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George Strait to Honor Jim Lauderdale at 2016 Americana Music Awards

George Strait will present Jim Lauderdale with a special award at this year’s Americana Awards.

Lauderdale has been selected to receive the Americana Music Association’s Wagonmaster Award. The honor is named after beloved Grand Ole Opry member Porter Wagoner. Each award is given to “valuable contributors to the course and history of Americana music.”

Strait himself has recorded over a dozen songs written by Lauderdale over the years, including “Twang” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” He will be on hand to give Lauderdale the award during the ceremony, which will be held in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 21.

Lauderdale is known as one of Americana and country music’s most accomplished songwriters. He has written hits for a number of artists, including Blake Shelton, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Lee Ann Womack. He’s released 23 studio albums and released collaborations with Dr. Ralph Stanley and Buddy Miller.

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The 15th Annual Americana Honors & Awards show will be held at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The event will coincide with the 17th annual Americana Music Festival, which will be held from Sept. 20-25. Tickets, wristbands and VIP packages are still available through the AmericanaFest website.

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George Strait to Honor Jim Lauderdale at 2016 Americana Music Awards