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Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jiménez and Taj Mahal to Receive Lifetime Achievement

Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jiménez
and Taj Mahal to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at Americana Music
Association’s Honors & Awards Show on September 17
 
Nashville, Tenn. — July 8, 2014 — The Americana
Music Association announces the selection of Jackson Browne, Loretta
Lynn, Flaco Jiménez and Taj Mahal as Lifetime Achievement Award winners
to be presented at its 13th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, presented
by Nissan, on Wednesday, September 17 at the historic Ryman Auditorium
in Nashville. The show will be taped for air on PBS later this year in
the Austin City Limits timeslot and titled ACL Presents: Americana Music
Festival 2014.
 
Jackson Browne will receive the “Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music” co-presented with the First Amendment Center.
 
Whether galvanizing supporters of clean energy in the 70s or
challenging U.S. foreign policy in the 80s, Browne’s social voice has
been almost as widely heard and appreciated as his era-shaping songs and
performances. He’s sung on the behalf of Farm Aid, Amnesty
International, MoveOn.org‘s Vote For Change and was a co-founder of Musicians United for Safe Energy and nukefree.org.
Browne’s music helped stamp the template for the fully-formed
songwriter/artist during a golden age, and he’s in the Rock and Roll and
Songwriter’s Halls of Fame because of it.   
 
He’s never hesitated to use his free speech to support what he
believes in, especially protecting the environment. “On a night when I
was singing my most personal reflections on life,” Browne wrote in an
Op-Ed piece for the UK Daily Mail, “I wanted to bring up the life of the
planet.” 
 
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting goes to Loretta Lynn.
 
Her story is an American classic that happens to be true. As her
famous song says, she was coal miner’s daughter from Johnson County,
Kentucky. Yet she became one of the most pivotal and admired women in
the history of American music because of the way she challenged
convention, sang her mind and achieved stunning success doing so. Her
songwriting was unprecedented for its candor among women in country
music, and a string of hits such as “The Pill,” “Don’t Come Home A
Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)” and “Rated “X”” forced country
music and its fans to confront sexism and double standards. She’s
received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center
Honor.  
 
Flaco 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, TX born musician Flaco Jiménez has
collaborated with dozens of legends, spreading one of the world’s great
musical genres into unexpected places. His father was a major conjunto
pioneer, but Flaco quickly found a crossover path working with country
rocker Doug Sahm and then Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Bob Dylan and The Rolling
Stones. He’s won several GRAMMY Awards, including one with super-group
Los Super Seven. It’s his joyful accordion lines you hear lending vigor
to “Streets of Bakersfield” by Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens. Jiménez
helped foster a more inclusive and diverse path for Americana music. 
 
In the category of Lifetime Achievement in Performance, the honor goes to Taj Mahal, who says he plays “for the goddess of music.”
 
Raised in a musical family and steeped in jazz and R&B, his
unique take on traditional music has always had a spiritual element. 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 took his stage name around
1960 and pursued folk and blues, eventually embracing its Caribbean and
African roots. He’d go on to work with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton,
Etta James, Ali Farka Toure and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among many
others. Through a forty-year career, Taj Mahal has been a shining light
of integrity and interpretive brilliance. 

“These artists have not only influenced the
Americana community, but the musical landscape as a 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.”

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