Judy Collins to Receive Americana Free Speech Award

Singer Judy Collins will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award at the fourth annual Americana Music Association awards program. The late singer-songwriter John Hartford will also be honored with the Americana Music Association’s President’s Award during the Sept. 9 event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Spirit of Americana Award, presented by the association and the First Amendment Center, calls attention to those who have been vocal in promoting social and political causes. Past recipients include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle. The awards show will feature appearances by actor Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, R&B great Solomon Burke and many others. Arlo Guthrie will lead all of the performers in singing Hartford’s classic, “Gentle on My Mind.”