Skaggs, Hornsby to perform at Americana conference

Friday, August 24, 2007 – Ricky Scaggs and Bruce Hornsby, who released an album together earlier this year, will play at the Americana Honors and Awards Show Nov. 1 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Producer/Engineer Jim Dickinson will also receive a lifetime achievement award that night while Jim Lauderdale is back as host and Buddy Miller returns to lead the house band.

"This is shaping up to be an exciting event," said AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly. "I am proud to have Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller back on the show and proud to say that artists who have confirmed they will be there are Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby, Joe Ely, Amy Levere and the Avett Brothers. More artists will continue to be announced throughout the weeks leading up to November 1st, event."

Hilly also announced the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Producer/Engineer is going to Memphis' Dickinson. "We are honoring him not only for his time as a musician, having played for Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones, but as a producer recording Big Star's, Alex Chilton, Mojo Nixon and The Screamin' Jayhawks just to name a few.

Ely has already been named as the Lifetime Achievement Recipient for Performer. The association will announce the winners in six member voted categories including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Instrumentalist, New and Emerging Artist, Song of the Year and Duo Group of the Year at the Honors and Awards Show.

The conference, in its eighth year runs Wednesday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Nov. 3.

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