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Lyle Lovett to receive American music honor

Monday, October 1, 2007 – Lyle Lovett will receive the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award and perform at the organization's 2007 Honors and Awards show, on Nov. 1 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also sponsor a keynote interview with Lovett Nov. 2, during the association's annual conference.

Dr. Warren Zanes, Education Advisor to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, will moderate the in-depth discussion with Lovett.

The Americana Trailblazer Award seeks to honor those emboldened artists who create timeless musical capsules of individualistic style and purpose, according to the association. "A connoisseur and catalyst of fine music, Lyle Lovett embodies the term genre-bending. Three decades of the Texas native's sui generis gospel-roots-jazz-swing concoction have been well-documented by 11 albums, 4 Grammys and a distinct voice both as a songwriter and vocal stylist," a press release said.

"It's an honor to be part of the Americana Honors & Awards tribute to Lyle Lovett," said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. "The social soundtrack that Lyle continues to create makes us proud to be working with the Americana Music Association in our shared mission of celebrating modern music and the great artists who create it."

"Lyle Lovett's designation as the first recipient of the Trailblazer Award really sets the tone for the honor itself," said AMA 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."

Lovett rounds out the lineup of artists scheduled to perform during the 8th annual Americana Awards and Honors ceremony. Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Darrell Scott, Joe Ely, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Todd Snider, Gurf Morlix, The Avett Brothers, Sunny Sweeney, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hacienda Brothers and Elizabeth Cook will all take the stage.

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring a band led by Buddy Miller, the event will also toast winners in six member-voted categories: Album, Artist, Instrumentalist, New and Emerging Artist, Song and Duo/Group of the Year. The AMA will also recognize Ely with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performance category. Clark will accept the AMA President's award on behalf of his friend, Townes Van Zandt. Clark's performance will pay tribute to the late Van Zandt.

Slated for Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 3, the festival 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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Songs for the Season CD review - Songs for the Season
Lyle Lovett's Christmas EP "Release Me" is only truly jolly to a point. After all, The Girl with the Holiday Smile begins with Lovett storytelling, "I met a hooker at the grocery story." It's not the sort of thing that would fit in either It's A Wonderful Life or Miracle On 34th Street. However, in Lovett's twisted little world, prostitutes belong right alongside Christmas trees and mistletoe. This short recorded effort is more than just a Pretty Woman Christmas, though. »»»
Natural Forces CD review - Natural Forces
In 1998, Lyle Lovett released "Step Inside This House," a 2-disc salute to Texas songwriters and, by extension, the spirit and pull of his home state. Lovett's place must have had a mighty big foyer as the writers invited in numbered 10 strong, including Willis Alan Ramsey, Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, whose song gave the collection its title. "Natural Forces" carries echoes of that earlier release, only with a condensed tributee list, leaving room for some new Lovett »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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