Rodney Crowell to Receive ASCAP's Founders Award

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers,will present celebrated Americana and country music songwriter-artist Rodney Crowell with its prestigious ASCAP Founders Award at the 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs of 2016, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, November 6.

ASCAP President Paul Williams said: "Rodney Crowell is one of the most treasured voices in American music. For decades, whether writing #1 country hits and collaborating with some of the world's top artists, or exploring his own musical soul in rich, literary detail, he has crafted a brilliant body of work marked by powerful intimacy, epic scope and profound insight into the human experience. He is a masterful storyteller and musician who continues to elevate the songwriters' art, and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award."

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young, among others.

Rodney Crowell is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has written or recorded 15 #1 songs on the country music charts. He has won five Americana Music Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting in 2009, and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by country legends (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Strait), current country chart toppers (Tim McGraw, Keith Urban), blues icons (Etta James) and rock and roll legends (Van Morrison, Bob Seger). Crowell's latest album, Close Ties, was released in March on New West Records to critical acclaim.

The 55th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will feature presentations of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter-Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening will include live performances of some of the past year's most performed songs by award-winning songwriters and/or the artists who recorded them.

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