Americana Music Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance

As I’ve mentioned here a few times already, the Americana Honors and Awards Show will take place September 18th at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. I’ve been profiling some of the nominees in a few of the different categories and will continue to do so in the days leading up to the awards.

In addition to the annual awards to honor the best music and musicians of the previous year, the Americana Music Association also hands out several special honors and lifetime achievement awards. Today, we take a look at this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achivement Award for Performing… Jason and the Scorchers.

Although Uncle Tupelo’s 1990 album, No Depression, is widely regarded as the opening salvo of the alt-country movement, Jason and The Scorchers released their debut EP, Reckless Country Soul, eight years earlier in 1982. Like Uncle Tupelo, The Scorchers blended the fiery energy of rock and punk with an earnest country twang. The Scorchers did it first, and they did it in Nashville.

Original members Jason Ringenberg, Warner Hodges, Jeff Johnson, and Perry Baggs will be on hand at the Americana Honors and Awards Show. The original members will also perform together for the first time in a decade at the show and again later that night at The Mercy Lounge.

As I’ve mentioned here before, I never had the chance to see Jason and the Scorchers live, but their live exploits are the stuff of legend. They helped lay the groundwork for what is now referred to as alt-country, Jason Ringenberg’s hat and jacket are on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and now The Scorchers join Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Chris Hillman, Marty Stuart, Alejandro Escovedo, and Joe Ely as winners of this Lifetime Achivement Award. It’s a well deserved honor.

Here’s a taste of The Scorchers’ body of work.

Jason & The Scorchers: Aboslutely Swee Marie (Buy Album)
Jason & The Scorchers: Harvest Moon (Buy Album)
Jason & The Scorchers: Golden Ball & Chain (Buy Album)
Jason & The Scorchers: 19th Nervous Breakdown (Buy Album)
Jason & The Scorchers: Cry By Night Operator (Buy Album)

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