporters in 2001, selling indie artist, retail exclusive, and limited edition CDs, DVDs, and vinyl to importers in Australia, Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

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