Gene Autry and Brenda Lee to be Awarded the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement

The 9513 posts that Gene Autry and Brenda Lee will be presented with the Grammy for the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on Feb. 7 and will be acknowledged during the Grammy telecast the next evening. Other honorees for the award this year are the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Hank Jones, Dean Martin and Tom Paxton.

The Dallas Observer’s  Noah W. Bailey, has done this native Dallasite (well, Irvingite) proud by publishing what I consider to be one of the best, and most innovative, best of 2008 Americana lists I’ve seen.

Chris Parton  at the CMT blog posts that the excellent SteelDrivers‘ self titled debut was the most downloaded Americana/Bluegrass album of the year on iTunes. has posted a nice complitation of some of the covers the Drive By Truckers have recorded on tour over the years (including my personal favorite Alice Cooper’s Eighteen.)

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