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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS AND STEVE FORBERT AT GRAMMY MUSEUM® IN LOS ANGELES
Feb 4, 2013 - Feb 7, 2013 See Schedule
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS AND STEVE FORBERT TO PERFORM AT FOURTH ANNUAL MISSISSIPPI MUSIC CELEBRATION AT GRAMMY MUSEUM® IN LOS ANGELES
JACKSON, MISS. - (February 1, 2013) — Mississippi’s musical artists are at the center of American popular music, and that legacy is apparent in the number of Mississippians who have been recognized by The Recording Academy® with GRAMMY Awards®, GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® inductions and Lifetime Achievement Awards. On Thursday, February 7, this year’s "Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum®" at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles will celebrate that unparalleled musical legacy and specifically honor Mississippi’s pivotal role in the development of American popular music. The evening’s festivities will also include special announcements related to the GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi. The event is part of GRAMMY® Week, a preamble to the GRAMMY Awards® ceremony scheduled on Sunday, February 10.
On February 7 at 5:30 p.m., the State of Mississippi will host a press conference regarding the development of the GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi. Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE; Patrick Gallagher, principal of exhibit design firm Gallagher and Associates; Cleveland Music Foundation President Lucy Janoush and Project Consultant Allan Hammons will unveil renderings of the new Museum project. On the same evening at 7:30 p.m., Mississippi’s Music Celebration will feature performances by the North Mississippi Allstars and Steve Forbert in the Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.
Previous Mississippi Music Celebrations at the GRAMMY Museum® have included performances by Lifetime Achievement Award-winner David "Honeyboy" Edwards, five-time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart, blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin, The Williams Brothers, Dorothy Moore, Shannon McNally, Jimbo Mathus, Eddie Cotton, and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band.
"As the birthplace of America’s music, Mississippi’s influence can be heard everywhere," said Bob Santelli, executive director of The GRAMMY Museum. "We’ve been honored to showcase Mississippi’s blues heritage for the last three years here at The GRAMMY Museum. The artists participating in Mississippi Night perfectly highlight the tremendous range of Mississippi’s musical legacy."
Recognizing the achievements of artists from around the world, the annual GRAMMY Awards® celebrate the wealth of American popular music, whose development is hard to imagine without the contributions of Mississippi artists. In positioning itself as the "Birthplace of America’s Music," Mississippi draws on the legacy of music pioneers such as Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Hank Jones, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Leontyne Price, Charley Pride, Pops Staples and Muddy Waters. The state can also look to modern day music makers such as Brandy, Faith Hill, North Mississippi Allstars, The Band Perry, Paul Overstreet, LeAnn Rimes, Williams Brothers, Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Cassandra Wilson.
"Mississippi is the birthplace of American music, and I am grateful for this opportunity to showcase our state’s rich musical heritage," said Governor Phil Bryant. "This event recognizes the significant impact Mississippians have made on American popular music and will provide others a glimpse of what our great state has to offer."
Mississippi has embraced its role as the "Birthplace of America’s Music" through initiatives like the B.B. King Museum, Delta Blues Museum, Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, and the Mississippi Blues and Country Music trails statewide. The Mississippi Blues Trail is a top tourist attraction that brings visitors to over 160 sites within the state as well as nine in other states and one outside the country. The Trail recognizes blues artists, places where they lived and played, and other relevant sites that give visitors an intimate feel for where the blues were born. The Country Music Trail honors the state’s country greats including Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette, Faith Hill, and Jimmie Rodgers.
In April 2010, the State of Mississippi and the GRAMMY Museum® announced the first ever satellite GRAMMY Museum® to be built on the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi and the Delta Music Institute will form a unique partnership that will inspire and help shape the music and musicians of today and for generations to come. Bringing one of the most recognized brands in the world to the birthplace of American music is a win for Mississippi and for musicians and music lovers everywhere.
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will be dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music and the cultural context from which it emerges. The Museum will use a dynamic combination of exhibits, public events, and educational programming to explore, celebrate, and experience the enduring legacies of all forms of recorded music; the creative process of music making; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards®, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment. The "Mississippi Influences" gallery will introduce visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers, and musicians on modern world music. The Museum’s permanent exhibition will utilize film, video, interactive kiosks and, of course, music. The Museum will continually augment its permanent exhibition with temporary exhibits created by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will be designed by a duo of Mississippi-based firms, which includes Dale Partners Architects P.A. and Eley|Barkley, PA. Dale Partners Architects P.A. is one of the largest full service architectural firms in Mississippi. Having been in business for over 32 years, T. Doug Dale and his partners have earned their firm 70 design-related awards including a "Top Design Firm" distinction. Eley|Barkley, P.A. has over 30 years of experience providing professional design services.
