Jackson Browne will be honored by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) next month in California.
Browne will receive the Les Paul Innovation Award during the 33rd Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards, taking place January 27 in Anaheim. The award, presented by the Les Paul Foundation, honors someone who has "set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul."
In a statement, Les Paul Foundation Executive Director Michael Braunstein said that, "Jackson Browne's success as a singer, songwriter and guitarist has had a prolific impression on the music industry throughout his successful career. Like Les Paul, Jackson has never shied away from expressing his emotions or thoughts through his music. I have no doubt that Les would have liked to share a few jams with Jackson along the way."
Also being honored that night will be The Section, the group of session players (Danny Kortchmar, Craig Doerge, Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel) who worked with Browne as well as Carole King, James Taylor and many others.
The troupe will be inducted into the NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Hall of Fame and will reunite for a rare performance during the ceremony.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.