Congrats Willie Nelson! Willie Nelson is the first country artist to receive the Gershwin Prize. Presented by the Library of Congress, the award honors “musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of poplular song exemplify the standard of excellence assosiated with George and Ira Gershwin by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding, entertaining and informing audiences and inpsiring new generations.”
Nelson will be honored by Rosanne Cash, Leon Bridges, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Paul Simon and Neil Young in the concert: Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which premieres Friday, Jan 15th at 9PM on PBS. Click HERE for more info.
Jan 14 2016
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Last week, the Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum announced that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss would appear in celebration of “Lead Belly at 125: A Tribute to an American Songster”. The concert will honor the musical legacy of Huddie William Ledbetter and will take place on April 25th at the Kennedy Center. More performers include Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, and Valerie June.
The pairing reminded us of Plant & Krauss’s brilliant 2007 album, Raising Sand which won Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards (plus all four other categories it was nominated for) and went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S. alone. The songs were hand-picked by producer T Bone Burnett including this week’s Top Tune, a stunning version of “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” written by our very own Sam Phillips.
The tune was recorded by Phillips herself a year later on her eleventh studio album, 2008′s Don’t Do Anything on Nonesuch Records. It was inspired by Sister Rosetta Tharpe as Sam explains:
“I was using her (Tharpe) to talk about the things that we can’t see that happen all around us – the inspiration, the good things that happen to us all the time, and where do those things from? I think through music and art is how we get to ecstatic experiences. There are other ways too, but I think for us the familiar ways are through music and art”.
We couldn’t agree more!
Contact & Licensing info:
Sam Phillips is published by Eden Bridge Music/Some Kind Of Music, LLC (ASCAP) contact: Damon Booth – firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing – contact: Sean McGraw email@example.com. Master controlled by Rounder Records c/o Concord Music Group.
Mar 11 2015
Out now! Starbucks Records has just released T Bone Burnett: The Producer, which features three songs written by Sam Phillips: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us,” Jimmy Dale Gilmore’s “Where Is Love Now,” and Sam herself performing “Baby I Can’t Please You”…! (The Sam completest should also know that she is singing backing vocals on the Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” – also included here).
Full tracklisting and ordering details HERE!
Jul 29 2011