The Americana Music Association has announced that k.d. lang will be their 2018 Americana Trailblazer Award Honouree. The Canadian artist will be celebrated for her singular career at this year’s 17th annual Americana Honours & Awards ceremony at the storied Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on 12 September.
lang joins the previously announced Buddy Guy on the 2018 roll of honour: the veteran blues innovator is the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award honouree. Other previously announced nominees include Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and John Prine for Artist of the Year.
In a separate, ticketed show to close out this year’s Americanafest week, lang will present a special An Evening With k.d. lang show at the Ryman on Sunday, 16 September. Tickets are also on sale for Comrades in Song, a 21 June concert presented by the AMA with such artists as Nikki Lane, JP Harris, Caroline Spence and others from the East Nashville community. They will each cover songs written by the likes of Brent Cobb, Margo Price and Erin Rae, in the show at Nashvile’s Basement East.
Four-time Grammy-winner lang, who won Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, in 1996, has just announced the autumn leg of her North American Ingénue Redux Tour. It will see her perform the whole of her platinum-selling album of 1992, which included such career songs as ‘Miss Chatelaine’ and ‘Constant Craving,’ at venues across the US.
The tour will begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on 7 September and concludes on 24 September in Houston, Texas. The nine-date itinerary includes another return to Nashville’s Ryman on the 16th of that month. lang was last on album in her 2016 collaboration with Neko Case and Laura Veirs, case/lang/veirs.
Her last solo studio set was 2008’s Watershed, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, her highest-ever ranking there. The album was certified gold in Australia.
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