Wanda Jackson Honored by NEA

Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, old-time music preservationist Janette Carter, Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet and gospel singer Albertina Walker are among 12 recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2005 National Heritage Fellowships. Each fellowship includes a one-time award of $20,000 presented to honorees chosen for their artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and contributions to their field. This year’s recipients represent a wide variety of talents, including Navajo weaving, Hawaiian chanting and Mexican American paper cutting. Carter, daughter of original Carter Family founders A.P. and Sara Carter, will also receive the Bess Lomax Hawes award in recognition of her lifelong advocacy for the performance and preservation of traditional Appalachian music. Doucet, a master musician and folklorist, leads the popular Cajun band, BeauSoleil.