John Mellencamp, Wanda Jackson Will Receive Americana Lifetime Achievement Awards

Roots-rocker John Mellencamp, rockabilly star Wanda Jackson, label executive Luke Lewis, steel guitarist Greg Leisz and producer Brian Ahern will receive lifetime achievement awards from the Americana Music Association on Sept. 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Mellencamp will receive his award for songwriting, while Jackson will accept hers in the performance category. Lewis, Leisz, and Ahern will be honored in the executive, instrumentalist and producer/engineer categories, respectively. The AMA Honors and Awards show will take place during the Americana Music Festival and Conference held Sept. 8-11 in Nashville. The ceremony will also feature the Avett Brothers, Sam Bush, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Patty Griffin, Sarah Jarosz, Will Kimbrough, host Jim Lauderdale and bandleader Buddy Miller.