The Museum’s exhibition spaces will be designed by Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm, with offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Singapore. The firm’s extensive experience spans over 30 years and includes projects ranging from cultural history and natural science, to music and the arts. Gallagher & Associates’ music-related museum design work includes projects for the B.B. King Museum (Indianola, Miss.), Music Instrument Museum (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ray Charles Memorial Library (Los Angeles, Calif.) and the GRAMMY® Museum at L.A. LIVE.
"Mississippi music is more than just a historical fact," said Jon Hornyak, senior executive director of The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter. "The state is giving birth to more American music every day in a renaissance that spans genres and geography, from Biloxi to Clarksdale to the north Mississippi hill country. The Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum® continues to demonstrate the wealth of talent from the state. This year’s performances will undoubtedly follow that pattern as the North Mississippi Allstars and
Steve Forbert will show the audience that Mississippi talent is as good as it gets."
The Mississippi Music Celebration at the GRAMMY Museum® is made possible by the generous support of Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, AT&T, Bank-Plus, Mississippi Economic Council, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi, and the Cleveland Music Foundation.
For more information about the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, contact the Cleveland Music Foundation at 662.453.4737.
About The GRAMMY Museum
Paying tribute to music’s rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests can experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver.
About the Performers
North Mississippi Allstars
North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996, the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.
The band’s debut album, Shake Hands With Shorty (2000), earned a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. After earning two additional GRAMMY® nominations in the same category for 51 Phantom (2001) and Electric Blue Watermelon (2005), the North Mississippi Allstars earned the reputation as one of the most intriguing acts to emerge from the loam of Southern blues and roots rock.
In 2008, after five studio albums and more than a decade touring together, the Dickinsons decided to branch out and pursue other projects. In 2009 Luther teamed up with Alvin Youngblood Hart and Jimbo Mathus to form the South Memphis String Band. The trio has toured across the country and released two albums since then. In 2012, Luther formed The Wandering, a five-piece folk band featuring Shannon McNally, Amy LaVere, Valerie June and Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner’s granddaughter), and released their debut record Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here. Luther also recorded and released a solo acoustic album, Hambone’s Meditations, which received a GRAMMY® nomination this year for Best Folk Album.
Meanwhile, Cody broadened the scope of his musical career and became what one might call an artistic entrepreneur in the fields of music, film and TV. Cody has contributed to several major motion picture soundtracks, including Barnyard, Snoop’s Hood of Horror and Black Snake Moan. He had a recurring role on MTV’s $5 Dollar Cover series and appears in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. As a producer, Cody has worked with a wide range of musicians including Lucero, Cisco Adler, and Les Claypool. He also produced British blues guitarist Ian Siegal’s
last two albums, The Skinny (2011) and Candystore Kid (2012), both of which were nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the annual Blues Music Awards. Despite all his work as a producer, Cody continues to be one of the industry’s premier drummers, demonstrated by his 2013 Blues Music Awards nomination in the Best Instrumentalist/Drums category.
The brothers reunited in 2010 to record Keys to the Kingdom after the passing of their father. Jim had always told them, "You need to be playing music together. You are better together than you will ever be apart." Inspired by his words, Luther and Cody went into the family’s home recording studio, Zebra Ranch, to create a record that could help them cope with the loss and rejoice in his honor.
Most recently, Luther and Cody have toured extensively with Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, headlined major festivals and toured internationally as a headliner and with Ian Siegal as part of The Mississippi Mudbloods. They also released two live bootleg records, 2011’s Live in the Hills and 2012’s Live in the Hills Volume II, both recorded at the annual North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic in Potts Camp, Mississippi.
The North Mississippi Allstars are at times joined by Lightnin’ Malcolm, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the legendary Chris Chew, and a host of other talented musicians. Luther and Cody continually expand the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that has inspired them from the beginning, but as Rolling Stone aptly notes, "the Allstars may be children of tradition, but they’re digging deep in undiscovered country."
As a young man from Meridian, Miss., Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. From those humble beginnings, he vaulted to international prominence with a gold album, Jackrabbit Slim, which featured the folk-rock hit "Romeo’s Tune." Critics raved about Forbert’s poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and crowds around the country responded with admiration.
Forbert’s lengthy discography has established him as an American icon. His music was pure Americana before that genre was recognized. The road and the changing landscape are an integral part of the hard-working Forbert’s life and songwriting. He was a truck driver before releasing his first album and says there’s "romance" involved when he gets in the car after each show and drives to the next gig in another city. His 2002 tribute album to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, earned a GRAMMY® nomination.
Fourteen albums later, Forbert’s stamp on American music is akin to the legendary footprints of Warren Zevon, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and other top American songwriters, and he has often been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. The former group did not get their due during their lifetimes, and that shouldn’t happen to Forbert. He deserves to be among the latter group.
Now, 34 years after his first album, Forbert recently released an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. "This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make," explains Forbert. "You don’t just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them."
The scrappy roots-rocker inside Forbert is still alive and well, and his concert performances have only grown more entertaining and personal with time. He is one of the few artists who can mesmerize a crowd with nothing but his distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar, and his harmonica slung around his neck.