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Jamey Johnson, Macs Davis and McAnally win awards

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – Jamey Johnson, Mac Davis and Mac McAnally won awards Wednesday from the Alabama Music Hall.

They will be inducted with four others during the 13th Induction Banquet and Awards Show in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, March 25.

Johnson will receive the Alabama's Rising Star Award category. Johnson, who was born in Enterprise and grew up in Montgomery, co-wrote the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music 2007 Song of the Year Give It Away, recorded by George Strait. The Grammy-nominated artist won the ACM's and CMA's Song of the Year for his single In Color.

The Jerry Wexler Award will go to former Muscle Shoals recording artist Davis, of Los Angeles. Davis is a songwriter who found success as a recording artist with Rick Hall as his producer at Fame in Muscle Shoals. Among their hits were Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me, Stop And Smell The Roses, Texas In My Rear View Mirror and Hooked on Music. In 1974, Davis was named the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year.

The Arthur Alexander songwriter's award will go to singer/songwriter Mac McAnally, of Sheffield. McAnally, a Red Bay native who grew up in Belmont, Miss., has won numerous awards for his songwriting. He writes and tours with Jimmy Buffett, whom he also produces.

Others receiving honors will be:

Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee: Performing artist/group category - The Blind Boys of Alabama and Eddie Levert, (the lead singer of the O'Jays.)

Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee: Music creator - Dothan songwriter/record producer Buddy Buie and Florence session musician Jerry Carrigan

Entertainment industry - record producer/musician Paul Hornsby

John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award - the late Muscle Shoals musician Terry Thompson and singer/Colbert-Lauderdale County State Senator Bobby Denton.

Governor's award - B. A. Nugent, of Point Clear.

Music industry award - Integrity, Inc. chief executive officer Michael Coleman, of Mobile.

Sam Phillips innovator's award - Concert promoter Tony Ruffino, of Birmingham.

Media award - Original MTV veejay Alan Hunter, of Birmingham.

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