The Americana Music Association recently announced the selection of Bonnie Raitt to receive its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the Association’s 11th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony, slated for Wednesday, September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. As this year’s honoree, Bonnie joins a distinguished list of previous recipients, which includes Gregg Allman, Wanda Jackson, Asleep at the Wheel, Jason & the Scorchers, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Chris Hillman, Levon Helm and Emmylou Harris.
Bonnie will also participate in the Artist Keynote Interview during the Americana Music Festival & Conference. The in-depth interview, hosted by NPR Music’s Ann Powers, is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 12 and is open to conference attendees.
Throughout her career, Bonnie Raitt has celebrated and shaped American roots music. More than just a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter, Raitt has become an institution in American music. A nine-time GRAMMY winner, Raitt was named one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Throughout her career, she’s combined old-school, country-blues grounding with a contemporary outlook and a willingness to experiment. Bonnie Raitt has left an indelible mark Americana Music as we know it today.
After decades of major label releases, Bonnie launched her own label, Redwing Records, in 2012 as a platform for creating and releasing her first album in seven years, the acclaimed and Top Ten Billboard charting Slipstream. The album’s title is one of significance for Bonnie; “I’m in the slipstream of all these styles of music,” she says. “I’m in the slipstream of those who came before me, and I’m leaving one for those behind me. I’m holding up the traditions of the music that I love.”
The 13th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, kicks off Wednesday, September 12 and runs through Saturday, September 15. The conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Downtown Nashville Sheraton Hotel and other select venues throughout the city. The week will culminate with the 11th Annual Americana Honors and Awards ceremony hosted by industry stalwart Jim Lauderdale and band leader Buddy Miller on Wednesday, September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The festival brings more than 100-stacked Americana showcases to venues throughout Music City. Last year, approximately 1,000 industry professionals attended the conference, while more than 12,000 fans enjoyed the festival’s musical events.