Tuesday, October 16, 2007

MSC: Lyle Lovett at The Majestic and Award

Went with some friends to see Lyle at The Majestic in San Antonio on Sunday. The show was stunning (but what could anyone expect?). I couldn't have asked for any more great songs -- I Will Rise Up, Don't Cry a Tear, L.A. County, If I Had a Boat, Church, Closing Time . . . what a fantastic mix of brand new and old. And Lyle and April look great. Lyle was fnuny as ever. It was sure great seeing them as well as James Gilmer & John Hagen, and seeing Mitch Watkins play with them for the first time.

Here's a press release about another deserved, fine honor for Lyle, to be presented on his birthday no less.

October 2, 2007 — Lyle Lovett will receive the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and perform at the organization's 2007 Honors and Awards show, slated for November 1 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also sponsor a keynote interview with Lyle the following day during the association's annual conference. Dr. Warren Zanes, education advisor to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, will moderate the in-depth discussion with Lyle at 11 a.m. at the Nashville Convention Center.

Established to recognize true musical pioneers, the Americana Trailblazer Award seeks to honor artists who create timeless musical capsules of individualistic style and purpose. Lyle's gospel-roots-jazz-swing style has been well-documented in his 11 albums, four Grammys and distinct voice, both as a songwriter and vocal stylist over the past three decades.

"Lyle Lovett's designation as the first recipient of the Trailblazer Award really sets the tone for the honor itself," said Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly. "We at the AMA are consistently thrilled by the caliber of artist we represent and applaud. Lyle Lovett naturally falls into that elite fold."

Other artists scheduled to perform during the 8th annual Americana Awards and Honors ceremony include Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Todd Snider, the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, the Hacienda Brothers and Elizabeth Cook. Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the event will also toast winners in six member-voted categories and will recognize Joe Ely with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performance category. Guy Clark will accept the AMA President's Award on behalf of his friend, Townes Van Zandt.

Slated for Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, November 3, the 8th Annual Americana Festival and Conference will offer daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Nashville Convention Center. Each evening brings Americana showcases to key venues throughout Nashville.

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