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AMA honors lang

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – kd lang will receive the Americana Music Association's Americana Trailblazer Award.

The honor will be presented to lang at the 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

lang has a varied career ranging from hard core country to chanteuse. She has also been a strong advocate of LGBTQ and animal rights throughout the years.

"We are beyond excited to honor k.d. lang at our hallmark event of the year," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the AMA "Her unwavering artistry has set a new standard for any musician of this current generation, and we are humbled to honor that legacy."

"Sing it Loud" was lang's most recent solo studio album, released by Nonesuch in 2011. She also released an album in 2016 with Laura Veirs and Neko Case, "case/lang/veirs."

Separately, lang will also headline the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday, Sept. 16 as part of her "Ingénue Redux" Tour, celebrating the album's 25th anniversary.

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Sing It Loud CD review - Sing It Loud
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A Truly Western Experience- 25th Anniversary Edition CD review - A Truly Western Experience- 25th Anniversary Edition
She came twirling out of Canada in 1987, pinching the cheeks of the Nashville establishment with a blend of countrypolitan vocals and rockin' Dave Edmunds-inspired rootsabilly. Before "Angel with a Lariat" appeared, Kathryn Dawn Lang had charmed her native land with television appearances, blistering live gigs and a nine-track album that coalesced her vision of country music. This crisp-sounding 15-track reissue, fleshed out with live cuts, a demo, and her debut single, including »»»
Reintarnation CD review - Reintarnation
The cover design echoes the Clash's "London Calling" and is a reminder of k.d. lang's punk sensibilities - and sense of humor. The 20 songs are a testament to the Canadian's songwriting ability and, of course, that voice. It's the one-in-a-million voice that propelled lang into the mainstream music world, completely on her own terms, and in spite of her gender-bending image. And now after more than two decades of acclaimed CDs, lang is in a position to boast and reminisce a little. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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