Morrison to receive AMA honor
Friday, May 12, 2017
– Van Morrison will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 13, it was announced today.
Morrison also will headline the Americana Music Association's Ascend Amphitheater show this year along with his daughter Shana Morrison on Sept. 14 during AMERICANAFEST week 2017.
Earlier this week, the AMAS announced nominees for its awards show, which will be held during that week.
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Pay the Devil
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That confidence is audible from the moment the CD kicks in with no fanfare, no intro music, just Van Morrison's iconic voice growling "There Stands the Glass." Like the other standards, it's comfortingly familiar without being trite. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Moakler does it his way
Steve Moakler told the good-sized crowd that he had played just about every college there is in the area. Now, that would be quite a lot and probably a bit hyperbolic. But the point is he's trying to do it his way.
Without the benefits of commercial radio play or a label behind him, Moakler has benefitted from extraterrestrial radio playing his... »»»
Concert Review: Giddens captivates, engages
About the only thing wrong that Rhiannon Giddens did was play a too small 900-plus seat venue that sold out months in advance. Aside from that misstep of not allowing in even more of her fans, Giddens was captivating, engaging and certainly not afraid to continue as potent musical force, although she was far more overtly political.... »»»
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