Awards set for Sept. 9.
Judy Collins and the late John Hartford will be honored with special awards during the fourth annual Americana Music Assn. Honors & Awards, set for Sept. 9 in Nashville. Collins will be given the First Amendment Center/AMA Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award. Hartford will be recognized with the AMA's President's Award.
Collins is being honored for her support of a number of social and political causes. She will perform "Amazing Grace" during the show. Previous recipients of the Free Speech Award are Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash.
Hartford's family is expected to be on hand to accept his President's Award, which is traditionally given in posthumous recognition of outstanding contributions to the Americana genre. Arlo Guthrie will lead a group of the evening's performers in singing Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind."
The AMA Awards will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and will feature performances from Guy Clark, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris and others. The show will be telecast on Great Americana Country on Sept. 26.